Mazda driver Yojiro Terada talks about the Asian sportscar series
The Asian Le Mans Series continues to prepare for their 2013 season with special interviews. This week Yojiro Terada talks about his racing career.
Yojiro Terada is a Japanese racing driver from Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture. He holds the distinction of being the driver with the most starts at the 24 Hours of Le Mans without ever having won with 29 races under his belt (28 of which were consecutive). He is also third behind Henri Pescarolo and Bob Wollek for the drivers with the most total Le Mans races. His best overall finish was seventh in 1995 although he has had several class victories over the years.
Question: Could you talk a little about your driving experience? I started to race in 1965, essentially the dawn of Japanese motor racing. From 1974 to 1976, I won the Fuji Tourist Trophy race three times but my target was always to join European and American races. That is why I participated in the Spa Francorchamps, Daytona, and Le Mans, the three big 24 hours races. I was the first Japanese driver to take part in those races. Since that date, Le Mans has remained my passion and I have participated 29 times total in the Le Mans 24 hours race.
Q: In your opinion what is the most important factor for the success of Asian LMS in Japan? As you know and as the organizers have been working hard to achieve, the support of manufacturers like Audi, Porsche, Ferrari, Aston Martin etc is an important issue.
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