Takuma Sato, of Japan, drives through the first turn during the final practice session for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Friday, May 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Tom Strattman) (The Associated Press)
Takuma Sato, of Japan, signs a checkered flag for a fan during an autograph session before the public drivers meeting for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Saturday, May 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) (The Associated Press)
INDIANAPOLIS – A.J. Foyt became a legend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway as much for throwing caution to the wind as for becoming the first four-time winner of the Indy 500.
Maybe that's why he's so fond of Takuma Sato.
The Japanese driver is in his first season with Foyt's team and will start on the outside of the sixth row in Sunday's race. And just like the owner of his modest program, Sato has built a rock star following in IndyCar with his dramatic moves, audacious passes and daring mentality.