Rahal didn’t make his IndyCar debut until the age of 29, but swiftly made up for lost time. He scored two wins and finished second in the championship in his rookie year, and kept racing until 1998, by which time he had an Indianapolis 500 win among his tally of 24 victories, had won the CART IndyCar title three times, and finished top three in the championship in six more seasons.
The Ohio native drew comparisons with Sato, who first raced for him in 2012, and returned in 2018, since when he has scored four wins including last month’s Indy 500. In between his spells at RLLR, Sato won Long Beach for A.J. Foyt Racing, and Indy for Andretti Autosport.
“Both Takuma and us, we want to work together again next year,” said Rahal ahead of his and the team’s home event at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. “Takuma is, what, 43? I was racing when I was 45 and competitive. There’s no reason he can’t be either. He already is.
“We’ve had a number of good years with Takuma. We’d be silly not to want to continue with that. Nothing is formally done, but certainly we both would like to stay together.”
Heading toward the fourth of five double-header race events that the NTT IndyCar Series has been obliged to hold in order to make up for lost events earlier in the year, Rahal said they had been…