Takuma Sato’s manager Steve Fusek has confirmed that he is talks with several teams about a 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series drive.
AJ Foyt Racing are set to replace both of their drivers ahead of next season with the Texas based outfit moving to Chevrolet power they are regrouping in a way that they hope will return them to victory lane.
Sato, who made his Verizon IndyCar Series debut with KV Racing Technology in 2010, spending two seasons with the team before moving to Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing for 2012. Sato moved to his current team, AJ Foyt Racing in 2013. The Japanese driver who brings sponsorship from Panasonic is open to options with all of the Honda powered teams.
Fusek confirmed that they have spoken with Chip Ganassi Racing over the No.8 but expects that Max Chilton will remain with the outfit next season.
The most likely options for Sato are according to his manager returning to Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing to partner Graham Rahal with the sponsorship money from Panasonic it could allow Rahal to run a second car.
Rahal have said that the team are interested in running a second car next season under the right circumstances.
Andretti Autosport could also be an option for Sato however they are sponsored by Siemens which could conflict with any commercial agreement with Panasonic. Andretti Autosport confirmed to Paddock Eye on Monday that the team are looking at options and opportunities for their four car for 2017 with Carlos Munoz still an option to retain his seat alongside Ryan Hunter Reay, Marco Andretti and Alexander Rossi.
Fusek also confirmed that Schmidt Peterson Motorsport could also be an option for next season alongside James Hinchcliffe and Mikhail Aleshin. It is thought that Sam Schmidt could be interested in running a third car with the help of Arrow Electronics but again it would depend on Panasonic.