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Takuma Sato quickly progressed through the ranks to compete in Formula One. He left F1 and joined the IZOD IndyCar Series in 2010. Since then, Sato, is the only Japanese driver competing full time in the IZOD Series.
2012 IZOD INDYCAR SERIES Will drive the No. 15 Honda-Dallara-Firestone entry in his first season with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.
• Finished 13th in IZOD IndyCar Series 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.
In 1996, he started karting and in 1997 won the Kanto region championship.
In 1999, his first full year of car racing, Sato competed in Formula Opel Europe and British Formula 3 National Class B for Diamond Racing.
• Won the British Formula 3 championship for Carlin Motorsport with 12 wins, 17 podium finishes and six pole positions in 25 races. Won the famed Macau Grand Prix, Masters of Formula 3 at Zandvoort and the International F3 race supporting the British Grand Prix at Silverstone Served as test driver for British American Racing.
• Finished third in British Formula 3 for Carlin Motorsport with four wins, six podium finishes and six poles in 12 starts Also competed in French F3 winning at Spa and raced in F3 European Cup races.
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing is owned by retired driver Bobby Rahal, racing aficionado David Letterman and businessman Mike Lanigan.
On today’s show World Footprints explores the plight of the endangered Panther, we chat with one of the rising IZOD Indycar stars Simona de Silvestro, and we also view Catholicism through the lens with Father Robert Barron. As a special bonus, we added some sound bytes and interviews from the DC Stop Modern Slavery walk to end human trafficking.
Panthers once roamed the entire southeastern United States; from Florida to South Carolina and Louisiana. However, the panther was added to the Endangered Species List in 1967 and today the remaining population is isolated in South Florida.
Simona de Silvestro is one of a handful of female Indycar racers and she is one of the most prominent racecar drivers on the track. We spoke to Simona shortly before the crash that claimed the life of Dan Wheldon.
Just in time before Easter we will chat with Father Robert Barron's about his Catholicism documentary. The documentary illustrates the history and treasures of a global religion shared by more than one billion people around the world by exploring art, architecture, literature, music and all the riches of the Catholic tradition.
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Adam Tate (Tribute Racing), Christopher DeHarde (Motorsport.com), Matt Weaver (Popular Speed), Frank Santoroski (Drafting the Circuits), and Joey Barnes (Tribute Racing) sit down for an IndyCar roundtable as the series heads into its finale at Auto Club Speedway Saturday night. The group will review the Road to Indy (Indy Lights, Pro Mazda Championship, USF2000), along with highlights from the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series season. They will also examine some of the expectations and possible surprises that could take place during the off-season.
Joey Barnes (Tribute Racing), Christohpher DeHarde (Motorsport.com), and Josh Farmer (Motorsport Monday) break down the 57th Annual Daytona 500, the rest of Speedweeks, the latest IndyCar news, and much more.
Joey Logano gave Team Penske its second win in The Great American Race, how does it rank among the greats? Plus, how did Matt Crafton do standing in for Kyle Busch, and who is replacing him at Atlanta?
Simona de Silvestro was rumored for an IndyCar seat at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, but after the team went with James Jakes she looked left out, but could she find a new home on "higher" ground?
All this and more as we take you "In the Gravel Trap."
Thursday Night Thunder with host Adam Sinclair (@faborplumbs) and Mykkal Mulalley welcome Capital District Lawn Mower Racing Organization racer Luke Rakoske to the show to discuss the ultimate form of "grassroots" motorsports.
We will also have a brief discussion about the Daytona 500, and perhaps even take a phone call or two!
Adam Tate (Tribute Racing), Josh Farmer (Motorsport Monday), Christopher DeHarde (Motorsport.com), and Joey Barnes (Tribute Racing) gear up for the 16th instalment of "In the Gravel Trap" with the latest look into IndyCar media day, along with the NASCAR action from Daytona.
Chevrolet has released its new aero-kits for the Verizon IndyCar Series, James Jakes is the new face at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, and Chip Ganassi Racing gives its hotshoe development driver Sage Karam the nod for its fourth seat at the season-opening Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
Daytona Speedweeks has been action-packed from the Sprint Unlimited this past Saturday night, followed by a highly debated qualifying session on Sunday as the stars of NASCAR battled for the pole of the Great American Race. We look at that and preview the Budweiser Duels, and are prepared to give you our picks for who wins the 57th annual Daytona 500.
Thursday Night Thunder with host Adam Sinclair (@faborplumbs) and co-host Mykkal Mulalley welcomes NHRA Top Fuel pilot Shawn Langdon into the Thunderdome to talk about his record setting run in Pomona, as well as the difficulties of finding sponsors in the modern world of motorsports.
We also welcome NASCAR legend Ernie Irvan and his son, up and coming driver Jared Irvan, to discuss the upcoming NASCAR K&N Series season as well as racing in general.
Christopher DeHarde (Motorsport.com) and Joey Barnes (Tribute Racing) kick-off the 2015 Mazda Road to Indy show "Climbing the Grid" with USF2000 contender and Pabst Racing driver Jake Eidson, who took two of three races at NOLA Motorsports Park for the start of Winterfest.
The guys also look into the Pro Mazda Championship from Winterfest as well as Indy Lights testing. The Mazda Road to Indy gears up for three more races at Barber Motorsports Park to complete the Winterfest campaign, with hopeful's eager to prove they belong when they hit the road course in Alabama, they also give a preview of what they expect at one of the more beloved tracks on the circuit.
Joey Barnes of Tribute Racing and Christopher DeHarde of Motorsport.com review the outcomes of Mid-Ohio after USF2000, Pro Mazda Championship, and Indy Lights blazed through the legendary circuit. Also a brief look ahead to Milwaukee, and the 2015 Indy Lights test at Mid-Ohio, the Dallara IL-15, that was tested by Tristan Vautier.
What are our thoughts on each of the championships and which drivers stole the show? Listen in to find out. Tweet or call in and give us your opinion on the future stars of the Verizon IndyCar Series.
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