Miyata and Sakaguchi will replace Kazuki Nakajima and Kenta Yamashita at TOM’S and Kondo Racing respectively for the second round of the 2020 season.
Along with Kamui Kobayashi and Tatiana Calderon, Nakajima and Yamashita are unable to race at Okayama due to the tight turnaround from last weekend’s Le Mans 24 Hours not allowing them sufficient time to be in quarantine.
It was previously announced that Kobayashi will be replaced at KCMG by Yuichi Nakayama, while Koudai Tsukakoshi steps in to fill Calderon’s seat at Drago Corse.
Miyata was widely expected to get the call-up for the vacant TOM’S seat, having already replaced Nakajima once during last year’s Suzuka rookie test. Nakajima was unavailable on that occasion as the test clashed with the FIA’s end-of-season prize-giving ceremony.
Ritomo Miyata, TOM’S
Photo by: Masahide Kamio
Kondo newcomer Sakaguchi on the other hand has never driven Super Formula’s SF19 before, but like Miyata he is a member of Toyota’s young driver stable and is regarded as a strong candidate for a future drive in the series.
Both Miyata and Sakaguchi are regulars in SUPER GT, Miyata with the Bandoh Toyota GT500 team and…