When he won the 2017 Indianapolis 500 at the age of 40, Takuma Sato would have known that he was considerably closer to the end of his top-line career than the start of it. Now 42, he's still an IndyCar Series contender - fifth in the 2019 points, with a dominant win at Barber Motorsports Park under his belt - but he's already moved into what could be regarded as a post-career role.
That role is to find new Japanese talent to represent Honda in Formula 1, just as Sato did in 2002-08. Recent proteges of the manufacturer have impressed from time to time in Formula 2/GP2 and GP3, and now two new recruits have headed west to try to make a splash in the inaugural FIA Formula 3 Championship. Sato will help them, as he will all those who follow.
That's because he has been appointed as principal of the SRS-Formula and SRS-Kart elements of the Suzuka Circuit Racing School, with fellow ex-Formula 1/Indycar racer Shinji Nakano as vice-principal. Note the usage of the 'principal' title - this is set up as a proper educational institution, not your regular racing school.