In his first season with Andretti Autosport after spending the last four seasons racing for AJ Foyt Racing.
Ex-Formula 1 racer became the first Japanese driver to win an Indy car race (Long Beach, 2013).
Had memorable ending to 2012 Indianapolis 500, when he spun and crashed trying to pass Dario Franchitti on the final lap.
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.