INDIANAPOLIS – Another chair in the offseason Verizon IndyCar Series musical chairs has been taken out of the circle as according to Motorsport.com, Andretti Autosport and Takuma Sato have agreed on a contract that will see the Japanese driver pilot the No. 26 Honda in 2017.
Sato, 39, was let go by A.J. Foyt Racing in the offseason, as Sato spent the last four years with the team. He started out of the gates phenomenal with the Foyt, as in his first year in 2013, Sato won at Long Beach and was leading the points heading into the Month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Sato, had two top two finishes and three top 10’s in his first four races at Foyt. But, he has since struggled in having only five top fives in the 55 races since. That in turn led to his departure with the team.
He’s now landed back on his feet with a competitive team for next season.
Sato, has made 102 career IndyCar starts with three different teams as he has that lone victory and five poles to his credit. He also raced for Rahal/Letterman/Lanigan Racing as well as KVSH.
Prior to his IndyCar career, he was in Formula 1 from 2002-2008 where he spent his time with Honda teams. Being Japanese, Honda has funded a lot of his career which led him to IndyCar in 2010.
Now, with Andretti having a Honda team and Foyt moving from Honda to Chevrolet for 2017, it made the most sense for Sato to take over Carlos Munoz’ ride.