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Sato, Daly linked to Foyt in 2013

Rumours have linked former F1 star Takuma Sato to a seat at AJ Foyt Racing in 2013, with the team also confirming that GP3 star Conor Daly is set to test with the team next week at Sebring.
Takuma Sato could be set for a move to AJ Foyt Racing in 2013, with reports this week linking the Japanese former F1 driver to the motor racing icon's #14 car next season.

SPEED.com reported on Tuesday that the deal "is actually close to being finalised," even though the original suggestion of Sato joining the team had raised eyebrows over how Sato and the famously fiery Foyt would be able to get on.

Sato raced for the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing team in 2012, and came close to winning the Indianapolis 500 before crashing out on the final lap while duelling with Dario Franchitti. However, Sato's seat at RLL has now been filled by Graham Rahal, leaving him looking for a new berth in 2013.

Mike Conway raced for Foyt in 2012, but his decision to quit oval racing - which led to him sitting out the season finale at Auto Club Speedway in September in favour of Wade Cunningham - means that his future with the team and even in IndyCar is currently up in the air.

The situation at AJ Foyt Racing is further complicated by confirmation from the team that they will be running GP3 star Conor Daly at next week's two-day test session at Sebring International Raceway scheduled for December 12-13.

“Conor Daly is one of the exciting up-and-coming drivers in open wheel racing today,” said Larry Foyt, team director of AJ Foyt Racing. “I had spoken to Conor at the F1 race in Austin and I was impressed. I thought this test was a perfect opportunity to see how he works with our team. Depending on how it goes, we may be able to do something with him in the future."

It's not thought that any actual race seat is in the offing for Daly, who is the son of former F1 and CART driver Derek Daly.

However, the news has led to speculation that the team might be pursuing the possibility of a second race car operation alongside the #14, with Daly possibly joining either Conway or Cunningham in a part-time car-share arrangement.

"I am honoured to have the opportunity to drive an Indycar for the first time with AJ Foyt Racing,” said Daly after the news of his test next week was revealed. "I've grown up at the Indy 500 and have always dreamed of getting in an IndyCar someday.



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Takuma Sato (#15) during practice at Indianapolis. (c) 2012, F. Peirce Williams. LAT Photo USA (Photo credit: INDYCAR/LAT USA)
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Challenger Takuma Sato (#15) slides toward the wall as leader Dario Franchitti (#50) and Scott Dixon (#9) slip by. Franchitti went on to win. 96th Indianapolis 500 - Indianapolis Motor Speedway - 27 May 2012. (c)2012, F. Peirce Williams.LAT Photo USA. LAT Photo USA (Photo Credit: INDYCAR/LAT USA)
Conor Daly (USA, Lotus GP) at Monza in GP3 - Saturday 8th September 2012. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/LAT Photographic)
Motor racing legend AJ Foyt Jr, first man to win four Indy 500 titles. [Picture credit: IndyCar Media]
Takuma Sato prepares for the final Honda Indy Japan at Motegi. [Picture credit: Daniel Incandela for IndyCar Media]
Takuma Sato poses for a photograph during the autograph session in the St. Petersburg Fan Village (Photo by: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
Takuma Sato on course during qualifications for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Takuma Sato kicks up some dust in the Turn 9A chicane during practice for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Justin Wilson with a light moment prior to his qualification attempt for the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Conor Daly leads at the 2014 Dan Wheldon Memorial kart event   [pic credit: IndyCar Media/Chris Jones]
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Ryan Briscoe wrecks after contact with Ryan Hunter-Reay in the closing laps of the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Briscoe wrecks after contact with Ryan Hunter-Reay in the closing laps of the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
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AJ and LARRY please give WADE CUNNINGHAM the break he deserves a full season forget SATO you will be building new car every week. CONOR DALY is no star of the future so the choice to me a 40 year fan of INDYCARS is logical WADE the guy has talent sitting around getting wasted on the sidelines. Its always about MONEY when is someone to see the talent, SPONSORS will flock to you later when this guy gets up front.



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