St. Louis: Shige Hattori preview

Notes of Interest: Hattori has a victory at Gateway in the Indy Lights Series Shige Hattori is no stranger to Gateway International Raceway. His second PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship Series victory of the 1998 season came on the 1.25 oval...

Notes of Interest: Hattori has a victory at Gateway in the Indy Lights Series

Shige Hattori is no stranger to Gateway International Raceway. His second PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship Series victory of the 1998 season came on the 1.25 oval from his inside row two starting position. The win came on the heals of his first 1998 trip to victory lane at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the Series' season opening event. Hattori has competed twice in the Indy Lights Series, once in CART and twice in IRL races at the track that lies just east of St. Louis MO.

Shige comments on racing at Gateway international raceway:

"We went to St. Louis for testing about a week ago. We had a good test but I had just gotten back from Japan one night before. I was tired which may have affected me some but not enough to make a difference. Chad, my teammate came with us and we worked on the truck and the different lines to run together. He has so much experience in the Truck Series so it was beneficial to have him there. There were five or six trucks there we were able to follow around and I was able to learn some from them as well."

"I've driven at Gateway a few times when I raced in the Cart and Indy Lights Series. I won there in 1998 with an Indy Light Car. I like the track very much. This time it was just a little different, (Hattori said with a smile). Compared to the Indy Lights it is very different. I'm glad we tested because I was able to adjust my driving style to the truck not just from memory from before in the Indy Lights cars. With one day races it is important for me to already have a handle on the track so that I am better prepared for the race. It was disappointing for the team and for me when we did not make the race in Martinsville. We have a great Toyota Tundra race truck for this weekend. I know last years race was an exciting one -- I'm looking forward to this one."

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