Takuma Sato will test for Formula E, which could alter Foyt seat

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Takuma Sato will join fellow ex-Formula One driver Lucas di Grassi as a test and development driver for the new Formula E series. This news was announced at the Tokyo Motor Show on Wednesday.

Sato’s ex-F1 team, Super Aguri, has also confirmed its participation in the championship that is set to begin in the fall of 2014. IndyCar squads Andretti Autosport and Dragon Racing have also announced their intentions; Andretti team boss Michael Andretti seems bullish on the concept.

And this news is somewhat interesting from an IndyCar angle. Sato and Honda were close to being confirmed for 2014, per A.J. Foyt in a September conference call, for their second season together. But since that point, Sato tore up more race cars in Houston and Fontana as part of a ragged second half of the season, and a planned test at Sebring on Monday was canceled as the team was removed from the list.

Neither partner is confirmed yet for Foyt in 2014. Sato and Honda have been inextricably linked since Sato made his F1 debut with the Jordan-Honda team in 2002, and Super Aguri was also born after Sato was dropped by the Honda factory team prior to 2006. In brief, if there’s no Honda, there’s no Sato at Foyt in 2014.

The FE season may not start until September, but testing and development will need to occur in the months prior. That may limit Sato’s IndyCar availability on the whole.

Juncos Racing to field single car entry in Indy 500

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Part-time NTT IndyCar Series entrant Juncos Racing will announce their attempt to qualify for the 2019 Indianapolis 500 within the next few weeks, according to RACER.

The team, which made its Indy 500 debut in 2017, ran 12 of the 17 IndyCar Series races last season, but has only made a start in one of the four events so far in 2019, finishing 18th in the inaugural running of the IndyCar Classic at Circuit of the Americas with Kyle Kaiser behind the wheel.

Though no driver has yet to be announced for the single-car entry, Kaiser is expected to be the leading candidate for the ride. The 23-year-old Californian has raced for the team since 2014, where he won the 2017 Indy Lights championship.

One of the top teams in the Road to Indy ladder system, Juncos Racing has over 50 wins between Indy Lights and Indy Pro 2000 competition. The team’s most recent victory came in the second Indy Lights race at St. Petersburg this year with Rinus VeeKay behind the wheel.

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