Dover: Shige Hattori preview

Shige comments on testing at The Milwaukee Mile: "We had a really good test in Milwaukee. It's a difficult track. Obviously I've driven Milwaukee a couple times in Indy Lights and in the Champ Car. The race truck is much more difficult on the...

Shige comments on testing at The Milwaukee Mile:

"We had a really good test in Milwaukee. It's a difficult track. Obviously I've driven Milwaukee a couple times in Indy Lights and in the Champ Car. The race truck is much more difficult on the track then the other cars I've driven there. There isn't much banking. The handling of the No. 9 Germain/Arnold Tundra was really good when we were testing."

Shige comments on Dover International Speedway:

Dover is completely different than Milwaukee -- Dover is totally different for me since I've never driven or actually even ever seen the track. Honestly, I've never seen it. People say Dover is the most difficult track -- 1 mile high banked and concrete. I hear that it's different than the rest of the tracks we'll run at this year.

Shige comments on his move from the IRL to NASCAR:

"Everyone asks me, "Hey Shige, do you miss the Indy 500?" I don't really miss it. I never had a bad feeling about not racing in the Indy 500 because I so enjoy driving for NASCAR. The Indy 500 is open wheel and my career in open wheel is over. That is in the past and I'm on my new challenge. I need to focus on driving for NASCAR. I will watch the Coca Cola 600 for sure because I want to watch the lines on the tracks and the grooves they will follow, to learn more about my new challenge."

Shige comments on the No. 9 AISIN / AISIN AW Germain/Arnold Racing Team:

"My focus now is completely on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and performing well. Of course for my sponsors, but I really want to be successful and do well for the team. Mike (Hillman, GM), Tom (Ackerman, Crew Chief) and all the crew work so hard - for me. It is my focus to do well - for them."

"Just one example of how hard they work, the guys got back from the Milwaukee test about 1 a.m. and they were at the shop at 7 a.m. That is real dedication and I am working hard to have that dedication pay off in my performance on the track. Having this streak of races coming up will help me by being behind the wheel of the race truck week in and week out."

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