Takuma Sato’s options to continue racing in the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2017 have been dealt a blow with one of the teams he was looking at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports unlikely to run a third car full time in 2017 due to the fact that the team are unlikely to be able to get an extra lease from Honda with Chip Ganassi Racing now with Honda.
The fact that Schmidt Peterson Motorsports will remain a two car team in 2017 means that Takuma Sato is likely to move back to Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing or potentially go to Andretti Autosport.
Sato will bring sponsorship from Panasonic with him to whichever team he goes to for the 2017 season.
Sato’s manager confirmed on Tuesday that the Japanese driver does get free Honda engines.
Sato endured a difficult 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series campaign as he finished the year 17th place in the standings on 320 points.