PLAINFIELD, Ill. — The IndyCar driver carousel keeps turning as two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato has been signed to drive for Dale Coyne Racing full-time in 2022 IndyCar season.
He will be driving the #51 car in a partnership with Rick Ware Racing. It’s the same seat given up by Romain Grosjean from last season as Grosjean opted to sign a lucrative deal with Andretti Autosport.
“I am extremely excited that we were able to work out a deal with Dale, Rick, and everyone at Dale Coyne Racing,” Sato said in a press release. “With Honda an integral part of Dale Coyne Racing, it seemed like a great fit. The team has proven year after year that they are very competitive on all types of circuits.”
This will be Sato’s fourth different team he’ll have driven for in his IndyCar career. he started with KV Racing Technology in 2010 and has spent time with Rahal-Letterman-Lanigan Racing, and Andretti Autosport in the years that followed.
Sato has taken the checkered flag five times in his 11 years in IndyCar, two of those wins coming in the Indianapolis 500.
“I am excited to have Takuma join the Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Family for 2022,” said team co-owner Rick Ware. “Takuma’s experience within motorsports is extensive, not just in the United States, but around the world.”
Sato is the first full-time driver this off-season to be confirmed for next season with Dale Coyne Racing. This week is was announced that Dale Coyne and Vasser-Sullivan Racing are parting ways from a co-entry arrangement.