HATTORI FINISHES THIRD IN TROIS-RIVIERES INDY LIGHTS RACE; SHAFER AND SIELSKY FINISH SIXTH AND EIGHTH IN KOOL/TOYOTA ATLANTIC RACE TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec (August 2, 1998) - Team KOOL Green Indy Lights driver Naoki Hattori ( ...
HATTORI FINISHES THIRD IN TROIS-RIVIERES INDY LIGHTS RACE;
SHAFER AND SIELSKY FINISH SIXTH AND EIGHTH IN KOOL/TOYOTA ATLANTIC RACE
TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec (August 2, 1998) - Team KOOL Green Indy Lights driver Naoki Hattori (#27 Team KOOL Green Lola) started and finished third in today's PPG-Dayton Indy Lights race at Trois-Rivieres. Hattori's teammate, Mark Hotchkis (#26 Team KOOL Green Lola), made up six positions in the race to finish seventh.
Pole sitter Cristiano de Matta led flag-to-flag to win his third race of the season in convincing style. Oriol Servia, who started alongside de Matta, never really challenged and finished in second place, 1.31-seconds behind. De Matta now leads Guy Smith, who finished fourth today, 130 - 102 with three races remaining in the 14-race season.
Top graduates from the Team Green Academy Class of '96/'97, Jeff Shafer and Matt Sielsky, finished sixth and eighth respectively in today's KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship race at Trois-Rivieres.
Shafer started ninth in his #24 PPI-Derek Daly Academy Swift-Toyota and improved three spots to sixth. It was only the second start in the series for Shafer, having finished seventh at Milwaukee earlier this season. He plans to run two more races this season - Road America in two weeks and Vancouver in September.
Sielsky, who is contesting the entire 1998 season in the #16 LCI International Swift-Toyota, started 12th and improved to eighth in the race. His eighth-place finish moves him up one spot in the standings. He is now in fifth place with 73 points.
NAOKI HATTORI, #27 Team KOOL Green Lola T97/20 (PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship):
Started 3rd / Finished 3rd (Ninth place in points standings with 56 points)
"At the beginning of the race I couldn't get good grip. Once the tires heated up I tried to pressure Oriol (Servia). But he only made one small mistake; it was at the hairpin and I couldn't get by. I really like racing on street courses, and I'm happy to be third today. But it shows how important it is to qualify well. I must get the pole at Vancouver (next race)"
MARK HOTCHKIS, #26 Team KOOL Green Lola T97/20 (PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship):
Started 13th / Finished 8th
"I'm really happy to have had this opportunity. I'd like to thank Barry Green and the whole Team KOOL Green crew for giving me the chance to race this weekend. It may have been a one-off ride, but it was worth it for me. I just wish we could have qualified better. We had a good race, but it's really difficult to make up positions on this track."
JEFF SHAFER, #24 PPI-Derek Daly Academy Swift-Toyota (KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship):
(Team Green Academy Class of '96/'97 graduate) Started 9th / Finished 6th
"I made a mistake at the beginning of the race. I had the front bar in the wrong place, which gave me a handling problem. I caught it during the yellow (lap 23 of 45). After that I was a half-second faster. That was a big mistake that I'll never make again. Even though I wasn't up front today, I was a lot more consistent than in my first race at Milwaukee (7th place finish). Now I know that the potential is there for good results at Road America and Vancouver. I have a good confidence level going into Road America in two weeks."
MATT SIELSKY, #16 LCI International Swift-Toyota (KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship):
(Team Green Academy Class of '96/'97 graduate) Started 12th / Finished 8th
"We didn't get the results in this race that we wanted. We made little improvements throughout the weekend, but it wasn't enough to run with the leaders. I passed four guys on the first lap. But it was a very difficult race. The handling would change on the car and I'd make adjustments with the bar. I was chasing the car the whole day."