Toranosuke Takagi

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Toranosuke Takagi
Toranosuke Takagi 2008 Super GT.jpg
In 2008, as a Super GT driver
Born (1974-02-12) 12 February 1974 (age 47)
Shizuoka, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality Flag of Japan.svg Japanese
Active years 19981999
Teams Tyrrell, Arrows
Entries32
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums0
Career points0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First entry 1998 Australian Grand Prix
Last entry 1999 Japanese Grand Prix

Toranosuke Takagi, known simply as Tora Takagi (高木 虎之介; born 12 February 1974) is a Japanese former racing driver.

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Early career

Takagi was heavily influenced by his father, a touring car driver. In the early 1980s he began racing karts, competing in his first championship kart race in 1987. After winning several All Japan National Kart A2 series races, Takagi ended his kart racing career in 1991 and began racing Formula Toyota in 1992. In 1993, he began competing in All Japan Formula Three, finishing 10th in his rookie season.

Formula One

Takagi driving for Tyrrell at the 1998 Spanish Grand Prix. Takagi 1998 Spanish GP.jpg
Takagi driving for Tyrrell at the 1998 Spanish Grand Prix.

During his performance in a 1994 race he drew the attention of Japanese Formula One driver Satoru Nakajima, joining the Nakajima Racing team and competing in Formula 3000. He was heavily involved in the team from 1995 until he was chosen as Tyrrell's Formula One test driver in 1997. He graduated to a race seat for 1998. Takagi later competed with the Arrows Formula One team, and his European popularity was on the rise. However, there were organizational and communication problems between Takagi and both teams, and he left Formula One at the end of the 1999 season.

Post–Formula One career

In 2000, Takagi joined Nakajima Racing's Formula Nippon team, earning eight victories in ten races, the most dominant performance ever by a driver in the series. He later competed in CART (Champ Car) for the Walker Racing team in 2001 and 2002 finishing in a career-best 4th place in Houston, Texas. He transferred to Indy Racing League and joined Mo Nunn Racing, finishing 10th in 2003. In the same year, he competed in the Indianapolis 500, starting in 7th place and finishing in 5th, earning him the Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year award.

After another, largely disappointing season in the IndyCar Series, Takagi returned to Japan in 2005 to compete in Formula Nippon once again, taking part ownership of the Cerumo team and running one of their cars in his own name (Takagi Planning with CERUMO). Takagi also was one of the co-drivers of the #38 Toyota Supra Super GT car, claiming the series title along with Yuji Tachikawa. Takagi's title made him the first Super GT rookie to become champion in the GT500 class since John Nielsen and David Brabham in 1996, as well as the last until Jenson Button in 2018.

Career timeline

Career results

Complete Japanese Formula 3000/Formula Nippon results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

YearEntrant12345678910DCPoints
1994 Nakajima Racing SUZ FUJ MIN SUZ SUG FUJ SUZ
7
FUJ
8
FUJ SUZ
9
NC0
1995 Nakajima Racing SUZ
7
FUJ
C
MIN
5
SUZ
Ret
SUG
1
FUJ
12
TOK
1
FUJ
1
SUZ
Ret
2nd29
1996 PIAA Nakajima Racing SUZ
Ret
MIN
3
FUJ
Ret
TOK
Ret
SUZ
1
SUG
1
FUJ
Ret
MIN
Ret
SUZ
6
FUJ
Ret
4th25
1997 PIAA Nakajima Racing SUZ
Ret
MIN
DNS
FUJ
3
SUZ
1
SUG
Ret
FUJ
Ret
MIN
5
MOT
Ret
FUJ
Ret
SUZ
5
6th18
2000 PIAA Nakajima Racing SUZ
1
MOT
1
MIN
Ret
FUJ
1
SUZ
1
SUG
1
MOT
1
FUJ
1
MIN
1
SUZ
2
1st86
2005 Team Cerumo MOT
9
SUZ
Ret
SUG
11
FUJ
9
SUZ
10
MIN
9
FUJ
8
MOT
Ret
SUZ
12
15th0
2006 Team LeMans FUJ
22
SUZ
16
MOT
11
SUZ
8
AUT
16
FUJ
8
SUG
Ret
MOT
Ret
SUZ
Ret
18th0
2007 Forum Engineering
Team LeMans
FUJ
Ret
SUZ
12
MOT
9
OKA
16
SUZ
8
FUJ
9
SUG
10
MOT
12
SUZ
8
16th3

Complete Formula One results

(key)

YearEntrantChassisEngine12345678910111213141516WDC Points
1998 PIAA Tyrrell Ford Tyrrell 026 Ford V10 AUS
Ret
BRA
Ret
ARG
12
SMR
Ret
ESP
13
MON
11
CAN
Ret
FRA
Ret
GBR
9
AUT
Ret
GER
13
HUN
14
BEL
Ret
ITA
9
LUX
16
JPN
Ret
NC0
1999 Repsol Arrows F1 Team Arrows A20 Arrows V10 AUS
7
BRA
8
SMR
Ret
MON
Ret
ESP
12
CAN
Ret
FRA
DSQ
GBR
16
AUT
Ret
GER
Ret
HUN
Ret
BEL
Ret
ITA
Ret
EUR
Ret
MAL
Ret
JPN
Ret
NC0

Complete American Open Wheel racing results

(key)

CART

YearTeamChassisEngine123456789101112131415161718192021RankPoints
2001 Walker Racing Reynard 01i Toyota RV8F V8 t MTY
10
LBH
20
TXS
NH
NZR
14
MOT
20
MIL
DSQ
DET
20
POR
18
CLE
14
TOR
22
MIS
13
CHI
11
MDO
21
ROA
22
VAN
7
LSZ
6
ROC
26
HOU
4
LS
13
SRF
16
FON
15
21st29
2002 Walker Racing Reynard 02i Toyota RV8F V8 t MTY
14
LBH
6
MOT
8
MIL
14
LS
16
POR
18
CHI
4
TOR
8
CLE
7
VAN
15
MDO
12
ROA
15
MTL
14
DEN
15
ROC
6
MIA
15
SRF
18
FON
18
MXC
6
15th53

IndyCar Series

YearTeamChassisEngine12345678910111213141516RankPoints
2003 Mo Nunn Racing G-Force GF09 Toyota Indy V8 HMS
12
PHX
22
MOT
8
INDY
5
TXS
3
PPIR
6
RIR
13
KAN
18
NSH
7
MIS
6
NZR
14
CHI
9
FON
18
TX2
7
10th317
Dallara IR-03STL
7
KTY
18
2004 Mo Nunn Racing Dallara IR-04 Toyota Indy V8 HMS
4
PHX
8
MOT
10
INDY
19
TXS
10
RIR
19
KAN
21
NSH
11
MIL
20
MIS
20
KTY
20
PPIR
19
NZR
17
CHI
13
FON
14
TX2
12
15th263

Indianapolis 500

YearChassisEngineStartFinishTeam
2003 G-Force Toyota 75 Mo Nunn Racing
2004 Dallara Toyota 2619 Mo Nunn Racing
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Tom Coronel
Formula Nippon
Champion

2000
Succeeded by
Satoshi Motoyama
Preceded by
Satoshi Motoyama
Richard Lyons
Super GT (GT500) Champion
2005
With: Yuji Tachikawa
Succeeded by
Juichi Wakisaka
André Lotterer
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Alex Barron
Tomas Scheckter
Indianapolis 500
Rookie of the Year

2003
Succeeded by
Kosuke Matsuura

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