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Myrtle Beach 400 was rained out November 19,2012 

Myrtle Beach 400(MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.) November 19, 2012 – Akinori Ogata's last race of this season with the ENEOS Motor Oil Toyota Camry was going to be the Myrtle Beach 400 at Myrtle Beach Speedway in South carolina on November 17,18th, However the race has been postponed to March 22nd Friday and 23rd Saturday due to rain. Akinori will race in the NASCAR Late Model Stock class in the March race information will be updated.

Akinori hosted a Japan Tsunami Recovery Charity event Oct 21,2012 

Charity event(MOORESVILLE, N.C.) October 21, 2012 – Akinori Ogata hosted a charity event to raise funds for Japan Eqrthquake and Tsunami recovery Cahrity event a local go cart facility(The Pit Indoor Kart Racing) that includes Laser tag, Miniture Golf and Rock climbing was choosen as Ogata wanted to have many families from Mooresville and the surrounding areas to attend the event. There were also various Japanese cultural booths includes Aikido and Kendo demonstrations by local martial arts clubs, presentations about the affected area in Japan by a local high school students who visited and helped after the disaster, and craft sale hand made by many volunteers. " It was so nice to see many people shown interest in Japan and donate. Over 400 people attended the event. I really appreciate all of the volunteers and corporate sponsors who helped to make this event." Said Ogata. With corporate sponsors, admission, silent auctions and crafts sale, over $7,000.00 was donated to disaster relief in Japan. Ogata look forward to hosting many more charity events such as in the future.

Late race accident ends race early for Akinori Ogata at Iowa Aug 5,2012 

#49 ENEOS TOYOTA(NEWTON, IOWA) August 5, 2012 – After making some big gains during the second half of the Pork Be Inspired 150, Akinori Ogata was caught up in a late race melee, ending his day on the 132nd lap. The adjustments made during the halfway break by the ENEOS MOTOR OIL No. 49 team really helped Akinori as he was able to advance towards the front of the field. Unfortunately, the accident left Ogata with a 31st place finish.

“I’m really happy with my MacDonald Motorsports team and the adjustments made by my crew chief Dave Fuge,” explained Akinori. “They found an oil leak during the half-way break and were able to get it fixed in just 8 minutes and get me back out for the second half of the race. I really have to thank ENEOS MOTOR OIL as well for all of their support. I wish we could have brought them home a better finish but at least we had a strong car.”
On lap 132, a few cars got together ahead of Akinori, leaving him no where to go. The damage from the accident ended the race for the ENEOS MOTOR OIL No. 49 team.

Broadecast Schedule
This NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES race in Pork Be Inspired 150 IOWA SPEEDWAY will be aired on SPEED CHANNEL August 16.

AKINORI OGATA,#49 ENEOS MOTOR OIL IOWA SPEEDWAY PREVIEW Aug 2,2012 

(MOORESVILE, NORTH CAROLINA) July 31, 2012 – Akinori Ogata returns to the seat of the ENEOS Motor Oil No. 49 Toyota this Friday night at Iowa Speedway. The Pork Be Inspired 150 will mark Akinori’s third start for MacDonald Motorsports this season and will take the green flag Friday, August 3rd at 8PM EST.
Akinori will be driving the same ENEOS Motor Oil No. 49 Toyota that he raced previsously this season at Langley Speedway. Iowa will be the first time Ogata has raced his K&N Pro Series car on a track larger than ½ mile.

“I’m really excited to get back in the ENEOS Motor Oil No. 49 for MacDonald Motorsports this Friday night at Iowa,” explained Ogata. “Iowa is a much faster track than I have been on before in the K&N car so it will be a new challenge for me. I really have to thank ENEOS Motor Oil for getting behind me and MacDonald Motorsports for the opportunity to drive their racecar.”

Dave Fuge comes on board this weekend as the interim crew chief for Akinori and his ENEOS Motor Oil No. 49 Toyota. Fuge is a long time crew chief in all of the top-three series of NASCAR with a wealth of knowledge. Dave won back-to-back Championships in the NASCAR Truck Series in 2002 and 2003 with Mike Bliss and Travis Kvapil behind the wheel.

