IRL: Shinji Nakano to run Motegi

Shinji Nakano To Contest Motegi IRL Event With Honda Power. TORRANCE, Calif. (March 14, 2003) - Beck Motorsports today announced plans to contest the upcoming Indy Japan 300 at Twin Ring Motegi Circuit, using Honda power with veteran open-wheel...

Shinji Nakano To Contest Motegi IRL Event With Honda Power.

TORRANCE, Calif. (March 14, 2003) - Beck Motorsports today announced plans to contest the upcoming Indy Japan 300 at Twin Ring Motegi Circuit, using Honda power with veteran open-wheel racer Shinji Nakano in the cockpit.

Formed in 1991 by second-generation racer Greg Beck, Beck Motorsports has fielded Indianapolis 500 efforts for drivers including Buddy Lazier, Stephane Gregoire and Hideshi Matsuda. With the formation of the IRL in 1996, the team appeared at the series' inaugural event, the Indy 200 at Walt Disney World, with Robbie Buhl as the driver.

More recently, Beck fielded Billy Boat in 2001, finishing fourth in the championship with four top-five finishes and eight top-10 results in the 13-race season, including a second-place finish at Nashville.

"We are really looking forward to working with Shinji and Honda," said Beck. "We're building a strong relationship and we should have a successful run in Japan."

Formula One veteran Nakano most recently completed a three-year CART program with Walker Racing and Fernandez Racing, all with Honda power. Highlights last season included a pair of top-five results at Toronto and Chicago, while his best finish at Twin Ring Motegi came in an eighth-place run in 2000.

With today's announcement, Honda will field a total of six entries at the upcoming Motegi event, all using Dallara chassis. In addition to Nakano, the Honda-powered effort will include 2000 Motegi winner Michael Andretti, Dario Franchitti and Tony Kanaan of Andretti Green Racing; Kenny Brack with Team Rahal; and rookie Roger Yasukawa with Super Aguri Fernandez Racing.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Robbie Buhl , Buddy Lazier , Stephan Gregoire , Billy Boat , Michael Andretti , Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Shinji Nakano , Kenny Brack , Roger Yasukawa , Matsuda Hideshi