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Takuma Sato is a former Formula One driver, currently driving in the exciting IZOD IndyCar Series for Rahal Letterman Racing.
Sato, the only Japanese driver competing full time in 2011, moved to Colorado to train at high altitudes and lives in Denver.
2012 IZOD INDYCAR SERIES Sato, Will drive the No. 15 Honda-Dallara-Firestone entry in his first season with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. 2011
• 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.
2001• 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.
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing is owned by retired driver Bobby Rahal, racing aficionado David Letterman and businessman Mike Lanigan.
Sebastien Bourdais entered the Xone the weekend of the Long Beach Grand Prix.
In August 2007 it was announced that Bourdais would race for Toro Rosso in 2008, replacing Vitantonio Liuzzi and partnering Sebastian Vettel. On March 16, 2008 Bourdais competed in his first Formula One Championship race, the 2008 Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.
Sebastien drove in Formula One for the Toro Rosso team during the 2008, and start of 2009 season. Bourdais currently drives for Lotus-Dragon Racing in the IZOD IndyCar Series.
To learn more about the career of this great race car driver, attend the races and show your support.
USA, April 14-15, Long Beach IndyCar - Dragon Racing
Brazil, Sao Paulo, 28-29 April Indycar - Dragon Racing
Belgium, Spa-Francorchamps in May 4-5 WEC - Pescarolo Team
USA, 500 miles - Indycar Indianapolis May 26-27 - Dragon Racing
USA, Fort Worth on June 9 Indycar - Dragon Racing
France, 16-17 June WEC Le Mans 24 Hours of Le Mans - Team Pescarolo.
Pole sitter Lewis Hamilton was a commanding presence, on the track today in Sochi during qualifying, at the Formula One Russian Grand Prix. He was two-tenths ahead of his teammate, Nico Rosberg who secured second.
The 53-lap street circuit with challenging twists and turns, on a purposefully built track, is in the heart of the beautiful Black Sea Resort in Sochi. The long straight before turn one is where Hamilton will likely battle with Rosberg to hold onto, first position. The other drivers also view the location as a great place to improve, their position during the race.
Williams-Martini driver, Valtteri Bottas was third. Bottas set the fastest first and second sectors on his final run, but started to struggled towards the end of the lap and lost the rear of the car in the last corner. As a result Bottas had to settle for third on the grid, with Jenson Button taking his best dry qualifying of the year in fourth.
Russian driver Daniil Kvyat for Toro Rosso, was excited to race at his home circuit. He made an impressive showing by securing 5th position, the best qualifying result of his career.
Disappointed, was Daniel Ricciardo in 7th who had a bit of a problem with the grip, of the new track stating, “It was hard to read the grip.” His Red Bull teammate Sebastian Vettel in eleventh position was not satisfied with the rear of the car while taking corners. He said, “The car felt nervous”.
Force India continues to work hard for points. Team Principal Vijay Mallya said “the penalty against Nico Hulkenberg was unfortunate and strategy options will be limited on a track where overtaking appears difficult.” At the end of the day, the teams learned quite a bit from qualifying on the new track.
Preview day at the Formula One track in Hoeckenheim, Germany is all abuzz with the news that, Merceses AMG driver Nico Rosberg has signed a news multi-year contract to stay with the team. German champion Sebastian Vettel, with Red Bull Formula One is a four time World Champion who won last year at Nubering. Although there are 3-German drivers that will be on the track, Vettel is currently the fan favorite for this weekend's race.
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Xiro Xone F1 Sports Preview of the upcoming Formula One race. The Grand Prix Monaco is a street race, in the beautiful Principality of Monaco on the French Riviera. In one of the most popular races on the Formula One calendar, teams will hit the track at break-neck speed. Championship leader Lewis Hamilton fans, will hope for a 5th consecutive win. Nico Rosberg fans will hope for a 2nd win, and Sebastian Vettel fans will hope for, a win.
Stay tuned to Xiro Xone F1 Sports for, The Grand Prix Monaco: May 23-25
A recap of todays Qualifying at the Formula One Grand Prix in, Barcelona Spain. Today’s event will determine the driver grid line-up. Fans will find out if their favorite team or driver will make pole position at, the Formula One Grand Prix in Spain. Stay tuned to Xiro Xone F1 for, a different perspective of events on the track, in the paddock, and on the social grid.
Tires were not the only slick things out on the race track today.
