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FORMULA DREAM/PANASONIC DRIVER HIDEKI MUTOH EIGHTH FASTEST IN PRACTICE FOR THE INDY GRAND PRIX OF ALABAMA PRESENTED BY LEGACY CREDIT UNION Hideki Mutoh, No. 06 Formula Dream/Panasonic Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "We made improvements to the...

FORMULA DREAM/PANASONIC DRIVER HIDEKI MUTOH EIGHTH FASTEST IN PRACTICE FOR THE INDY GRAND PRIX OF ALABAMA PRESENTED BY LEGACY CREDIT UNION

Hideki Mutoh, No. 06 Formula Dream/Panasonic Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "We made improvements to the Formula Dream / Panasonic car today. Lap-time-wise the field is very close. There are eight cars within five-tenths of a second. If you make a small gain it might put you in the top-three but if you lose one-tenth it would put you maybe 15th. The field is very close. Between the first session and second session, we made gains and the car was better. I am now working more on how to drive better instead of how to improve the car. We are still working on that but I think we are in the ballpark so we will just keep working. As everyone is saying, qualifying is almost everything this weekend. It's very important to have a good grid spot. I think the only passing zone is entering Turn 5. It is very narrow and high-speed so you lose a lot of downforce if you get behind somebody. I woke up at 6:30 a.m. this morning so I could get used to getting up so early tomorrow to qualify. On race weekend's I try to go to bed earlier than normal by 11 p.m. but tonight, since I need to be at top performance for qualifying so early, maybe I need to go to bed at 9:30 like kids!"

-source: nhlr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Hideki Mutoh