Shigeaki Hattori

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Shigeaki Hattori
Nationality Japanese
Born (1963-11-03) November 3, 1963 (age 53)
Okayama, Okayama
Retired 2005
Indy Racing League IndyCar Series
Years active 2000–2003
Teams Treadway-Vertex Cunningham Racing
Bradley Motorsports
A. J. Foyt Enterprises
Starts 26
Wins 0
Poles 0
Best finish 13th in 2001
Previous series
1999
1996–1998
1993–1994
CART World Series
Indy Lights
All-Japan Formula Three Championship
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
10 races run over 1 year
Best finish 35th (2005)
First race 2005 Florida Dodge Dealers 250 (Daytona)
Last race 2005 Toyota Tundra 200 (Nashville)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0

Shigeaki Hattori (服部 茂章, November 3, 1963), also called Shige Hattori,[1] is a Japanese professional race car driver and team owner currently based in the United States. He competed in the CART and IndyCar Series, and the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (now the Camping World Truck Series). He is not related to Naoki Hattori, whom he briefly raced against in CART.

He owns Hattori Racing Enterprises, which competes part-time in the ARCA Racing Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and Xfinity Series, and full-time in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. The team has fielded cars for Johnny Sauter, Alex Bowman, David Garbo Jr., Lee Pulliam, Brett Moffitt, Sergio Pena, Ross Kenseth, and Ryan Truex.

Racing career[edit]

Prior to moving to the United States, Hattori won the Formula Toyota championship in 1994.[2]

Indy Lights[edit]

Hattori moved to the United States in 1995,[2] and began competing in the Indy Lights series in 1996 at the age of 32. After finishing 13th and 25th in points in his first two seasons, he scored his first career win in the series in 1996 at the season-opener at Homestead Miami Speedway.[3] He would win two races that season and finish 14th in points.

CART[edit]

Hattori raced for Bettenhausen in CART in 1999, but after he spun the car 18 times in 7 races, he had his CART competition license revoked[4] at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca by chief steward Wally Dallenbach Sr. He started 7 races, with a best finish of 15th at Gateway International Raceway.

IRL[edit]

Hattori raced in the Indy Racing League from 2000 to 2003. His best IRL finish was a 6th at Texas Motor Speedway in 2002 and he finished 13th in IRL points in 2001 for Treadway-Vertex Cunningham Racing. He led a total of 28 laps in his 26 series starts.

NASCAR[edit]

Hattori attempted his first race in the Craftsman Truck Series at the season-finale at Homestead Miami Speedway in 2004, with sponsorship from Aisin AW. He failed to qualify his No. 01 Toyota Tundra.[5]

Hattori was signed to drive the No. 9 Tundra for Germain Racing (then Germain-Arnold Racing) for 2005, his rookie season in the Truck Series, with sponsorship from Aisin AW.[6] He failed to qualify in several races, and was released at the end of the season after competing in 10 events and finishing 35th in series points.

Beginning in 2008, Hattori has fielded entries in NASCAR and ARCA competition under the Hattori Racing Enterprises banner.[7][8][9] On August 18, 2013, he made his debut as a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team owner, fielding the No. 16 Goodyear of Japan Toyota at Michigan International Speedway in the National Guard 200. The team finished 17th. Hattori's team returned in 2014, fielding the 80 in several Nationwide series events. In 2015, the team fielded the No. 18 for Ross Chastain at Michigan, but he failed to qualify after the rain interrupted. Later on, the team will host Ross Kenseth's first Truck start in the No. 18 at the Fall Martinsville event.

In 2016, his team is giving Ryan Truex a chance and nearly won the Daytona race, he came in 2nd and confirmed a full season schedule.

Racing record[edit]

American open-wheel racing results[edit]

(key) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Indy Lights[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Rank Points
1996 Dorricott Racing MIA
9
LBH
DNS
NAZ
10
MIS
19
MIL
6
DET
13
POR
7
CLE
9
TOR
4
TRO
8
VAN
16
LS
14
13th 42
1997 Lucas Place Motorsports MIA LBH
9
NAZ
20
SAV
15
STL
23
MIL
16
DET
24
POR
23
TOR
26
TRO
14
VAN
12
LS
14
FON
18
25th 5
1998 Indy Regency Racing MIA
1
LBH
11
NAZ
14
STL
1
MIL
21
DET
20
POR
18
CLE
21
TOR
16
MIS
20
TRO
16
VAN
13
LS
9
FON
9
14th 52

CART[edit]

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Rank Points
1999 Bettenhausen Racing Reynard 98i Mercedes-Benz IC108E MIA
DNS
MOT
Ret
LBH
Ret
NZR
WD
RIO STL
15
MIL
Ret
POR
Ret
CLE ROA TOR
Ret
MIS DET MDO CHI
17
VAN LS
WD
HOU SRF FON 36th 0

IndyCar Series[edit]

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Rank Points
2000 Treadway-Vertex Cunningham Racing G-Force Oldsmobile WDW PHX LVS INDY TXS
8
PPI
17
ATL
9
KTY
8
TX2
7
22nd 109
2001 Vertex-Cunningham Racing Dallara Oldsmobile PHX
13
HMS
15
ATL
8
INDY
DNQ
TXS
10
PPI
DNS
RIR
14
KAN
8
NSH
7
KTY
7
STL
15
CHI
21
TX2
16
13th 215
2002 Bradley Motorsports Dallara Chevrolet HMS PHX
25
27th 78
Infiniti FON
26
NZR
10
INDY
20
TXS
6
PPI
19
RIR KAN NSH MIS KTY STL CHI TX2
2003 A. J. Foyt Enterprises G-Force Toyota HMS
18
MOT
20
26th 43
Dallara PHX
10
INDY
30
TXS PPI RIR KAN NSH MIS STL KTY NZR CHI FON TX2

Indianapolis 500[edit]

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish
2001 Dallara Oldsmobile DNQ
2002 Dallara Infiniti 27 20
2003 Dallara Toyota 30 30

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Craftsman Truck Series[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Spencer, Lee (July 29, 2015). "East meets West: Jesse Little to run for Hattori Racing". motorsport.com. Retrieved 10 November 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Press Release (October 20, 2015). "Ross Kenseth to Make NASCAR Truck Series Debut at Martinsville Speedway with Hattori Racing Enterprises". Mooresville, North Carolina: Catchfence.com. Retrieved 11 November 2015. 
  3. ^ Henderson, Martin (April 4, 1998). "GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH NOTEBOOK: Costa Mesa's Hattori Bridges the Language Barrier With Speed". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 11 November 2015. 
  4. ^ Henderson, Martin (2000-09-01). "Preparation Pays Off in Kentucky for Gregoire". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-12-23. 
  5. ^ Toyota (November 17, 2004). "Homestead: Toyota preview". motorsport.com. Retrieved 11 November 2015. 
  6. ^ "Shigeaki Hattori". NASCAR. Retrieved 2010-12-23. 
  7. ^ Hattori Racing Enterprises, Germain Racing (February 2, 2009). "Daytona: Hattori Racing Enterprises preview". Mooresville, North Carolina: motorsport.com. Retrieved 11 November 2015. 
  8. ^ "Daytona: Michael Annett preview". Mooresville, North Carolina: motorsport.com, michaelannett.com. February 3, 2009. Retrieved 11 November 2015. 
  9. ^ Automobile Racing Club of America (May 13, 2008). "ARCA: Series Notebook 2008-05-12". motorsport.com. Retrieved 11 November 2015. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Mitsuhiro Kinoshita
Formula Toyota Main Series
Champion

1994
Succeeded by
Takahiro Fujita