Sato heading into the Indy 500 unknown

Takuma Sato would like for Sunday’s race to be the next in an unending string of great 500-mile runs at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. What the two-time Indy 500 winner doesn’t know is if it will be his last.

The winner of the 2017 and 2020 editions of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” has seen his IndyCar career undergo a significant change as the 46-year-old completed 13 seasons as a full-time driver and returned this year in a part-time deal with Chip Ganassi Racing. Transitioning from a complete 17-race calendar to only driving on ovals wasn’t by choice.

Concluding the negotiations to share the No. 11 CGR Honda with road course driver Marcus Armstrong required immense patience, as the funding to do so took considerable effort to find and secure Sato’s place in the team for 2023.

Presented with the best opportunity of his life to become a three-time Indy 500 winner, Sato loves the idea of winning for Ganassi and getting an invitation to restore

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