The Monaco Grand Prix got underway Saturday through the streets of the French Riviera. The atmospheric weather went from warm to light rain, to warm, while the track weather was scorching hot amongst teams. Starting on pole Sunday will be, Mercedes AMG driver Nico Rosberg, followed by championship leader and teammate Lewis Hamilton. Third, was the familiar smile of Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo, followed by his teammate, Sebastian Vettel. Giving Ferrari fans something to hope for was Fernando Alonso, in 5th place on the grid. Sergio Perez qualified 6th and Nico Hulkenberg 7th, in what was an impressive qualifying session for both drivers. Race-day promises to keep fans on the edge of their seats while drivers reach 190mph on one of the most beautiful, and the most complicated, track on the circuit.
Keep it tuned to Xiro Xone F1 Sports for news and analysis. Remember, F1 Tickets are on sale right now for the U.S. Grand Prix in Austin, Texas. Go to http://www.circuitoftheamericas.com. Watch all Formula One races in the U.S.A., on NBCSN.
The Williams-Martini Formula One team, has a lock on the from row, at the Grand Prix in Austria. Former Ferrari driver Felipe Massa currently driving for Willians, and Valtteri Bottas who put Williams back on the map, will dominate the from row when the race start on Sunday. Lewis Hamilton was fastest on the track but went wide and lost his time. When he went back out, his brakes locked-up and he lost the chance to put down better numbers. His teammate Nico Rosberg will be third on the grid on race day
Stay tuned to Xiro Xone F1 Sports for News and updates.
Hollywood Novelist and Scriptwriter Eric Kaldor enters the Xone to talk about, creating the stories behind some of the iconic hit programs of 1970's, hollywood. The Rockford Files, Kojak, The Incredible Hulk.
Eric Kaldor's recent novel, "Downward Facing Dog" is a tragic dark, and somewhat comedic story that follows the misadventures of Eric Kaldor's public and private life as a Hollywood Scriptwriter for some of the most popular shows.
In the past, Eric Kaldor was a ski racer, a special Counter Intelligence Corps. agent, a ”Wild World of Sports” producer, and an Emmy nominated writer. His novel, "Downward Facing Dog" reconstructs his life of access to Hollywood Studios and Stars, and excess such as, indulging in orgies to dealing drugs in Beverly Hills. Once you read his story or listen to the podcast of each chapter, you will wonder if love, lust, manslaughter, suicide, and organ failure, had a cumulative effect on Eric, which lead to his survival and may lead to his salvation.
Join us as we get ready for Formula One Grand Prix, this weekend in Budepest. This will be the last race before summer break.
Race day may have started with Williams-Martini drivers Felipe Massa sitting on pole, and his teammate Valtteri Bottas second, but it was Mercedes AMG driver Nico Rosberg who took it to the finish line and won the Austrian Grand Prix..
Mercedes AMG driver Nico Rosberg won his third Grand Prix of the season today, at the Formula One Grand Prix, in Austria. Rosberg is ahead in points for the 2014 driver championship. His teammate Lewis Hamilton has four wins under his belt and was his closest rival on the track, coming in second. This win gives Rosberg a 29 point lead over teammate Hamilton who is expected to win his home race in a couple of weeks during the British Grand Prix, at Silverstone.
Williams-Martini driver Valtteri Bottas delivered some valuable points for his team, crossing the finish line in third place. This was the first time Bottas had been on the podium, and will most likely, will not be his last. For the last 11-years, the Austrian Grand Prix was off the calendar until Austrian billionaire Dietrich Mateschitz owner of Red Bull Energy drink and the Red Bull team, made a deal to bring the race back to the beautiful, newly renovated, Red Bull Ring.
Next race is at Silverstone, for The British Grand Prix. Stay tuned to Xiro Xone F1 Sports.
Preview of the 2014 British Grand Prix
An exciting weekend is on tap during the Formula One British Grand Prix at Silverstone. There will be standing room only when British champions Lewis Hamilton, with Mercedes AMG, and Jenson Button with McLaren Formula One, take to the track amidst the cheers of their fellow countrymen and fans around the world.
All eyes are on Hamilton’s teammate Nico Rosberg who is, currently in the lead for the driver’s championship and determined, not to lose his position. 2013 champion Sebastian Vettel, and Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso, are looking for their first win. Meanwhile, Vettel's teammate Daniel Ricciardo, is looking for a repeat of performance in Canada.
Williams-Martini F1, made news this weekend when their first female test driver, Susie Wolff, took to the track during Practice One, and completed 4-laps before heading into the garage with, an oil pressure problem.
The Caterham Formula One team is under going some ownership changes. Team principle and Air Asia CEO Tony Fernandes has sold the team. We hope the new owners appreciate a great hard working team, especially, their P.R. Officer, Tom Webb. Caterham is the only team in Formula One with an American driver, Alexander Rossi. Rossi is a GP2 champion and Formula One test driver who deserves, a permanent seat with a team.
Tune in to Xiro Xone F1 Sports News for all race weekend news and updates.
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