IRL: Shigeaki Hattori to start at the Texas Motor Speedway

Indianapolis, IN: Treadway Racing and Shigeaki Hattori announced today their entry into the Casino Magic 500 at the Texas Motor Speedway on June 10. Hattori will make his Indy Racing Northern Light Series (IRNL) debut in the ...

Indianapolis, IN: Treadway Racing and Shigeaki Hattori announced today their entry into the Casino Magic 500 at the Texas Motor Speedway on June 10. Hattori will make his Indy Racing Northern Light Series (IRNL) debut in the #55 Treadway Racing-Vertex/Cunningham Racing entry featuring sponsorship from Epson America.

Originally from Okayama, Japan, the 36 year-old driver boasts many strong career finishes including 15 victories and 38 podium finishes between 1990 and 1998. He has run in such series as: Indy Lights, Formula Atlantics, Formula Toyota Esso Challenge Cup and the FJ 1600 series. While this will be his first start, the Japanese driver will continue for the rest of the season with Treadway as a teammate to Robby McGehee-driver of the #5 Mall.com entry.

After successfully passing the 4 phases of the Indy 500 Rookie Orientation Program in April, Hattori has been running a comprehensive testing program in preparation for his first IRNL race and is excited to be running at such a noteworthy track. Shigeaki quotes " Although I've had a late start this season, I am confident that with the extensive testing I'll be able to concentrate on my first race in Texas. I'm looking forward to a good season with Treadway and the IRL Series."

The #55 Epson entry will be run at the Indianapolis 500 by Treadway Racing-Vertex/Cunningham Racing with noted "Indy" veteran Raul Boesel at the wheel. Boesel has 11 Indianapolis 500 starts under his belt with a total of two top five finishes, four top ten finishes and a career total at Indy of $2, 060, 634. He will join Treadway stable mates Robby McGehee and Jason Leffler for the 84th running of the Indianapolis 500.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Robby McGehee , Shigeaki Hattori , Raul Boesel