CHAMPCAR/CART: AAR Motegi Preview

All American Racers Hopes Logistical Challenge Pays Off At The Inaugural Budweiser 500 In Motegi, Japan: John Scherry, Team Manager for AAR, explains the logistics involved with an overseas race. "It's definitely a big job ...

All American Racers Hopes Logistical Challenge Pays Off At The Inaugural Budweiser 500 In Motegi, Japan: John Scherry, Team Manager for AAR, explains the logistics involved with an overseas race. "It's definitely a big job preparing to head overseas. AAR had five trucks on the road at the same time in order to make this happen - two race trucks, a support truck, a test truck and a freight truck. When the team is based out of California it only adds to the drama. The race team stayed in Homestead preparing the cars and packing crates, while the test team headed for Nazareth for a Goodyear tire test. It seems to take twice as long when you're not working out of your own shop, so I have to give credit to our employees for pulling this off. The race trucks left Homestead on Wednesday for Indianapolis, where the cars and cargo will be loaded and shipped to Japan. The team will leave California on Sunday morning and with any luck return with their first top-ten finish of the season."

AAR Veteran, PJ Jones Excited About Visiting Japan: "I think racing in Japan will be great for our series, especially for everyone involved with Toyota. We currently have two Japanese manufacturers involved in CART racing and now we have the opportunity to gain some more fans. I wish we had a little more time to explore the Japanese culture but I don't get there until Tuesday and we start racing on Thursday." Rookie, Alex Barron Glad To Have First Race Over: "Things should be more comfortable now that the first race is out of the way. I learned a lot about racing with 28 other drivers in Homestead. The biggest adjustment for me was the aerodynamics of these machines in traffic. I'm looking forward to the race in Japan but not the long flight. I'll probably drive my team crazy before we land in Tokyo."

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Drivers Alex Barron