Shigeaki Hattori

Shigeaki "Shige" Hattori (服部 茂章, November 3, 1963) is a Japanese professional race car driver and team owner based in the United States. As a driver, he competed in the CART and IndyCar Series, and the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (now the Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series). He is not related to Naoki Hattori, whom he briefly raced against in CART.

Shigeaki Hattori
NationalityJapanese
Born (1963-11-03) November 3, 1963 (age 57)
Okayama, Okayama
Retired2005
Indy Racing League IndyCar Series
Years active2000–2003
TeamsTreadway-Vertex Cunningham Racing
Bradley Motorsports
A. J. Foyt Enterprises
Starts26
Wins0
Poles0
Best finish13th 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 finish35th (2005)
First race2005 Florida Dodge Dealers 250 (Daytona)
Last race2005 Toyota Tundra 200 (Nashville)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0

As an owner, Hattori owns Hattori Racing Enterprises, which currently competes full-time in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series and the ARCA Menards Series East. HRE also has competed part-time in the Xfinity Series and the ARCA Menards Series in the past. The team has fielded cars for Johnny Sauter, Alex Bowman, Austin Hill, Max McLaughlin, David Garbo Jr., Lee Pulliam, Brett Moffitt, Sergio Pena, Ross Kenseth, Jesse Little,[1] and Ryan Truex. His race team won the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship with Brett Moffitt.

Racing careerEdit

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

Indy LightsEdit

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.

CARTEdit

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.

IRLEdit

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.

NASCAREdit

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.

Team ownershipEdit

 
Hattori Racing Enterprises' 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship-winning truck driven by Brett Moffitt in Japan

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 with driver Brett Moffitt. 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 hosted Ross Kenseth's first Truck start in the No. 18 at the fall Martinsville event.

In 2016, Ryan Truex took over Hattori's Truck ride (renumbered from the No. 18 to the No. 81 due to Kyle Busch Motorsports re-taking that number). After the team gave Truex that chance, he nearly won the season-opening race at Daytona, where he finished second. After that strong run, the team and Truex said they would try to run the full season, which ended up not happening due to sponsorship issues. However, Truex drove part-time for the team in select races for the remainder of the season. The two parties ran the full 2017 season in the renumbered No. 16,[10] but Truex was released prior to the 2018 season.[11]

Moffitt returned to HRE in 2018.[12] Despite sponsorship concerns that threatened to cut their season short,[13] Moffitt and HRE went on to win that year's championship. Nevertheless, troubles with funding resulted in Moffitt's release.[14] Austin Hill would take over the No. 16 in 2019.[15]

Racing recordEdit

American open-wheel racing resultsEdit

(key) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Indy LightsEdit

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

CARTEdit

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
20
LBH
26
NZR
WD
RIO STL
15
MIL
23
POR
28
CLE ROA TOR
23
MIS DET MDO CHI
17
VAN LS
WD
HOU SRF FON 36th 0

IndyCar SeriesEdit

Year Team Chassis No. Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Rank Points
2000 Treadway Racing G-Force 55 Oldsmobile WDW PHX LVS INDY
DNP
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 12 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 5 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 500Edit

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

NASCAREdit

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

Craftsman Truck SeriesEdit

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 NCTC Pts
2004 Germain/Arnold Racing 01 Toyota DAY ATL MAR MFD CLT DOV TEX MEM MLW KAN KEN GTW MCH IRP NSH BRI RCH NHA LVS CAL TEX MAR PHO DAR HOM
DNQ
NA -
2005 9 DAY
34
CAL
30
ATL
27
MAR
DNQ
GTY
27
MFD
36
CLT
34
DOV TEX
35
MCH
27
MLW
DNQ
KAN KEN
24
MEM IRP NSH
35
BRI RCH NHA LVS MAR ATL TEX PHO HOM 35th 703

ReferencesEdit

  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. Archived from the original on 25 March 2016. 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. Archived from the original on 26 November 2015. Retrieved 11 November 2015.
  10. ^ Utter, Jim (January 16, 2017). "Ryan Truex set to run full NASCAR Trucks schedule in 2017". Motorsport.com. Retrieved January 16, 2017.
  11. ^ Utter, Jim (January 4, 2018). "After best season yet, Ryan Truex now looking for a job". Motorsport.com. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
  12. ^ "Brett Moffitt joins Hattori Racing for 2018 NASCAR Truck season". Motorsport.com. Retrieved 2018-02-17.
  13. ^ Crandall, Kelly (August 22, 2018). "Moffitt's Trucks title shot endangered by sponsor hole". Racer. Retrieved August 22, 2020.
  14. ^ Long, Dustin (December 5, 2018). "Hattori Racing to replace Truck champ Brett Moffitt". NBC Sports. Retrieved August 22, 2020.
  15. ^ "Austin Hill, Hattori Racing Enterprises Team for 2019 Truck Season". Frontstretch. Retrieved 2019-01-08.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Mitsuhiro Kinoshita
Formula Toyota Main Series
Champion

1994
Succeeded by
Takahiro Fujita