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Born on 28 January 1977 in Tokyo, Japan, Takuma Sato is celebrating his 28th birthday.

The Japanese driver made his racing debut in 1996, after saving the money to buy himself a kart before entering the Honda school the following year. From there he has been nurtured by the engine giant and landed a fully paid drive in the All Japan Formula three Championship in 1998. However, he opted to pass this opportunity by and made the move to Europe instead.

The Diamond Racing team became his home during that season where he contested several Formula Vauxhall events before being promoted to Formula Opel.

For the 1999 season he took sixth place in the Formula Opel Euroseries for his first full season of racing as well as participating in the last few rounds of the British F3 Championship (Class B).

Graduating to Carlin Motorsport and Class A in the 2000 championship, Takuma laid claim to no less than five victories to finish third overall. His first taste of an F1 car came later that year when he underwent tests for both BAR and Jordan Grand Prix, eventually signing a deal with BAR as their 2001 test driver.

He continued in F3 and took the title after winning 12 out of a possible 13 events, a very prestigious result. He also went on to win The Marlboro Masters at Zandvoort and the Macau event later in the year.

He has made the step up into full time Formula One, signing a deal with Jordan to drive alongside Giancarlo Fisichella for the 2002 championship season. With strong backing from Honda, Takuma Sato had the opportunity to prove his potential as a regular driver with BAR in 2004 after spending the previous year as a test driver in the team and ran the 2003 Japanese GP and finished 5th.

http://uk.sports.yahoo.com/050128/13/8r1o.html
 

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An Aquarius... Pffft... Everbody knows Geminis make the best drivers. :p

Oh well... Happy B-Day Takuma. :clap
 
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