Sato to continue with Foyt
18 December 2013 – Former F1 ace Takuma Sato is to remain with AJ Foyt Racing for the 2014 IndyCar Series, it has been announced.
Sato, who was recently named as one of the test and development drivers for the new Formula E Championship, claimed his maiden win in IndyCar this year, when he triumphed in the Long Beach Grand Prix. It was the first time a Japanese driver had ever won an IndyCar race – and it was also the first win for Foyt since 2002.
"It is great news that I will continue to drive with ABC Supply/AJ Foyt Racing next year,” said Sato. “We had some great results in our first year. I know what the team is capable of and what I am capable of in the coming season.”
“Working with A.J., Larry [Foyt], Don [Halliday] and all the boys - and, of course, ladies! - is just fantastic,” Sato continued. “This team is really special for me. I always felt that the team was behind me and it gave me the confidence to go for the win in races. I’m very excited to continue to build this great relationship. We know what we need to focus on next year. We are anxious to test the new Honda engine - from what I hear, the engine will put us in a great position to be up front more often in 2014. I am convinced that we can be a contender in the Championship.”
“I am thrilled to have Takuma driving for us again,” Team Director Larry Foyt added. “Taku, our engineers and mechanics all gelled quickly last year, and getting to victory lane together was something we are all very proud of.
“We are focused on building on the positives from last season and working towards more victories and a higher standing in the championship. I know with Taku’s talent and our race team personnel, these are realistic goals.”
Sato ended the 2013 season 17th in the Drivers' standings with 322 points on the board. He is due to test for the team at Sebring today.
Meanwhile, AJ Foyt also confirmed that veteran chief engineer Don Halliday and performance engineer Raul Prados will remain on board in 2014 as well.
“Having everyone back next year is a big plus for our team,” AJ concluded. “We came out strong [in 2013] but then had some problems midway through the season. We are making changes so we will get stronger as the season goes on, which I believe is the key to being one of the contenders in the title race.”