Richmond: Hideo Fukuyama preview

Hideo Fukuyama to attempt Richmond International Raceway. STATESVILLE, N.C. (April 30, 2003) -- Hideo Fukuyama and the No. 66 Kikkoman Ford Taurus crew are turning their focus to a short-track set-up and qualifying technique for Saturday night's...

Hideo Fukuyama to attempt Richmond International Raceway.

STATESVILLE, N.C. (April 30, 2003) -- Hideo Fukuyama and the No. 66 Kikkoman Ford Taurus crew are turning their focus to a short-track set-up and qualifying technique for Saturday night's Pontiac Excitement 400 at the Richmond (Va.) International Raceway.

From The No. 66 Kikkoman Driver Hideo Fukuyama

You tested at Richmond International Raceway April 23. What did you learn from the test?

"After driving on a short track like Richmond with the unique surface, I was able to realize some of my limitations. I'm going to have to adjust my braking style to handle the corners at this track, since I am used to road course driving. We've chosen to run with the car that I feel has the best traction, so I think we'll be OK there."

What kind of progress do you feel like you're making?

"The next few races are going to be on difficult tracks, so it's going to continue to be hard work for me. The Kikkoman crew is working really hard to get me set up with the best cars, and I want to be able to make all their hard work pay off."

From The No. 66 Kikkoman Crew Chief Gary Cogswell

You are using the same car that you ran in California. What kind of changes will it require to run well at Richmond?

"For Richmond we will have to modify the braking system for maximum braking, larger rotors and pads, additional brake cooling and a different master cylinder system."

What is it going to take for Hideo to qualify at Richmond?

"To qualify at Richmond takes a near perfect lap. The race track allows for no errors or the result will be a crash or a very slow lap. The groove is narrow, and difficult to hit every lap. Hideo will have to work hard to makes those perfect laps."

Are you pleased with the overall progress of the team?

"The race team has grown very nicely, with the addition of more new employees over the last few weeks. Now we will be racing on a more regular basis, allowing our performance to grow, also."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Hideo Fukuyama