Turns third-fastest test time. Lebanon, TN. (March 28, 2003) -- Hideo Fukuyama was one of 17 drivers who turned out for the ARCA Re/Max Series March 26 open test session and posted the third fastest time on the 1.33-mile concrete oval ...
Turns third-fastest test time.
Lebanon, TN. (March 28, 2003) -- Hideo Fukuyama was one of 17 drivers who turned out for the ARCA Re/Max Series March 26 open test session and posted the third fastest time on the 1.33-mile concrete oval Nashville Superspeedway.
While Fukuyama had never driven on the Nashville oval, he quickly adapted to the track and clocked a lap time of 31.360 seconds in his No. 9 Kikkoman Ford Taurus. Fukuyama was preparing for the April 11 ARCA Re/Max Series race.
Car owner, Travis Carter, ran a second day of private testing and Fukuyama continued his progress by logging a mock qualifying run of 30.84 seconds at a speed of more than 176 mph (30.321 seconds is the current track qualifying record set by Frank Kimmel in 2001).
"I'm very pleased," said Crew Chief Gary Cogswell. "I feel like we've gone fast enough so that we can come back and be competitive (at the Nashville Superspeedway). He ran a competitive qualifying practice speed. We ran more than 200 laps, so Hideo go a lot of seat time."
Carter also thought the test went well. "Hideo ran a competitive lap speed. He seemed pretty comfortable, pretty consistent. I think he is gaining confidence with every turn of the wheel. We've made a lot of progress with him in the last couple of test sessions."
The test was also useful for the crew to collect valuable information about the track and the machine.
"Thanks to the help and experience of the team, we were able to run a pretty good lap time and collect some useful data," said first-time ARCA driver Fukuyama.
Cogswell perhaps best expressed the sentiments of the entire team. "I'm anxious to come back."