Motegi, Japan – September 14th, 2011 – The IZOD IndyCar Series travels to the Eastern Pacific Coast of Japan this weekend for the final road course event of the 2011 IZOD IndyCar Series season at the Final Indy Japan 300. Conquest Racing’s Joao Paulo de Oliveria will be among the few drivers with previous experience at the 2.98-mile permanent road course; the race was originally planned to be held at Twin Ring’s oval course, the usual venue of the IZOD IndyCar Series for the past 12 years, but it sustained major damage during March’s earthquakes which made it unsuitable for racing.
The Brazilian driver arrives to Motegi with positive momentum after a successful run at the same venue earlier this year where he dominated the Formula Nippon race by qualifying in the pole, setting the fastest lap and taking the victory for the second year in a row. Conquest Racing and Oliveira are well prepared for this weekend’s challenge and are expected to be a force to be reckoned. The 14-turn Japanese road course is a smooth and technical track with slow corners followed by long straights so drivers and teams will need to make the most out of their braking to provide competitive lap times.
This weekend Conquest Racing will help bring awareness among the international community about the devastation that was caused on March 11th by the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and consequent tsunami that struck Japan and the continuing valiant efforts to rebuild the country by carrying the Hope & Solidarity for Japan logos on their #34 Ceremony racecar.
The Indianapolis based team is also proud to announce their relationship with Brazilian Sugar Cane Ethanol, which powers the complete IZOD IndyCar grid, allowing the series to reduce their greenhouse gases by over 61% as compared to gasoline.
The weekend will start with a practice session on Friday September 16th at 3:00 PM; followed on Saturday September 17th by another series of practice sessions at 9:00 AM and 12:00 PM respectively before the qualifying round at 3:00PM. The race will start Sunday September 18th at 1:00 PM and will last 63 laps (All Japan local times GTM +9).
Joao Paulo de Olivera
- 34 Ceremony/Conquest Racing/Honda/Dallara/Firestone
“I’m ready to go, I’m really looking forward to this and I just want to make sure that all the preparations are right. I’m going to sit down with the engineers and discuss a few important points about Motegi and make sure everything is comfortable with my seat so tomorrow we can just get to speed quickly and start working on the car.
For me it’s a tremendous opportunity to be able to raise awareness for Japan and the recovery efforts here. I was here during the earthquake and the tsunami and it was obviously quite an experience. But to watch the reaction from the people here, how human they were, the solidarity between them, its just incredible. Being here for eight years I’ve developed big affection for the country so for me It’s great to carry the Hope & Solidarity for Japan logos, this is almost like a home race to me.”