Akinori Ogata (尾形 明紀 Ogata Akinori, born 14 August 1973) is a Japanese professional stock car racing driver. He currently competes part-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, driving the No. 66 Toyota Camry for MBM Motorsports, and part-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, driving the No. 63 Chevrolet Silverado for MB Motorsports.
Ogata in 2011
|Born||14 August 1973|
|NASCAR Xfinity Series career|
|1 race run over 1 year|
|Car no., team||No. 66 (MBM Motorsports)|
|Best finish||79th (2018)|
|First race||2018 Whelen Trusted to Perform 200 (Phoenix)|
|NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series career|
|7 races run over 5 years|
|Truck no., team||No. 63 (MB Motorsports)|
|Best finish||48th (2015)|
|First race||2014 Lucas Oil 150 (Phoenix)|
|Last race||2018 Active Pest Control 200 (Atlanta)|
|Statistics current as of 17 November 2018.|
Ogata started motocross racing in Japan in 1987, winning 30 feature races. He eventually switched to dirt track racing, racing Midgets, and won at Twin Ring Motegi. In 2003, Ogata started racing in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock, and has participated in races at Concord Motorsports Park. In 2009, Ogata signed a deal with ENEOS to sponsor his Whelen All-American Series ride, the company's first NASCAR sponsorship.
K&N Pro SeriesEdit
Ogata made his K&N Pro Series East debut in 2012 in Jennifer McDonald's No. 49 Dodge at Gresham Motorsports Park, finishing 15th. He competed in three more events with McDonald during the year, this time in a Toyota, crashing in two of them. In 2013, Ogata ran with Sherry Kuykendall's No. 44 and Ronald Faison's No. 39, three of which were with the former, and failed to qualify in the No. 44 at Dover International Speedway. The following year, Ogata competed as an owner/driver in the No. 56 Toyota with Dale Quarterly as crew chief, qualifying in three of five races, but only finished the race at Iowa Speedway.
Camping World Truck SeriesEdit
On 5 November 2014, Win-Tron Racing announced Ogata would make his Camping World Truck Series debut with the team in the No. 35 Toyota, racing in the Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway; this also marked his first career race at Phoenix. After qualifying 28th with a lap time of 28.388 seconds and a speed of 126.814 miles per hour (204.087 km/h), Ogata finished 29th after his rear gear broke on lap 45. Partnering with MB Motorsports for 2015, Ogata ran three races, scoring his first top twenty finish (18th). His only race in 2016 was with MB, but after a crash with Josh Wise early in the UNOH 175, Ogata finished 31st.
On October 31, 2018, Ogata announced his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut, which would come nearly two weeks later in the Whelen Trusted to Perform 200 at ISM Raceway, driving the No. 66 Toyota Camry for MBM Motorsports.
On December 21, 2016, a thief broke into Ogata's garage, stealing his pickup truck as well as a Legends car for Ogata's son, Ryo. The value of the items taken was around US $80,000.
Motorsports career resultsEdit
(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)
|NASCAR Xfinity Series results|
Camping World Truck SeriesEdit
|NASCAR Camping World Truck Series results|
* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points
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- "Akinori Ogata 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2016-12-23.
- "Trucks Begin 'The Chase' at Loudon". The Daily Voice. Retrieved 2016-12-23.
- "Akinori Ogata to make XFINITY debut at Phoenix". Jayski's Silly Season Site. ESPN. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
- FOX. "NASCAR driver's vehicle, equipment worth over $80K stolen". WJZY. Retrieved 2016-12-23.