OH CANADA! HIDEKI IS LOOKING FORWARD TO APPLYING KNOWLEDGE GAINED FROM TORONTO THIS WEEKEND This weekend will mark Mutoh's third IZOD IndyCar Series event here. He started 12th and finished 14th after going off course in 2009. He started 21st...
HIDEKI IS LOOKING FORWARD TO APPLYING KNOWLEDGE GAINED FROM TORONTO THIS WEEKEND
This weekend will mark Mutoh's third IZOD IndyCar Series event here. He started 12th and finished 14th after going off course in 2009. He started 21st and retired in 27th after contact in 2008 -- both with Andretti Green Racing. Hideki is hoping to improve upon his results in Edmonton this weekend. "The first year was very tough but we improved in qualifying the second year. I started 12th but during the race I made a dumb mistake after a pit stop and went on the grass and lost a lot of positions there and we finished 14th. I'm hoping to have a much better weekend this year. We learned a couple of things in Toronto that will make the car better, especially under braking. We were able to get the car to have less lock-up under braking and I think that will help in Edmonton. We are aiming for a top-10 spot in qualifying and will basically go from there. It's going to be a very physical, tough race. Survival will also be very important like in Toronto."
HIDEKI ON THE PHYSICAL "MARATHON" COURSE
"The track is very bumpy and very physical," said Mutoh. "It's probably one of the most physical tracks of the season. I'm looking forward to improving on my results from the last two years. It's a very tough track. It's challenging to get the car setup right to handle the track, under braking. The bumps upset the car and make it very hard to stop. Cardio training is helpful for preparing for the Honda Indy Edmonton race. You are fighting the car the whole time, even in a straight line, because it's very bumpy. If we don't get a yellow flag during the race, it's going to be like a marathon. The steering gets very heavy so arm strength is important. It is a high G-force track so you need strong neck muscles as well. It has been very hot there as well so hydration is an issue to. I start hydrating the morning of the race and try to drink as much water as I can every 15 minutes or so. During the race I use a drink mix that E.J. Viso gave me that is very good."
HIDEKI'S BEST OF THE SEASON SO FAR
Hideki has one top-five (Kansas -- 4th) and three top-10 starts (Indy -- 9th; Texas 7th) in 2010. His highest finish of the season is 12th place, three times (Texas, Watkins Glen, Toronto). He had been running in the top-four most of the event at Kansas Speedway but contact with Takuma Sato after a late race restart while trying to pass a lapped car ended his race.