Earlier this season, Akinori made his first starts in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series at Gresham Motorsports Park and Langley Speedway, finishing 15th and 20th respecitvely. Now with a lot more laps under his belt, Ogata and his MacDonald Motorsports team will be looking to improve on those finishes this weekend in Iowa.

It has been great working with Akinori over the last few months,” stated car owner, Jeni MacDonald. “He is a great guy and really fun to be around. It’s been very nice working with ENEOS as well. They are great people and I hope we can put on a good race for them this Friday night.”

The Pork Be Inspired 150 from Iowa Speedway will take the green flag this Friday, August 3rd, at approximately 8PM EST. Fans in the area for the Nationwide race on Saturday night should definitely get out to the track on Friday as well to cheer on Akinori and the ENEOS Motor Oil No. 49 Toyota team.

Finish 20th at Langley Speedway in #49 ENEOS MOTOR OIL June 24,2012 

#49 ENEOS TOYOTA(HAMPTON, VIRGINIA) June 24, 2012 – Akinori Ogata made his 2nd career start in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series Saturday night for MacDonald Motorsports. After recording a 15th place run at Gresham Motorsports Park a few weeks back, Akinori drove his ENEOS Motor Oil No. 49 Toyota to a 20th place finish at Langley Speedway.

“We worked really hard on the racecar all day and made some major changes during practice to get the car the way Akinori wanted it,” explained crew chief Mark Durgin. “Unfortunately we sustained some damage on the third lap and we couldn’t get his ENEOS Motor Oil No. 49 back how it was during practice.”

The 20th place run for Ogata puts the MacDonald Motorsports No. 49 in a three way tie for 12th in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East owners standings.

Comment of Akinori Ogata:
It was a really tough day for me on the flat track at Langley Speedway.After spinning out several times during the race, and not able to get the car started after one of the spins, I dropped laps behind and had to leave the race. However, the chance to compete in two K&N Pro Series races has allowed me to better understand the problems I'm having with the race car. As a result, I will be able to prepare better for the next race.I truly appreciate my sponsor ENEOS, my crew members, who did a great job, and my fans.

Akinori heads to Langley in the ENEOS TOYOTA June 20,2012 

#49 ENEOS TOYOTA(MOORESVILE, NORTH CAROLINA) June 19, 2012 – Following a top-15 run in his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race with MacDonald Motorsports at Gresham two weeks ago, Akinori Ogata heads to Langley Speedway for the Visit Hampton, Virginia 175 this Saturday in his ENEOS Motor Oil No. 49 Toyota with high hopes.  After proving he belongs racing in NASCAR, Akinori is hoping for another strong run this weekend and possibly even a top-10 finish.

“Akinori did an excellent job last time out for us at Gresham and I’m excited to see how we run this weekend,” said Randy MacDonald, team owner.  “It has been great working with Akinori and ENEOS Motor Oil and I really hope we can have a strong run this weekend for them.”
Last race at Gresham, Akinori fought hard all race long to bring home a top-15 finish on the lead lap for his team.  Not many drivers can say they did that in their first K&N Pro Series start.  As Ogata and the team continue to work together, the team hopes the impressive runs can continue.

If you are in the Langley area, be sure to come out to the track and support Akinori, ENEOS Motor Oil, and MacDonald Motorsports this Saturday night.  The Visit Hampton, VA 175 will take the green flag at 8:30PM EST.

Comment of Akinori Ogata:
After finishing the race at Gresham 2 weeks ago with MacDonald Motorsports, I convinced myself that we will be able to compete at the NASCAR K&N Pro Series. It will be my first run with ENEOS MOTOR OIL- TOYOTA this weekend at Langley. I hope to be able to have a great run. I’m looking forward to it.

Top-15 First NKNPS race atGMP in #49 KAJIMA USA Dodge June 14,2012 

#49 Kajima Dodge(JEFFERSON, GA) June 10, 2012 – Akinori Ogata proved he belongs in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series Saturday night at Gresham Motorsports Park with an excellent drive. The 38 year-old Japanese driver battled a long, hard race to bring home a top-15 in his first start in the K&N Pro Series driving the Kajima USA No. 49 Dodge for MacDonald Motorsports.

