CHAMPCAR/CART: Shinji Nakano Learns Much at Motegi

Motegi, Japan, May 14, 2000 - Walker Racing rookie driver and Japanese native Shinji Nakano drove to a 14th place finish at Motegi on Sunday, in his second oval track event ever. Nakano fought an understeer in his ...

Motegi, Japan, May 14, 2000 - Walker Racing rookie driver and Japanese native Shinji Nakano drove to a 14th place finish at Motegi on Sunday, in his second oval track event ever. Nakano fought an understeer in his #5 Avex/Honda car throughout the entire race and two close calls with the outside wall, both caused by the understeer problem. "The race for us was a difficult one," said owner Derrick Walker. "On full to empty tanks it was hard for us to keep pace with the leaders due to too much understeer and the car being a little nervous over the bumps in turn 2. However, as the fuel load burnt off the car was a lot better and Shinj's lap speed was very good, but we got down a lap and could never get it back." Nakano qualified in 11th position for the race, which was delayed one day due to heavy rains in the Motegi area. Finishing in 14th place was good experience for the CART rookie, helping him gain valuable running time on the oval tracks. "The car was difficult to drive on full tanks, and very nervous in turn two," said Nakano. " I learned many things today about this track and driving on ovals in general. Motegi is very different from Homestead, and this race was a good learning experience for us today!"

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In the "friendly competition" between the Walker Racing teams, the CART crew once again made very competitive pit stops at the Motegi track, changing tires and fueling the car very quickly for a total of four pit stops. The next leg in the competition will happen at the Indianapolis 500 on May 28, where the Walker Racing IRL crew faces the challenge to beat the Walker Racing CART crew.

*** Walker Racing's corporate sponsor partners are avex, Alpine, Mitsuba, SpeedWRX.com, NGK, St. Elmo Steakhouse, Honda, Reynard and Firestone.

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