Hideki Mutoh

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Hideki Mutoh
Hideki Mutoh 2010 Indy 500 Pole Day.JPG
Hideki Mutoh at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2010.
Nationality Japan Japanese
Born (1982-10-06) October 6, 1982 (age 31)
Tokyo
2014 Super GT GT300
Debut season 2011
Current team Team Mugen
Car no. 16
Starts 5
Wins 0
Previous series
2003–2004
2006
2007
2008-2011
2006, 2010
Japan Formula 3
Formula Nippon
Indy Pro Series
IndyCar Series
Super GT GT500
Championship titles
2002 Formula Dream Champion
Awards
2008 IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year

Hideki Mutoh (武藤 英紀 Mutō Hideki?, born October 6, 1982) is a Japanese race car driver from Tokyo currently racing in Super GT.

Career[edit]

History[edit]

He began karting at age 12 in 1996 and quickly moved through the ranks, becoming a part of Honda's Formula Dream Project. He moved to Europe in 1998 to compete in Formula Vauxhall. He then moved on to the Formula Ford European Championship and competed in the Formula Ford Festival, finishing seventh in 2000 and third in 2001. He then moved back to Asia to compete in Asian Formula 2000 and Formula Dream, where he finished second in his rookie season. He won the Formula Dream championship in his second year in 2002. Mutoh then moved to Japan Formula 3, finishing 9th and third in his two seasons there. In 2006, he drove in Formula Nippon and Super GT 500–class.

2007[edit]

In 2007, Autobacs Racing Team Aguri (ARTA) announced that Mutoh had been signed to drive their new entry in the Indy Pro Series in a car prepared by Panther Racing, who had last competed in IPS in 2003, winning the championship with driver Mark Taylor. Mutoh captured his first win in Liberty Challenge Race 1 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course on United States Grand Prix weekend.

On September 9, Mutoh made his Indy Racing League IndyCar Series debut with Panther Racing at Chicagoland Speedway in the Peak Antifreeze Indy 300 in the one-off entry #60 car, sponsored by the Formula Dream Project. Mutoh finished 8th and clocked the fastest lap of the race. On October 31, 2007 it was announced Mutoh would replace 2007 IndyCar Series champion Dario Franchitti at Andretti Green Racing in the team's full-time #27 IndyCar for 2008.[1]

Mutoh practicing for the 2008 Indianapolis 500.

2008[edit]

Mutoh at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2009.

Mutoh made his debut for Andretti Green Racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway in March and in May was the highest qualifying rookie for the 2008 Indianapolis 500. He finished 7th in the race, the second best finishing position for a Japanese driver in the history of the race.

Mutoh scored his best finish of his IndyCar Series career in June at the Iowa Speedway, finishing second to Dan Wheldon, setting a new mark for best IndyCar finish by a Japanese driver, surpassing the 3rd place of Tora Takagi at Texas Motor Speedway in 2003. He failed to finish higher than 6th in the remainder of the season, but beat transitional driver Justin Wilson to the Rookie of the Year title and 10th place overall in the series.

2010[edit]

Mutoh announced he will participate in the 2010 season with Newman/Haas Racing on his official website.

2011[edit]

Mutoh has been announced as an Aguri Suzuki Honda driver in the Super GT series in Japan for 2011, alongside Takashi Kobayashi.[2]

On September 1, Mutoh confirmed he would be part of the 2011 Indy Japan: The Final race at Motegi to drive No. 17 for Sam Schmidt Motorsports/AFS Racing.[3] Mutoh finished 19th on the lead lap.

Motorsports career results[edit]

Complete Formula Nippon/Super Formula results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 DC Points
2006 Nakajima Racing FUJ
19
SUZ
6
MOT
8
SUZ
Ret
AUT
17
FUJ
16
SUG
10
MOT
10
SUZ
Ret
14th 1
2011 Real Racing SUZ AUT FUJ MOT
10
SUZ SUG MOT1
Ret
MOT2
9
15th 0
2013 Docomo Team Dandelion Racing SUZ
13
AUT
Ret
FUJ
13
MOT
12
SUG
10
SUZ1
12
SUZ2
10
NC 0
2014 Docomo Team Dandelion Racing SUZ
10
FUJ1
FUJ2
FUJ
MOT
AUT
SUG
SUZ1
SUZ2
NC* 0*

* Season in progress.