“Akinori did an excellent job for us tonight, explained Randy MacDonald (team owner). “For his first race in the car and with our team, I couldn’t be happier. Even with the damage from a late race accident, the team kept pushing and we were able to get a top-15 and finish on the lead lap.”

“A lap 126 accident knocked the toe out and damaged the right front fender, said crew chief Mark Durgin. “The car wasn’t very good after that but the team just kept working and we were able to put together a pretty decent finish. I’m happy with the progress Akinori and the team made this weekend and looking forward to Langley in a couple weeks.”

The next race for MacDonald Motorsports and Ogata will be Saturday, June 23rd from Langley Speedway in Virginia. The Visit Hampton, VA 175 will take the green flag at pproximately 8:00pm EST.

Comment of Ogata:
As this way my first NKNPSE race, I was nervous at the start of the morning practice.Even though I could npt get to speed as I had wanted during practice, I was able to secure the 26th starting spot with my qualifying run, I was able to settle down and calmly start the race. Even though there were several incidents on the track, I was fortunate enough to avoid them. but, on lap 126, I received damage on my ender in an accident, but was able to make repairs during the caution period and return on the lead lap, where I was able to complete the 150lap race. Due to the diligent efforts of my crew at GMP, I became confident that I could race competitvely in the future. I am looking to langley Speedway in two weeks.

Ogata completes a race while fighting an ill-handling car June 8,2012 

#49 Kajima Dodge(Mooresville, North Carolina) June 8, 2012 --- Akinori Ogata, driver of Akinori Performance, #81 TOTO USA /STAND WITH JAPAN raced in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Race late model stock race held at Hickory Motor Speedway on June 2, 2012. This was the first race for Akinori Performance with new crew members. Even though they attempted to set up the car during practice, they could even not get up to their usual speed for qualifying, and had to start in the rear. The race was divided into 2 heats. In the first heat, the car that he was attempting to pass lost control and he hit the car, damaging his hood. He continued to race without being able to see the right front, and completed the race in 14th position. They set up the car for the second heat based on the conditions of the first heat. Passing several cars, he ran in the top 10 for some time but was spun by a nudge from the following car. After the restart, he attempted to charge to the front, but received the checkered flag in 13th place as he could not get up to speed. Ogata stated that “As this was the first race with new members, the team will continue to work closely to improve the handling of the car and return to racing”.

Akinori makes debut with Kajima USA to NASCAR K&N Pro Series. June 3,2012 

Akinori Ogata will participate in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series-East (NKNPSE) race "Slack Auto Parts 150" which will be held on June 9, 2012 at Gresham Motorsports Park located in Jefferson, Georgia. His main sponsor for this event will be Kajima Building & Design Group (KBD) which is headquartered at Atlanta. KBD had sponsored machines driven by Akinori for two events during the last half of the 2011 season. The Gresham Motorsports Park event becomes the Akinori's first experience in NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES.

Akinori signs with ENEOS MOTOR OIL Apr 14,2012 

ENEOS MOTOR OILAkinori Ogata, driver of AKINORI PERFORMANCE, LLC, has signed a contract with JX Nippon Oil& Energy Corp. To spread the ENEOS MOTOR OIL brand in United State, JX Nippon Oil& Energy Corp. will start participating in the 2012 NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES-EAST from the event which will be held VisitHamptonVA 175 at Langley Speedway on June 23, while preparing to participate in the NASCAR Nationwide Series later in the season. He will be driving cars fielded by MacDonald Motorsports. Randy MacDonald, the owner, has participated in the NASCAR national series including the Cup series as a driver, and has vast experience. Akinori will be driving the Toyota Camry in the NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES-EAST

Participate in "REMEMBER JAPAN" Fund Raise event Feb 18,2012 

Slickcart event reportSompo Japan Insurance Company of America holds a "REMEMBER JAPAN"1st Annual Golf Tournament fund raise event in April 10,2012. All funds raised will be donated to the Japan Society "Japan Earthquake Relief Fund." Akinori Ogata participates in this event and displays the his racecar in the event place. Akinori Ogata and his race car continue carrys a message means cheer to Japan disaster area during this race season .



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