On first glance it sounds like someone just picked three names out of a hat: Gil de Ferran, Takuma Sato, Marty Roth. But let's give credit where credit is due as is it May yet? scooped everyone back on May 8th.
Gil de Ferran is here, and according to Mike, so is Takuma Sato. I also saw a few members of de Ferran MotorsportsIt appears this may in fact be a lot more than a rumor. It seems 2003 Indianapolis 500 winner Gil de Ferran has acquired the remains of Roth Racing for the express purposes of putting Sato in an IndyCar. Expect to hear an announcement this weekend and to see Sato racing no sooner than Milwaukee.
Let the rumors fly! Here’s a completely unsubstantiated one. Marty Roth has some equipment for sale.
In fact, even Curt Cavin is saying as much today.
Question: Talking about the rest of the IRL season, not this year's 500: Is there a story behind Gil de Ferran and Takuma Sato being at the track on pole day, and Marty Roth saying that the buyer for his equipment could not take delivery until after May? There's also a rumor that Sato will drive at Motegi this year. Is there any truth to all this craziness? (Mike, Speedway, Ind.)There a number of ways to look at this. First, de Ferran has been mentioned as a possible defector from ALMS ever since it became apparent that his Acura would only be racing against other Acura teams. Starting an IndyCar team now is either a huge contingency for de Ferran's motorsports endeavors or a possibly even a harbinger of an exit from the ALMS altogether by Acura. I mean, even Scott Sharp - another Acura driver participating in the same class - is at Indy this Month.
Answer: I think in this case there is. I know de Ferran Motorsports is looking into a program, and I see no other entity out there interested in buying Marty's equipment. So yes, I can put two and two together.
Sato is an interesting choice because he comes not just from a Formula One background but was an employee of Aguri Suzuki's former F1 team. Both he and de Ferran have ties to Honda, so you may or may not interpret that as defining who's paying for all of this. Meanwhile, who knows if this has any impact on Suzuki and his Formula Dream program that currently sponsors Hideki Mutoh (as well as an occasional hybrid for Tony Kanaan.)
But most of all, this means Marty Roth is gone. Likely, for good. You can all stop worrying now. And as Forrest Gump so eloquently noted, "That is all I have to say about that".