WHAT: Indy Japan 300, third race in 16-race 2004 season WHERE: Twin Ring Motegi, Motegi, Japan, 1.5-mile asphalt oval WHEN: 11:30 p.m. (EDT), Friday, April 16 DISTANCE: 200 laps/300 miles CARS: Dallara and Panoz G Force chassis; Chevy Indy...
Indy Japan 300, third race in 16-race 2004 season
Twin Ring Motegi, Motegi, Japan, 1.5-mile asphalt oval
11:30 p.m. (EDT), Friday, April 16
200 laps/300 miles
Dallara and Panoz G Force chassis; Chevy Indy V8, Honda H14R Indy V-8 and Toyota Indy V8 engines; Firestone tires
Race: ESPN2 (live), 11:30 p.m. (EDT), April 16
Race: IMS Radio Network, 11:30 p.m. (EDT), April 16
Live coverage of MBNA Pole Qualifying and the race also will be available at www.indyracing.com/indycar.
NOTES OF INTEREST:
Back Home Again in Tochigi?: The IndyCar Series gears up to the Month of May by visiting Twin Ring Motegi for the second time. The track is located in the Japanese prefecture of Tochigi, which is the sister region to Indiana.
Honda Aims For Win At Home Track: Twin Ring Motegi is the home track of IndyCar Series engine manufacturer Honda, but no Honda driver has recorded a victory in an Indy-style racing event at the track. The manufacturer brings a strong IndyCar Series contingent to this year's event -- including points leader Tony Kanaan, 2003 Rookie of the Year Dan Wheldon, and Buddy Rice, who won the pole for season-opening Toyota Indy 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Homeland Favorites: Japanese fans will have plenty to cheer for at Twin Ring Motegi. Two of the three IndyCar Series engine manufacturers, Honda and Toyota, are Japanese-based companies, as are several IndyCar Series sponsors. Three Japanese drivers Kosuke Matsuura, Tora Takagi and Roger Yasukawa are entered in the event.
Pro Series stars graduate: Ed Carpenter and Mark Taylor join 2002 Menards Infiniti Pro Series champion A.J. Foyt IV as full-time drivers in the IndyCar Series. Taylor, who drives for Panther Racing, won the 2003 Menards Infiniti Pro Series title, while Carpenter, who drives for Red Bull Cheever Racing, won the inaugural Freedom 100 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2003.
<pre> SCHEDULE: (all times local; subject to change)
THURSDAY, APRIL 15 Noon-1:30 p.m. IndyCar Series practice (two groups) 2:30 p.m-4 p.m. IndyCar Series practice (two groups)
FRIDAY, APRIL 16 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m. IndyCar Series practice (two groups) 12:30 p.m. IndyCar Series MBNA Pole Qualifying 3:45 p.m.- 4:15 p.m. IndyCar Series warmup
SATURDAY, APRIL 17 11:30 p.m. Indy Japan 300 (200 laps/300 miles), ESPN2 & IMS Radio Network (live)