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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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This week, Speedway Digest Thursday Night Thunder welcomes IMSA Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge drivers Andrew Carbonell Racing and Liam Dwyer Racing into the Thunderdome to discuss their season so far as teammates on the Freedom Autosport team.
Then, we switch gears and welcome Jake Elliott to talk a bit about the Larsen Motorsports team, as well as the IHRA Nitro Jam Series.
Finally, we are pleased to bring Pakistani American driver Nur Ali to the show, who will be talking about his decision to join the Red Bull Global Rallycross series, as well as give us a preview of their season opener this weekend in Fort Lauderdale.
So, fasten your seatbelts, turn up your speakers, and get ready for another exciting episode of Thursday Night Thunder!
The best weekend of racing has passed, and what a celebration it was. Dustin Parks and Patti Rodisch try to break down all that happened. It started with the Indianapolis 500, as former NASCAR and F1 star Juan Pablo Montoya brought Penske back to victory lane at Indy, his second win in the grand race.
To cap off the night, the long 600-mile marathon at Charlotte saw the victory come down to a critical stop, and who had enough fuel to make it to the finish. It would be Carl Edwards seeing his first Charlotte win, his first with Joe Gibbs, and a sweep of Cup competition for JGR in the last two weeks at NASCAR's home track.
In all of this, the newest list of inductees to the NASCAR Hall of Fame were announced, with a few surprises that both made the cut, while others were left to wait again.
Finally, a look ahead to the Monster Mile, and the triple-header at Dover. Tune in to hear it all.
Adam Tate, Josh Farmer and Joey Barnes of Tribute Racing preview the 99th Indianapolis 500 live from Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Scott Dixon put the Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet on pole, can the 2008 Indy 500 winner take home his second Borg-Warner Trophy?
The defending Verizon IndyCar Series champion, Will Power, starts alongside and takes aim at his first 500 win.
Chevrolet had the upperhand over Honda in qualifying, will they in the race? Plus, Hinchcliffe's injury and Briscoe climbs in as SPM's super-sub.
All this and more as we take you "In the Gravel Trap" live from Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
In this episode of The Red Light Sports Ramble, presented by The Red Light Sports Network, Evan Witalison and Troy Otradovec will recap the Memorial Day Weekend. We give a special thanks to all of the service men and women that have served, to provide our freedom. Thank you from Evan, Troy, and the whole staff at RLSN.
This weekend marks the biggest Indy Car Race, the Indianapolis 500. Juan Pablo Montoya held off defending Verizon IndyCar Series Champion Will Power, to win the race. The excitement was there at the finish, as this was the fourth closest finish, in Indy 500 history.
The Tampa Bay Lightning have taken a 3-2 series edge, on the New York Rangers. Tonight the Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks skate in a pivotal game 5. The winner takes control of the series, and is one step closer to the Stanley Cup.
Until the NBA Conference Finals, a majority of the series had momentum swings. Well, the Golden State Warriors can clinch a spot in the NBA Finals, if they win tonight. The Cleveland Cavaliers will try to sweep the Atlanta Hawks Tuesday night. Listen in and share your thoughts. Happy Memorial Day.
Well, it looks like for, at least a little while, we’re back-on-track with the regular Sunday morning program with the guys in the Frat House Sports Garage. Of course, this weekend is special. It’s Memorial Day Weekend, and also, the BIGGEST day in Motorsports; F-1 running in Monaco – IndyCars at the Indianapolis 500 – the longest NASCAR race of the season at the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway – and, NHRA drag racing out in Topeka, Kansas. WOW! What at day!
We’re going over ALL of this . . . PLUS last week’s All-Star Race . . . PLUS Uncle Mark’s Over the Wall . . . PLUS Frat House Mike’s NHRA update . . . PLUS Sidekick’s NASCAR Fantasy Picks . . .PLUS an update and new choices for everyone’s Eat-My-Dust Picks!
The Frat House Sports Garage is BACK OPEN on Sunday and the coffee is flowing . . . you BETTER bring plenty of donuts . . . and your phone calls to 347 – 826 – 9964!
Thursday Night Thunder with host Adam Sinclair (@faborplumbs) and analyst Mykkal Mulalley welcome Jonathan Bomarito, driver of the Mazda Skyactiv prototype for Speedsource Racing into the Thunderdome to recap the IMSA season so far, and to discuss the future of the sport.
We also welcome Kevin Buckler, team principal for The Racer's Group, to talk about the team's past, present, and future!
How is your Memorial Day going? Solemn? Picnicing, or just being outside for Spring? In thought? Like ANY other day for your own 'Memorial TBI' - being quiet and alone. We certainly like those days, I well understand. Especially while listening to an old (ok, classic) Eagles song - "I get a peaceful, easy feeling..." But this is Indianapolis, and it's Race Day! It's anything but peaceful around here - and the Downtown Milton Studio is 50-miles away from THE Track. The Greatest Specical in Racing takes over then Month of May. As is liked to say - "Visit, enjoy yourself, spend your money and get the hell out of town."
I've learned to ignore most of the hoopla, it seems better for my stimuli. However, this is Indiana, and we grew up on Racing, er, Racin'. We have more tracks per capita than most countries do, let along states. Yes, there is a basketball court in all the parking lots, I'm sure. Brain Injury and Auto Racing go hand in hand (head on head?). Another reflection most Hoosiers and racing fans always have. It seemed to drift away. Personally, I know a large amount of 'backyard' racers whose weekend running laps is as well as dangerous as an explodinng IndyCar, to the skull. Blunt force be damned, remember, tremendous speeds also can cause "trememdous whiplash" which will effect the brain more than the neck. And these drivers? Neighbors, husbands (wifes), parents, thrill seekers and simply adults who grew up around the auto business. Competitiors. Kept at a level of performance that life has created. Let's meet one. Let's' also discuss Mt Lawn's donation to the HARD workers of the NC Miracle League Volunteers. And, Not to be overlooked is TMDS Med MJ Month. Listen, call.
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