Mutoh Makes Last Lap Three-Wide Pass For Kentucky 100 Victory Japanese Driver Saves Best For Last; Collects First Oval Win SPARTA, Ky. (August 11, 2007) -- Hideki Mutoh led all but one lap of the Kentucky 100 Saturday night en route to ...
Mutoh Makes Last Lap Three-Wide Pass For Kentucky 100 Victory
Japanese Driver Saves Best For Last; Collects First Oval Win
SPARTA, Ky. (August 11, 2007) -- Hideki Mutoh led all but one lap of the Kentucky 100 Saturday night en route to victory, but it took a dramatic three-wide pass on the final lap of the race for the Super Aguri Panther Racing driver to collect his first career win on an oval track.
It was a battle all night for Mutoh, who spent the majority of the opening laps fighting off a hungry Wade Cunningham, and then endured a long yellow period before the final three-lap shootout. Hideki kept Cunningham and Alex Lloyd behind him on the final restart, but fell behind both drivers in the middle of the back straight on the last lap.
Mutoh kept his foot in the gas and put No. 55 car on the bottom of the track entering the third turn, and was able to power past both drivers for Panther Racing's ninth career Indy Pro Series victory. His first win of the year came in the first race of the Liberty Challenge at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where Mutoh started on pole and led every lap en route to victory.
Now Hideki prepares for an IndyCar Series test next week at Chicagoland Speedway, where the Japanese driver will make his ICS debut at the end of the year.
"That was oval racing. It was a tough race, but I believed in my car and I believed in my team. This win means quite a lot to me. It's my first win on an oval track and that makes it very special for me. I'm excited about my debut in a big (IndyCar Series) car at Chicagoland. I have a test there next week and I want to do my best."