Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing announced today ahead of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season finale Grand Prix of Sonoma that Takuma Sato will remain with the team in 2019.
The 2017 Indianapolis 500 winner returned to the Brownsburg, Indiana based outfit ahead of the 2018 season after a year with Andretti Autosport.
Speaking about the news, team co-owner Bobby Rahal said:
I’m very pleased that we were able to come to terms to extend Takuma’s contract. “He has always been very popular around the team whether he was driving for us or not so therefore it makes it even more special to have him continue with us after this season. We have had some good success with Takuma and the potential was there for even more. The team has really gelled around him. His guys have done a great job as the season has progressed and of course Portland showed that. It allows us to keep the continuity and good spirit going at the team to try to get even more wins and strong results in 2019.
Sato who won took his first win for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing last time out in Portland commented by saying:
I am really pleased to be back with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing for 2019. “Bobby, David and Mike have done a fantastic job at putting together a great team and environment around me. I believe that Graham and I have everything we need to be consistent race winners and compete for the IndyCar championship. I could not be happier.