(Photo courtesy of KVRT)
After months of speculation, ex-Formual 1 pilot Takuma Sato has been confirmed to pilot a KV Racing Technology Dallara in 2010. It's still unclear as to the number Sato will use and how many, if any teammates he'll have. E.J. Viso tested with the team earlier this week and Paul Tracy is likely to return with a limited schedule.
As seen below, Sato first entered the IZOD IndyCar Series picture last May when he showed up at IMS reportedly in talks for a possible ride. Since, the 33-year-old has been rumored to be connected with several IndyCar teams including de Ferran and Newman/Haas/Lanigan.
“We are very excited to have been able to put this deal together with Takuma and his group. I can't wait to see what I know will be a extremely fast pace by Taku on the road courses and look forward to working with him and getting him up to speed on the ovals. I have no doubt that Taku will be right on the pace immediately. Taku's knowledge and experience will be a great asset and his great sense of humor and easy manner will add positive energy to our team" -KVRT Co-owner Jimmy Vasser
“This is a very exciting time for me and all my supporters. I have really missed racing last year and can’t wait to get started in this new challenge with such a great team. To me, KV Racing Technology is a team with massive potential and great team spirit. With such a great champion as Jimmy leading the team, I am really confident that we will soon be a strong combination. I am also really motivated by the chance to be fighting at the front of the field, something I have missed in recent seasons. I want to thank sincerely everyone who has continued to support me through difficult times and look forward to enjoying success together very soon.” -Takuma Sato