TORA TAKAGI DELPHI INDY 300 PREVIEW

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Delphi Indy 300 Pre-Race Notes/Quotes ? September 10-12, 2004
Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet, Ill., 1.5-mile D-shaped asphalt tri-oval
Round 14 of 16 on the 2004 IRL IndyCar Series
Race Distance: 200 Laps/300 Miles
TV: ABC (live) on Sunday, September 12, 1:30 p.m. EDT

- After strong top-10 finishes in Homestead, Phoenix, Motegi, and Texas, Takagi enters the Delphi Indy 300 15th in the driver standings with 212 points.

- Last year at Chicagoland Speedway, Takagi started the race from the 11th position before finishing in ninth place after fighting handling problems.

Tora Takagi on Delphi Indy 300 and Chicagoland Speedway
"We obviously have had a challenging season this year, but I'm looking forward to finishing strong on the remaining three superspeedways. We've typically been more competitive on the larger tracks and are looking to improve upon our performance from last year in Chicago. Chicagoland suits my driving style well, and we look to post a strong result."

CHICAGOLAND SPEEDWAY FAST FACTS
Length: 1.5-mile asphalt D-shaped tri-oval
Frontstraight: 2,400 feet
Backstraight: 1,700 feet
Width: 55 feet
Banking: Frontstraight: 11 degrees; Backstraight: 5
degrees; Turns: 18 degrees
Seating: 75,000
Opened: 2001
First IRL Race: September 2, 2001

2004 RACE SUMMARY
Firestone Indy 225, Nazareth Speedway - August 29 (Round 13 of 16) - Starting from the outside of row 10, the Pioneer team fought through some very warm and humid conditions on the way to a 17th place finish during the last competitive race to be conducted at the Nazareth Speedway.

Honda Indy 225, Pikes Peak International Speedway - August 22 (Round 12 of 16) - After qualifying for the inside of row nine, Takagi and the Pioneer team struggled with mechanical problems early, which eventually forced the team to retire early after lap 101 of 225.

Belterra Casino 300, Kentucky Speedway - August 15 (Round 11 of 16) - After qualifying for the outside of row 10, Takagi struggled to find the speed to make a serious run at the leaders and finished in 20th position.

Michigan Indy 400, Michigan International Speedway - August 1 (Round 10 of 16) - Starting from row 11, Takagi picked up one spot during the early stages of the race before making contact with Tomas Scheckter during the first pit stop. While Takagi battled back, the incident ultimately cost him a couple of laps on the leaders and he finished 20th.

Menards A.J. Foyt Indy 225, The Milwaukee Mile - July 25 (Round 9 of 16) - Takagi started from row nine and retired early on lap 110 due to electrical problems with the No. 12 car.

Firestone Indy 200, Nashville Superspeedway - July 17 (Round 8 of 16) - After two disappointing results in Richmond and Kansas City, Takagi enjoyed a solid 11th place finish under the lights in Nashville during the final night race of the 2004 season.

Argent Mortgage Indy 300, Kansas Speedway - July 4 (Round 7 of 16) - After qualifying for the inside of row 11, Takagi was involved in an accident with Scott Sharp on the first lap of the race. Damages sustained to the front suspension sidelined the No. 12 Pioneer car for the remainder of the race.

SunTrust Indy Challenge, Richmond International Raceway - June 26 (Round 6 of 16) - After posting his best qualifying effort of the 2004 season, Tora Takagi and the Pioneer Mo Nunn Racing team retired the No. 12 car early after completing 157 of the scheduled 250 laps due to poor handling.

Bombardier 500k, Texas Motor Speedway - June 12 (Round 5 of 16) - Takagi qualified 18th and methodically moved his way up through the field to 10th place for his fourth top-10 finish of the season.

Indianapolis 500, Indianapolis Motor Speedway - May 30 (Round 4 of 16) -

After a challenging month of May, Takagi started from the middle of row 9. While steadily improving his position during the early stages of the race, he collected some debris from an accident between two other cars that punctured the floor of his chassis destroying the battery. The Pioneer/Mo Nunn team held the No. 12 car together throughout the remainder of the rain shortened event with Takagi crossing the finish line in 19th place.

Bridgestone Indy Japan 300, Twin Ring Motegi - April 16 (Round 3 of 16) - Battling back from an accident during practice, Takagi capped a grueling weekend in front of his home crowd with a courageous 10th place finish.

Copper World Indy 200, Phoenix International Speedway - March 21 (Round 2 of 16) - Takagi outlasted record high temperatures to score an eighth place finish.

Toyota Indy 300, Homestead Miami Speedway - February 29 (Round 1 of 16) - During the season opener, Takagi charged his No.12 Pioneer/Mo Nunn Racing Toyota powered Dallara through the field from his 16th place qualifying position to claim a strong fourth place finish.

TORA TAKAGI

- The 2004 season marks Takagi?s second year in the IRL IndyCar Series and second year with the Pioneer/Mo Nunn Racing team.

- With support from long-time partners Pioneer, Denso and Toyota, the 30-year-old native of Japan looks to improve upon his solid 2003 rookie performance, which included a fifth place finish at the 87th running of the Indianapolis 500, earning him Bank One Rookie of the Year honors. In 2003, Takagi later expanded upon his success in Indianapolis by finishing third at Texas Motor Speedway and added seven more top-10 finishes on his way to a 10th place finish in the 2003 IndyCar Series Championship. Prior to coming to the United States to further his racing career, Tora ascended the ranks of the Formula Nippon Series and Japanese Formula 3. He became a test driver for the Tyrrell F1 team in 1997 and assumed the lead driving role for that team in 1998 before joining the Arrows F1 team in 1999. In 2000, Tora competed in the Formula Nippon Series, winning eight of 10 races on his way to the series title, prior to joining Walker Racing?s Champ Car effort in 2001 and 2002.

MO NUNN RACING

Mo Nunn Racing, based in Indianapolis, was founded in December of 1999 by Morris Nunn. Nunn is one of the best-known and most successful engineers in Indy car racing history. While serving as the chief technical director for Jimmy Vasser, Alex Zanardi, and Juan Montoya, Nunn engineered four consecutive Indy car championships (1996-1999) while at Target/Chip Ganassi Racing. In addition, Nunn also guided Emerson Fittipaldi to an Indy car championship and an Indy 500 victory in 1989.

Third-year team manager Peter Parrott returns with most of the Pioneer Mo Nunn Racing crew from last year. Don Lambert returns for his fourth year as the crew chief for the Pioneer team.

In other Mo Nunn Racing news, P.J. Chesson will be joined by his brother James in the Menards Infiniti Pro Series Chicagoland 100 scheduled for Saturday, September 11. P.J. looks to continue his winning ways in Chicago after winning the last three consecutive races in Michigan, Kentucky, and Pikes Peak. The race broadcast can be seen on a tape delayed basis on Thursday, September 12 at 1 p.m. (EDT) on ESPN2.

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