Japanese racer Takuma Sato has finally confirmed that he will be returning to drive the No. 14 ABC Supply Honda originally vacated by Mike Conway earlier this year for A.J. Foyt's team during the 2014 IndyCar series.
“It is great news that I will continue to drive with ABC Supply/AJ Foyt Racing next year. We had some great results in our first year. I know what the team is capable of and what I am capable of in the coming season, he stated.”
Sato not only drove the car to score the team’s first pole since Billy Boat did it in 1998, he also gave the team its first race win in 11 years, when he scored his own first IndyCar victory after 52nd starts in the series, during the third race of the season at Long Beach in April. The win also made him the first Japanese driver to win an IndyCar race.
Unfortunately, things did not always go as well for Sato during the rest of the year, although he narrowly missed winning in Sao Paulo when James Hinchcliffe passed him in the final quarter, Sato's car failed to finish in 9 of the final 10 races this year. While 5 “retirements” from the track were blamed engine failures as well as three crashes.
“Working with A.J., Larry, Don (Halliday) and all the boys (and, of course, ladies!) is just fantastic,” Sato continued. “This team is really special for me. I always felt that the team was behind me and it gave me the confidence to go for the win in races. I’m very excited to continue to build this great relationship. We know what we need to focus on next year. We are anxious to test the new Honda engine–from what I hear, the engine will put us in a great position to be up front more often in 2014. I am convinced that we can be a contender in the Championship.”
Foyt Racing also confirmed veteran chief engineer Don Halliday and performance Raul Prados have been resigned for the third straight year.