Complete Super GT results[edit]

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 DC Pts
2006 Nakajima Racing Honda NSX GT500 SUZ
15
OKA
Ret
FUJ
7
SEP
9
SUG
5
SUZ
4
MOT
8
AUT
12
FUJ
1
11th 51
2011 Autobacs Racing Team Aguri Honda HSV-010 GT GT500 OKA
9
FUJ
12
SEP
9
SUG
10
SUZ
9
FUJ
14
AUT
12
MOT
13
15th 7
2012 Team Mugen Honda CR-Z GT300 OKA
FUJ
SEP
SUG
16
SUZ
11
FUJ
3
AUT
10
MOT
11
15th 12
2013 Team Mugen Honda CR-Z GT300 OKA
7
FUJ
2
SEP
2
SUG
2
SUZ
5
FUJ
8
FUJ
1
AUT
9
MOT
2
1st 85
2014 Team Kunimitsu Honda NSX-GT GT500 OKA
9
FUJ
Ret
AUT
6
SUG
11
FUJ
SUZ
BUR
MOT
15th* 7*

* Season in progress

American open–wheel racing results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

Indy Lights[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Rank Points
2007 Super Aguri Panther Racing United States
HMS
3
United States
STP1
2
United States
STP2
4
United States
INDY
5
United States
MIL
Ret
United States
IMS1
1
United States
IMS2
3
United States
IOW
3
United States
WGL1
2
United States
WGL2
6
United States
NSH
6
United States
MDO
5
United States
KTY
1
United States
SNM1
19
United States
SNM2
10
United States
CHI
2nd 481

IndyCar Series[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Rank Points
2007 Panther Racing United States
HMS
United States
STP
Japan
MOT
United States
KAN
United States
INDY
United States
MIL
United States
TXS
United States
IOW
United States
RIR
United States
WGL
United States
NSH
United States
MDO
United States
MIS
United States
KTY
United States
SNM
United States
DET
United States
CHI
8
25th 24
2008 Andretti Green Racing United States
HMS
24
United States
STP
6
Japan
MOT1
11
United States
LBH1
DNP
United States
KAN
6
United States
INDY
7
United States
MIL
12
United States
TXS
6
United States
IOW
2
United States
RIR
13
United States
WGL
9
United States
NSH
14
United States
MDO
9
Canada
EDM
27
United States
KTY
18
United States
SNM
13
United States
DET
11
United States
CHI
22
Australia
SRF2
8
10th 346
2009 Andretti Green Racing United States
STP
15
United States
LBH
20
United States
KAN
8
United States
INDY
10
United States
MIL
8
United States
TXS
21
United States
IOW
3
United States
RIR
4
United States
WGL
18
Canada
TOR
12
Canada
EDM
14
United States
KTY
13
United States
MDO
5
United States
SNM
5
United States
CHI
23
Japan
MOT
14
United States
HMS
6
11th 353
2010 Newman/Haas Racing Brazil
SAO
20
United States
STP
14
United States
ALA
15
United States
LBH
13
United States
KAN
23
United States
INDY
28
United States
TXS
12
United States
IOW
20
United States
WGL
12
Canada
TOR
12
Canada
EDM
17
United States
MDO
18
United States
SNM
17
United States
CHI
13
United States
KTY
17
Japan
MOT
14
United States
HMS
20
18th 250
2011 Sam Schmidt Motorsports
AFS Racing
United States
STP
United States
ALA
United States
LBH
Brazil
SAO
United States
INDY
United States
TXS1
United States
TXS2
United States
MIL
United States
IOW
Canada
TOR
Canada
EDM
United States
MDO
United States
NHM
United States
SNM
United States
BAL
Japan
MOT
18
United States
KTY
United States
LVS
42nd* 12*
* 2011 season in progress.
1 Run on same day.
2 Non-points race.
Years Teams Races Poles Wins Podiums
(Non-win)**
Top 10s
(Non-podium)***
Indianapolis 500
Wins
Championships
5 4 54 0 0 2 15 0 0
** Podium (Non-win) indicates 2nd or 3rd place finishes.
*** Top 10s (Non-podium) indicates 4th through 10th place finishes.

Indianapolis 500[edit]

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team Note
2008 Dallara Honda 9 7 Andretti Green Fastest rookie qualifier
2nd best rookie finisher
2009 Dallara Honda 16 10 Andretti Green Completed every lap
2010 Dallara Honda 9 28 Newman/Haas Racing Completed 76 laps

References[edit]

  1. ^ Freeman, Glenn. Mutoh confirmed at AGR for 2008, Autosport.com, October 31, 2007
  2. ^ Beer, Matt. Mutoh returns to Japan in GT move, Autosport.com, February 7, 2011
  3. ^ Hideki Mutoh To Drive No. 17 AFS/SSM Entry at Motegi

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Ryan Hunter-Reay
IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year
2008
Succeeded by
Raphael Matos