Budweiser/GI Joe's 200 Presented by Texaco Havoline - Round ...
Budweiser/GI Joe's 200 Presented by Texaco Havoline - Round #8 Portland International Raceway, Oregon Shigeaki Hattori - #16 Mercedes-Benz/Reynard/Goodyear
EPSON Bettenhausen Motorsports rookie driver Shigeaki Hattori completed eight laps of today's Budweiser/GI Joe's 200 CART FedEx Championship event at Portland International Raceway before pulling the car into the pits. Shigeaki explained that he was not feeling well and was unable to compete.
The team will take a planned two-race hiatus from the series (Cleveland and Road America events) and hopes to complete additional testing before returning to the Championship next month at the Molson Indy Toronto.
Joe Ward - Team Manager We knew that Shigeaki wasn't feeling well today but we wanted to start the race and see what happened. There was nothing wrong with the car mechanically but he just didn't feel well enough to proceed. The good news is that he was smart about it and pulled out of the race before he got in the way of the other competitors.