Takuma Sato

Despite losing his drive with the KV Racing Technology team, Takuma Sato remains hopeful that he can remain in the IndyCar Series with one of its Honda-backed outfits, after he completed a test for the Japanese engine builder at Sebring last week.

The former F1 driver is now job-hunting after KV decided to switch to Chevrolet power next year, leaving the Honda-backed driver out of its line-up next year.

As we reported last month, Sato is most likely to join the Rahal Letterman Lanigan team in 2013, but the Japanese driver has confirmed that nothing is confirmed as yet.

“Until everything is sorted, it’s difficult to say where I’ll be,” he told SPEED TV.

“I’m honoured to be called for the manufacturer test and it was a worthwhile trip.

“It was hectic, but everything we’re doing is to prepare for next year. Things are looking very positive and [I’m] very optimistic that I could have a big smile on my face very soon,” he added.

Sato finished thirteenth in the Drivers’ Championship standings in his second year in the IndyCar Series, claiming two pole positions and a best race finish of fourth.

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