ROOKIE HATTORI GAINS GROUND Through Experience in the Seat St. Louis, MO. (May 2, 2005) Shige Hattori gained ground from experience in the seat of the No. 9 AISIN / AISIN AW Germain/Arnold Racing Toyota Tundra this weekend on the oval track...
ROOKIE HATTORI GAINS GROUND
Through Experience in the Seat
St. Louis, MO. (May 2, 2005) Shige Hattori gained ground from experience in the seat of the No. 9 AISIN / AISIN AW Germain/Arnold Racing Toyota Tundra this weekend on the oval track just west of St. Louis. Hattori returned to Gateway International Raceway where he captured his 1998 Indy Lights win at for the running of the Dodge Ram 200. This time Hattori returned in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series racing in only his fourth race of his rookie season.
"We had a good truck tonight with the No. 9 AISIN/AISIN AW Tundra," Shige Hattori commented. "The truck was pretty loose at the beginning but it was good otherwise. While racing side by side - another truck came up on me in turn four and pushed me a little and I scraped the wall. I ended up having a flat tire and had to come to the pits under the green flag. The team made the changes we needed to the Tundra - but I had made a mistake on my pit speed. I thought I did 4500 (RPM) -- maybe my entry was too quick or my exit too quick. I had to bring the truck back in and serve the one lap penalty. The No. 9 Germain/Arnold Racing Toyota Tundra wasn't the same after I nicked the wall. Maybe the front suspension or something broke because it was very difficult to steer."
Hattori managed to hold on to the race truck and brought home a 27th place finish at Gateway International Raceway. This was Hattori's 4th race of the 25 race schedule in the 2005 Craftsman Truck Series Season.
"It was a good night - for the experience we gained in the truck," Hattori commented. "Our truck came home in decent shape. We are going to Chicago and South Boston to test this week to get ready for Mansfield. All the seat time in the truck I'm getting by testing has been very helpful. I lived in Columbus, Ohio for a while before and I am looking forward to going to Mansfield and having a good run for the Germain's."
Brothers Bob, Steve and Rick Germain own an automotive dealership group with 18 dealerships representing 13 different manufacturers in Columbus, Ohio, Naples, Florida and Sarasota, Florida.
Hattori and the rest of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series teams are off this weekend but will be back in action at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway Sunday, May 15, 2005. For more information on the NASCAR Craftsman Trucks Series visit www.nascar.com. For information on Shige Hattori and the No. 9 AISIN / AISIN AW Germain/Arnold Racing Toyota Tundra visit www.germainarnoldracing.com.