Driver #51 Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda
Birthday: Jan. 28, 1977
Hometown: Tokyo, Japan
Residence: Indianapolis and Tokyo
- Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner, who won the 104th Indianapolis 500 in August 2020 and the 101st Indianapolis 500 in May 2017.
- Moves to Dale Coyne Racing with RWR for the 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season.
- Ex-Formula 1 racer became the first Japanese driver to win an INDYCAR SERIES race (Long Beach, 2013) and first Japanese winner of the Indy 500. Has won six times in his INDYCAR SERIES career.
- Was a national high school cycling champion and still uses cycling as part of his training regimen.
- Fell in love with motorsports at 10 when he attended the Formula One race in Suzuka, Japan.
- Esquire Magazine Japan named him one of The Mavericks of 2019 and GQ Magazine Japan named him one of the nine “2017 Men of the Year”
- Appeared as “Sensational Sato” in the “Mickey Spring Grand Prix” episode on “Mickey and the Roadster Racers” which debuted in the U.S. in 2019 and in Japan in 2020.
- He was the first human named “Car of the Year” in 2017 by the Japanese Automotive Industry
- He was awarded “Goodwill Ambassador” for the British Embassy in Tokyo
INDYCAR SERIES CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
2021: Finished 11th in NTT INDYCAR SERIES point standings for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing with a best finish of fourth at the first race at Belle Isle Park…Had eight top-10 finishes.
2020: Won the Indianapolis 500 for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, becoming a two-time winner of the race…Finished a career-best seventh in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES standings…Won the NTT P1 Award at World Wide Technology Raceway-2.
2019: Finished ninth in NTT INDYCAR SERIES point standings for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing with wins at Barber and World Wide Technology Raceway…Finished third at Indianapolis and Belle Isle-1 for a career-high four top-five finishes in one season…Won NTT P1 Award at Barber and Texas….Led six races for 200 laps.
2018: Finished 12th in NTT INDYCAR SERIES point standings for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing with a win at Portland after starting 20th…Also finished third at Iowa and recorded two other top-five finishes…Qualified a season-best fifth at St. Petersburg…Led three races for 32 laps, surpassing 500 laps led in his career.
2017: Won the Indianapolis 500 for Andretti Autosport, becoming the first Japanese driver to win the race…Finished a career-best eighth in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES …Won pole positions at Belle Isle-2 and Pocono…Recorded four top-five and seven top-10 finishes.
2016: Finished 17th in NTT INDYCAR SERIES point standings for AJ Foyt Racing with best finish of fifth at Long Beach and Toronto…Had five top-10 finishes.
2015: Finished 14th in NTT INDYCAR SERIES point standings for AJ Foyt Racing with best finish of second at Belle Isle-2…Had five top-10 finishes…Led three races for a total of 46 laps.
2014: Finished 18th in point standings for AJ Foyt Racing…Had five top-10 finishes including fourth- and sixth-place finishes in final two races…Won pole at St. Petersburg and Belle Isle-2…Led four races for a total of 66 laps.
2013: Finished 17th in point standings for AJ Foyt Racing with first INDYCAR SERIES win at Long Beach…Finished second at Sao Paulo, which allowed him to take points lead for first time in his career…Won pole at Houston-1…Led career-best 109 laps at Milwaukee.
2012: Finished 14th in point standings in first season with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing…Recorded two podium finishes, a second at Edmonton and third at Sao Paulo…Led 31 laps at Indianapolis, but spun trying to pass for the lead on the final lap, relegating him to 17th place…Led five races for a career-best 76 laps.
2011: Finished 13th in standings for KV Racing Technology…Recorded seven top-10 finishes, with a best of fourth at Mid-Ohio…Earned pole positions at Iowa and Edmonton…Led four races for total of 61 laps.
2010: Finished 21st in standings for KV Racing Technology in inaugural INDYCAR SERIES season…Recorded best finish of ninth at Edmonton…Had best start of third at Mid-Ohio.