Whereas David Malukas is staying on for his second season within the collection driving the Coyne with HMD Motorsports entry, it seems that the full-time Coyne with Rick Ware Racing seat will probably be taken by Method 2 race-winner Marcus Armstrong.
Sato’s funding, once more largely from Honda Japan and Panasonic, will probably be adequate just for an oval-only program in 2023, as Honda seeks to increase his function with the Japanese marque.
Sato’s longtime supervisor Steve Fusek informed Autosport: “No ultimate determination has been made, however we’re simply ready for Dale and Rick to place the ultimate items collectively.
“It’s taking some time, however everybody now is aware of what we now have and what we don’t have so I’d say we’re within the ultimate throes of placing the deal collectively.
“However sure, I feel it’s a part-time deal – after which we’ll mix that with some IMSA choices. One is with an Acura NSX GT3 – I can’t go into particulars there, nevertheless it’s not Rick’s one – and one is with RWR’s LMP2 entry.”
Former Method 1 racer Sato achieved his biggest glory at Indy with wins for Andretti Autosport in 2017 and Rahal Letterman Lanigan in 2020.
Winner Takuma Sato, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda
Photograph by: Michael L. Levitt / Motorsport Pictures
He had virtually received for RLL beforehand in 2012 earlier than a well-known last-lap crash whereas passing eventual winner Dario Franchitti.
He has racked up 4 different wins in IndyCar, scoring AJ Foyt Racing’s most up-to-date triumph on the streets of Lengthy Seashore in 2013.
This was adopted by victories on the highway programs at Portland and Barber Motorsports Park in 2018 and ’19 respectively, and the brief oval of Gateway additionally in ’19.
Don Bricker, Sato’s race engineer in 2022, will probably discover himself elevated inside the Dale Coyne Racing crew, as Ross Bunnell (Malukas’ race engineer) is shifting to Chip Ganassi Racing for 2023, like Michael Cannon on the finish of 2019 and Alex Palou on the finish of 2020.
In the meantime, Todd Phillips – crew chief on Sato’s automobile final 12 months, and a former member of the legendary however now defunct Newman/Haas Racing crew – is about to grow to be Alexander Rossi’s crew chief at Arrow McLaren SP.