IRL: Motegi: Andretti Green Racing preview

Dan Wheldon on the Indy Japan 300: "At Motegi, you've got to have a very consistent race car, but it's one of those tracks where you've got to have a pretty fast car, as well. When I say fast, I mean it's got to be 'raceable fast.' ...

Dan Wheldon on the Indy Japan 300:
"At Motegi, you've got to have a very consistent race car, but it's one of those tracks where you've got to have a pretty fast car, as well. When I say fast, I mean it's got to be 'raceable fast.' It's got to be a car that you can overtake with, but not lose too much time in the process. We'll also need good power and I am certainly very confident with Honda going into the race. A combination of all of those things is going to be the key factor in trying to take a consecutive victory in Motegi."

Eddie Jones, Race Engineer, #26 Klein Tools/Jim Beam Dallara/Honda/Firestone on the Indy Japan 300:
"The Klein Tools/Jim Beam team has certainly gotten off to a great start this season. But, in this series, it's so important to do well at every race. It's so competitive that you can't afford to give up results. We go into each event with the intent of doing the best we can. To win in Motegi again would be great for the team's spirits heading into Indy and that's what we're intending to do."

Tony Kanaan on the Indy Japan 300:
"Team 7-Eleven has been very fast and very competitive over the first three events of the season. We will continue to work hard, run up front in the field and win races whenever we have the opportunity. Motegi is a very important event for us due to our close relationship with Honda, and we want to have another strong performance for them at their 'home' track."

Eric Cowdin, Race Engineer, #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone, on the Indy Japan 300:
"Team 7-Eleven has had three strong finishes this year and we're looking to continue in that manner. Everyone else has us square in their sights and we are the team to beat, so that makes us work that much harder. We finished '1-2' with Dan Wheldon and Tony last year and we'd like to do as well, or better, this year and I think we've shown that we are capable of that."

Bryan Herta on the Indy Japan 300:
"Things change so quickly in this series that you can't ever assume that you're going to be good just because you were good at the last race. With Motegi being the last race before the Indianapolis 500, everybody's development is ramping up right now pretty heavily, so I'm sure there will be some new developments at Motegi. For the XM Satellite Radio team and Honda, it's important to have another good race to gain some momentum heading into the Indianapolis 500 and that's what we intend to do."

George Klotz, Team Manager, #7 XM Satellite Radio Dallara/Honda/Firestone on the Indy Japan 300:
"The XM Satellite Radio team is on a pretty good roll right now. We feel like we've had a good car in all three races and we keep getting better each time out. We've run off a streak of two-straight poles, but now it's time to win. So, we're going to go to Japan and try to sit on the pole again and finish it off with another win for Honda at Motegi."

Dario Franchitti on the Indy Japan 300:
"The ArcaEx team has strong momentum right now, coming off two solid performances at Phoenix and St. Petersburg. Plus, we were very strong at Twin Ring Motegi last year, so we have a good feel for what it takes to be competitive at that track. If we keep working as we have been and running up front, eventually things will fall into place for us."

Allen McDonald, Race Engineer, #27 ArcaEx Dallara/Honda/Firestone, on the Indy Japan 300:
"We've had three solid races this season. Unfortunately, the ArcaEx team hasn't found the wins that we've been after. We're looking forward to going to Motegi, building on the performances we've posted thus far and hopefully we'll bring home the win that the team deserves."

-AGR-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Bryan Herta , Dan Wheldon , Jim Beam