Motegi: Andretti Green Racing race report

MOTEGI, Japan (September 19, 2009) - Andretti Green Racing drivers Danica Patrick, Tony Kanaan, Marco Andretti and Hideki Mutoh competed in the 2009 Bridgestone Indy Japan 300 at Twin Ring Motegi on Saturday afternoon. The 2009 IndyCar Series ...

MOTEGI, Japan (September 19, 2009) - Andretti Green Racing drivers Danica Patrick, Tony Kanaan, Marco Andretti and Hideki Mutoh competed in the 2009 Bridgestone Indy Japan 300 at Twin Ring Motegi on Saturday afternoon. The 2009 IndyCar Series season finale will be held October 10th at the Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Danica Patrick, #7 Boost Mobile/Motorola Dallara/Honda/Firestone: (Started 6th, finished 6th)
"The #7 car was strong all day; unfortunately it just wasn't strong enough to defend my win from last year. We could have had a run on Mario (Moraes) but I got caught in traffic and just wasn't able to gain the position. Overall it was a good day and a solid finish for us.

Tony Kanaan, #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone: (Started 23rd, finished 11th)
"Starting last made it a difficult day for Team 7-Eleven. We did what we could, but it's a tough race and now-a-days track position is everything. Going from dead last to 11th makes for an okay day, but obviously we are always hoping for more."

Marco Andretti, #26 Team Venom Energy Dallara/Honda/Firestone: (Started 14th, finished 7th)
"Today wasn't a bad showing for the Venom boys, especially considering our starting position. A better qualifying run obviously would have made our day a lot easier, but we were able to work through some traffic and make the best of it. Had that last yellow fallen a couple laps later I think it would have been a much brighter outcome for the #26 car, but you can't depend on yellows."

Hideki Mutoh, #27 Formula Dream Dallara/Honda/Firestone: (Started 22nd, finished 14th)
"I am disappointed that I was injured during the qualifying session yesterday, but I did my best today. I would like to thank all the fans for cheering for me and want to apologize for not being able to show a better performance during the race. I saw the fans waving the flags during the yellow and it gave me energy and made me realize how lucky I am to have such a warm hearted people on my side."

-credit: agr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tony Kanaan , Marco Andretti , Hideki Mutoh , Danica Patrick