IndyCar: AJ Foyt Racing signs former F1 driver Takuma Sato for 2013 image

Former Formula 1 driver Takuma Sato has been signed by AJ Foyt Racing for the 2013 IndyCar season.

The 35-year-old Japanese became a prime candidate to fill the seat vacated by Mike Conway as AJ and Larry Foyt appreciate Sato’s “hunger of a rookie”.

“We chose to go with Takuma Sato because he brings a lot of experience to our team but he has the hunger of a rookie – and he’s certainly proven he has the desire to win,” AJ Foyt said in a statement.

The three-year IndyCar Series veteran is renowned for its little fear of racing wheel to wheel on any of the tracks and the team hopes he will help them win races once again. “I like the fact that he is competitive on both road courses and ovals and that he is a charger. I think he has learned quite a bit in the short time he’s been over here and I look forward to working with him this year,” Foyt added.

Sato said he’s looking forward to driving AJ Foyt Racing’s Honda-powered #14 car and to seeing what he can achieve with the ABC Supply-sponsored program.

“I am extremely excited to be a part of AJ Foyt Racing and working with ABC Supply for the 2013 season. I have seen the potential of the team last year on a number of occasions,” Sato said.