Sato secures return to RLL for 2018 season
20 September 2017 – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) has announced that reigning Indianapolis 500 champion Takuma Sato will return to its IndyCar team in 2018.
Sato, 40, joined Andretti for 2017, which yielded his Indy 500 win, and eighth in the overall standings.
However, Andretti has chosen to field an all-American line-up next season, with rookie Zach Veach joining Marco Andretti, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Alexander Rossi
Sato, after assessing his options, will move back to RLL, which he represented in 2012.
"I am extremely happy to be back with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing," said Sato, who will race alongside Graham Rahal, in an expanded two-car team.
"Bobby [Rahal], Dave [Letterman] and Mike [Lanigan] have always been very supportive of me.
"The team has been ultra-competitive the past few seasons. I can't wait to be a part of it in 2018. I think we can achieve some great things together!"
Rahal added: "I have such admiration for his spirit and how he approaches everything and was so happy for him when he won the Indy 500 this year.
"The chance to bring him back to the team was too good to pass up.
"He and Graham get along very well and we will have two strong cars that can win any race in 2018.
"I think that will give our team a great chance at being contenders in every race, but it's also going to give each of our drivers a chance to have their best years ever."
Sato, whose F1 career ended in 2008, made the move to IndyCar in 2010, initially running with KV Racing, before a short stint at RLL and lengthy spell at A. J. Foyt Enterprises.
He has seven poles, two wins and four further podiums to his name.