IRL: Hattori Kansas qualifying notes

Vertex/Cunningham Racing Qualifying Quotes and Notes HATTORI: (on qualifying) The track was oily and a little slick from the preceding event with the Nascar Craftsman trucks, yet we still found a solid qualifying speed. Our first lap was good...

Vertex/Cunningham Racing Qualifying Quotes and Notes

HATTORI:

(on qualifying) The track was oily and a little slick from the preceding event with the Nascar Craftsman trucks, yet we still found a solid qualifying speed. Our first lap was good and our second lap could have been even better, but on the second run the fuel pressure dropped dramatically and the engine coughed, leaving me without a higher speed." (about the new track) It's a narrow track, a lot like Kentucky, just smoother and little trickier. For the Ameristar Casino Indy 200, the fastest way around the track is at the bottom and not up high. Heat will play a big part in tomorrow's race, so setup on the #55 EPSON is important. It's a great track and I have a lot of fun out there. It's very challenging. I feel good about what our race effort will be tomorrow."

Hattori will begin inside of row 5, one position above 12-time pole winner Greg Ray.

The Ameristar Casino Indy 200 is eighth of 13 events in the 2001 Indy Racing Northern Light Series season. Sunday's race is the inaugural Indy Racing event at Kansas Speedway and in Kansas.

The Ameristar Casino Indy 200 will be televised live on ABC at 1 pm (EDT) Sunday, June 8. "Indy Racing 2Day" will be televised live at 11 am Sunday on ESPN2.

Primary sponsorship for Vertex/Cunningham Racing's #55 EPSON comes from EPSON America, Inc. Epson is a world leader in digital imaging technology and offers a complete line of printers, scanners, digital cameras and multi-media projectors. The company is also a leading supplier of point-of-scale (POS) systems and peripherals for the retail market. EPSON America is the U.S. affiliate of Japanese-based Seiko-Epson Corporation.

-V/CR

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Greg Ray