Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing announced on Saturday morning ahead of the opeming practice session for Sunday’s 2020 NTT IndyCar Series championship deciding Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg that Takuma Sato will remain with the team in 2021.
Speaking about the news, team co owner Bobby Rahal said:
“I am very pleased that we were able to come to terms with Takuma to continue with us in 2021. Clearly it has been a successful partnership over the last several years, culminating in this year’s Indy 500 victory and I look forward to further success with Takuma throughout 2021.
Sato goes into the final race of the season in seventh place in the championship, the 2021 season will be Sato’s fourth consecutive and fifth season with the team.
Speaking about the announcement, Mike Lanigan commented saying:
“It has been a pleasure working with Takuma for many years and sharing with him all of the successes he has had. “Winning the Indy 500 together exceeded my own dreams and we at RLL look forward to more success in the new season. Having Takuma back with our team in 2021 provides continuity and will allow us to build upon the competitiveness we have shown this season.”
Takuma Sato commented on the news saying:
“I am very excited to continue with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing for the 2021 season. “The 2020 season was an unforgettable one for many reasons. Needless to say, it was an extremely challenging situation world wide but the team continued to work very hard to be competitive under the difficult circumstances and Bobby, Mike and the entire team deserve huge credit for this. Our Indy 500 win was a truly special moment and I want to thank everyone at the team again. We are already focused on the future and I am really looking forward to 2021.”