FORCE FOR GOOD
Japan America Society of Southern California
January 28, 1977
Won 104th Indianapolis 500 for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, in a spirited duel with Scott Dixon over the final 50 laps, winning under caution.
Won 101st Indianapolis 500 for Andretti Autosport, outdueling Helio Castroneves for the win and erasing memories of the 2012 Indianapolis 500, when he spun and crashed trying to pass Dario Franchitti on the final lap.
Ex-Formula 1 racer became the first Japanese driver to win an Indy car race (Long Beach, 2013) and the Indy 500. He’s won six times in his Indy car career.
His breathtaking pass of Fernando Alonso at Montreal in 2007 earned him the “Overtake of the Year” award from F1 Racing magazine.
Was a national high school cycling champion and still uses cycling as his primary training regimen.
Fell in love with motorsports at 10 when he attended the Formula One race in Suzuka, Japan.
Has developed a passion for golf after attending several sponsor golf outings. He now has a set of custom clubs.
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