Sato switches to A.J. Foyt Racing for 2013
11 January 2013 – Takuma Sato has signed a deal to contest the 2013 IndyCar Series campaign for A.J. Foyt Racing. The Japanese driver, who finished 14th in the standings with Rahal Letterman Lanigan last year, replaces Britain's Mike Conway at the squad.
"I am extremely excited to be a part of A.J. Foyt Racing and working with ABC Supply for the 2013 season," said the ex-F1 driver. "I have seen the potential of the team last year on a number of occasions. I think the team has one of the best engineering staffs in the paddock led by Don Halliday. I can’t wait to start testing next month."
Team owner A.J. Foyt is equally pleased with the agreement, explaining that Sato's experience and relentless desite to succeed made him the obvious choice for 2013.
"There were a lot of question marks when the season ended, but I’m happy to put an end to all that now," explained Foyt. "We chose to go with Takuma Sato because he brings a lot of experience to our team but he has the hunger of a rookie.
"He’s certainly proven he has the desire to win. I think he has learned quite a bit in the short time he’s been over here and I look forward to working with him this year."
Sato, who will contest all 19 rounds of the 2013 IndyCar season, is set to be joined at the team by rookie Chase Austin for the blue riband Indianapolis 500 event in May.