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Friday, January 31, 2003
Updated: February 4, 4:18 PM ET
Tora Takagi

By Robin Miller
ESPN.com

Team: Walker Racing
Nationality: Japanese

Tora Takagi
Takagi

STATS (CART)
Year
Rank
Wins
Top 5
Top 10
Poles
Best finish
2002 15 0 1 7 0 4th, Chicago
Career   0 2 11 0 4th

2002 recap
The good: Sophomore season in CART was quite a nice turnaround from 2001 as the ex-Formula One driver placed fourth at Chicago and finished sixth three times -- Long Beach, England and Mexico City. Also qualified a career-best third at Miami.

  • Season highlight: Qualified fourth on Rockingham's tricky oval and ran with the leaders all day before finishing sixth.

    Tora Takagi

    The bad: Only finished nine of 18 races.

  • Season lowlight: Suffered broken pelvis in first-lap melee in Australia.

    Key stat: Never finished out of top 10 when he finished.

    2003 outlook
    The 28-year-old road racer is leaving CART for the IRL because Toyota needs a Japanese driver and Takagi has shown speed on the ovals. He'll be teammates with Felipe Giaffone for Morris Nunn.

    Your take
    Here are your thoughts on Takagi and how he will adapt to the IRL.