FORMULA DREAM DRIVER MUTOH FINISHED 17TH IN THE KENTUCKY INDY 300 AT KENTUCKY SPEEDWAY Hideki Mutoh, No. 06 Formula Dream/Panasonic Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "It was a tough race; I struggled at the beginning again and lost many positions. We...
FORMULA DREAM DRIVER MUTOH FINISHED 17TH IN THE KENTUCKY INDY 300 AT KENTUCKY SPEEDWAY
Hideki Mutoh, No. 06 Formula Dream/Panasonic Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "It was a tough race; I struggled at the beginning again and lost many positions. We made a big change overnight. I trust the team on the change but I needed time to adapt to the new balance. It took me a while to get the right balance with the tools inside the car. On the second pit stop we adjusted the front wing and it was a good change. After that I was able to work on the car even more with my tools and I think the balance was pretty good but unfortunately we were one lap down so I let the top guys by. Seventeenth place was not what we were expecting but at least we finished the race and we have data to check to improve on for Motegi. I'm looking forward to racing at home again."
FAST FACTS: Was his third IICS event here and fourth overall.JHe qualified fifth and finished 17th...In 2007, he won the Firestone Indy Lights race here from pole after leading 66/67 laps. The win was one of two that season en route to a runner-up finish in the series to Alex Lloyd. In 2008, he started 4th and retired in 18th place due to mechanical failure. In 2009 he started 11th based on point standings due to "weepers" and finished 13th...His highest overall series start is THIRD at Nashville Speedway (oval) and best overall series finish is SECOND (Iowa 2008).
Next Up -- Japan... The series will take next weekend off while the racing equipment is transported to Tokyo, Japan and on to the 1.5-mile oval at Twin Ring Motegi. Graham Rahal qualified fifth and finished third in Japan last year while Oriol Servia qualified seventh and finished fourth for the team. It will be Hideki's first race there with NHR and third overall. In 2008 he qualified ninth and finished 11th and in 2009 he crashed during qualifying and started 22nd and finished 14th. In total the team has earned 1 WIN (Mi. Andretti 2000), and 3 PODIUMS (3rd- Rahal 2009, Fittipaldi 1999) in SIX races here.J