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Takuma Sato Won’t Return to Rahal Letterman Lanigan in 2022

Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato will not return to Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing for the 2022 season, the team announced on Tuesday evening (Oct. 5)

Sato had driven the team’s No. 30 entry for the past four seasons in the NTT IndyCar Series, compiling four wins including the 2020 Indy 500. The Tokyo native also drove for the team in the 2012 season.

“It was a privelege and honor to have Takuma with us twice over the years,” RLL Racing co-owner Bobby Rahal said in a team release. “We appreciate the commitment and the energy he brough every day to the track and to everything that we were doing as a team.

“Of course, we are forever indebted to him for bringing the PeopleReady car home first in the 2020 Indy 500. It was a special moment for me personally, for Mike [Lanigan] and his family and for our entire team. What a fantastic victory. I always really enjoyed working with Takuma. His dedication and commitment to not just his craft, but also the team was unquestionable. We wish him all the best on his next opportunity. I would like to think we will always remain friends because we just enjoyed each other’s company.”

“I have a tremendous amount of respect for Takuma, not only for his capabilities on the track, but also how he handles himself off the track,” co-owner Mike Lanigan said. “I will always be grateful for what he has done for the team and for the success he has brought, particularly for winning the 2020 Indianapolis 500.”

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Tom B

Who made that decision? Bobby, David, Mike or Graham.

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