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Japanese track special for Brack

April 11, 2003

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— The Twin Ring Motegi holds a special place for Kenny Brack.

"It was this site of my first win with team Rahal back in 2001," he said.

Brack will join Michael Andretti and Sam Hornish Jr. in a strong field Sunday for the inaugural Indy Japan 300, the third stop of the IndyCar series.

Sunday's race will mark the international debut for the IndyCar series. Japan is the only IndyCar race this season that will be held outside the United States.

"We can run pretty close and I think the Indy cars will be great for the Japanese fans to see," Brack said. "We can run pretty close and the racing should be tremendous."

Practice is today, with qualifying Saturday.

Brazil's Tony Kanaan won the Purex Dial Indy 200 last month in Phoenix. Brack was fifth in Phoenix and is seventh in the 2003 IRL IndyCar series points.

Two-time champion Hornish is coming off a 21st-place finish in Phoenix. Andretti, who joined the IRL this season, was 13th in Phoenix. He plans to retire after the May 25 Indy 500, and Sunday will be his last race in Japan.

Andretti teammate Dario Franchitti will miss Sunday's race after injuring his back in a motorcycle accident.

"This is the first time in 19 years of racing that I've missed an event due to injury," he said.

Rookie Dan Wheldon, a test driver for Andretti Green, will take Franchitti's place, joining Andretti and Kanaan. All four drivers are entered in the Indy 500, the next race on the IRL schedule after Japan.

Japanese auto manufacturers Honda and Toyota supply engines for the IndyCar series and Honda, which built the 1.5-mile Twin Ring Motegi.

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