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Make NASCAR Truck Debut With Win-Tron Racing at PIR / Nov 5,2014

AVONDALE, Arizona (November 5, 2014) - - Officials from Win-Tron Racing announced today that Japanese racer Akinori Ogata will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) debut in Friday night’s Lucas Oil 150 from Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway.

Ogata will bring longtime support from longtime marketing partner ENEOS, as his NASCAR advancement continues under the watchful eye of Win-Tron Racing. Ogata’s mission is to productively accelerate his learning curve that will allow him to compete in additional races for the Mooresville, North Carolina-based team in 2015.

ENEOS is the brand name for products manufactured and sold by JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corp., the largest oil company in Japan. ENEOS products are the highest quality lubricants available in the marketplace today. These products use advanced additive and base oil technology, the result of joint engineering and research with all of the Japanese automotive manufactures. ENEOS lubricants provide exceptional performance, power and protection for a wide variety of applications including race cars, motorcycles and street automobiles. 

Ogata, a native of Kanagawa, Japan started racing over 27 years ago in his home country of Japan, and through the past three decades, he’s steadily built a resume and recently moved to the United States to set forth his dream of competing in NASCAR.

This year, has competed in three NASCAR K&N Pro Series East races this season, as well as short track races across North Carolina. Since his last K&N race at Iowa Speedway this summer, Ogata turned his concentration towards making his debut in one of NASCAR’s national series.

This weekend, he’ll make that goal a reality in the No. 35 ENEOS Toyota Tundra.

“I’m very excited about making my NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at Phoenix,” said Ogata. “Competing at this level is not going to be an easy task, but I feel that I’m surrounded by great people at Win-Tron Racing.”

He added, “We haven’t set any expectations for the race. We know we’re in the race, but I have a lot to learn. I just want to get familiar with the truck and keep improving with every run we make and (every) lap turned. If we have a good showing at Phoenix, the doors will open for next season that will allow me to continue to expand my (NASCAR) horizons.” Nate Thiesse, co-truck owner of Win-Tron Racing said the team is eager to help Ogata accomplish his goals, but more importantly take the checkered flag in the Lucas Oil 150.

“It’s a pleasure to welcome Akinori and ENEOS to the Win-Tron Racing family,” he said. “This is a huge opportunity for him and all of his supporters. Our goal is to have a productive, respectable race and see the checkered flag on Friday night. If we can do that, we’ve succeeded.” Mark Rette will serve as crew chief for Ogata in the 21st race of the season.

The Lucas Oil 150 (150 miles / 150 laps) is the 21st of 22 races on the 2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule. The event will be televised live on FOX Sports 1, MRN Radio and SiriusXM Satellite Radio Channel 90 on Friday night, November 7 beginning at 8:30 p.m. The green flag is scheduled to drop at approximately 8:48 p.m. All times Eastern.

Follow Win-Tron Racing on Twitter @WinTronRacing or log on to Win-TronRacing.com.

For more on Akinori Ogata, please visit AkinoriOgata.com.

Ogata tweets too, follow him @AkinoriOgata.

About ENEOS:
ENEOS is the corporate brand name of JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation, the largest oil company in Japan.  ENEOS brand motor oil is developed to exceed the highest standards of the automotive industry.  ENEOS product ranges from motor oil that offers optimal performance protection under the most extreme temperature variations, to ecologically friendly motor oil that provides superior fuel saving capacity.  For more information please visit eneos.us.

About Win-Tron Racing:
Located in Mooresville, North Carolina, Win-Tron Racing (Win-TronRacing.com / @WinTronRacing) is the home of one the most potent ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards single-car operations. Owned by former racers Kevin Cywinski and Nate Thiesse, the team since has acquired the assets of County Joe Racing, becoming a favorable fixture on the circuit. Since Win-Tron Racing’s inception in 2007, the team has hosted a variety of drivers including leading drivers James Buescher, Blake Bjorklund, Justin Marks, Matt Merrell and Brandon McReynolds to their first career ARCA victories. In 2014, the team will begin its eighth year of competition with a full-time presence in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.


Attend a 19th Hope Builders 5K Charity event / Oct 16,2014

Akinori Ogata and Akinori Ogata Foundation member will be participating in the 19th Hope Builders 5K Charity event by the Carolina Helthcare Foundation at Uptown Charlotte on Saturday, Oct 18th. We have a booth as Akinori Ogata Foundation with Racecar, giving away Origami crafts and“Hello PANDA”Chocolate snacks sponsored by Meiji.

Location : Campus of Carolina Medical Center
(1000 Blythe Blvd. Charlotte, NC) / 6:30am ~ 9:45am

Akinori Ogata Determined To Bounce Back At Iowa Speedway / July 31,2014

NEWTON, Iowa (July 31, 2014) - - When Akinori Ogata (@AkinoriOgata) decided to start his own NASCAR K&N Pro Series East team this season, he knew that there would be highs and lowa.

Unfortunately, for the driver of the No. 56 ENEOS Toyota Camry, the season has been filled with more disappointments rather than triumphs. But, as the old saying always goes, there’s always light at the end of the tunnel.

Ogata, 40, hopes to see some of the light in Friday night’s Autolite Iridium XP 150 NASCAR K&N Pro Series combination race. For the second time this season, the two series will unite as one and roar under the Iowa Speedway lights.

With over 40 entries pre-entered for a field of 36 cars, Ogata knows the importance of finding the balance of his No. 56 ENEOS Toyota Camry, but also getting ahead of the curve and being prepared to qualify his Akinori Performance entry on time.

“I’m anxious to get (back) to Iowa,” said Ogata. “It’s the place where I have the most experience in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, so I’m hoping that experience will prove to be beneficial this week. It’s important race for us. I’m disappointed that we haven’t been able to give our friends at ENEOS the finishes they deserve, but hopefully that will change this weekend.”

Indeed, the 0.875-mile paved oval of Iowa Speedway is the track where Ogata has turned the most laps in his young NASCAR K&N Pro Series career. In three prior starts, he has a best finish of 20th last year. Furthermore, the Kanagawa, Japan native has been able to solidly earn a starting spot based on his qualification speed for all three events.

“Iowa is one of those place where I was able to catch onto the groove quickly,” added Ogata. “We still have a lot to learn with our No. 56 ENEOS Toyota Camry, but I think my prior experience at Iowa without a doubt will pay dividends this week. You have to be able to carry your momentum at Iowa, but also have the car handling perfectly so you can get the correct arch you want in the corner so that you can carry your speed. It’s a very technical place for a short track, but I love it!”

For Iowa, Steve Bird will take the reins of crew chief for the avid racer. Bird with a long-lasting and impressive resume in NASCAR races has attended the races with Akinori Performance this season, but worked alongside crew chief Dale Quarterly.

“I appreciate all the hard work that Dale (Quarterly) has poured into our program this season, but I’m equally thrilled to work with Steve this weekend,” Ogata said. “Steve has been around our program a lot this season, back in the shop and on the road, so he knows what I’m looking for from our No. 56 ENEOS Toyota Camry, but anyone that been around Steve also knows that he expects a lot from his driver. He’s going to encourage me to drive harder and put our car on the edge, but I wouldn’t expect anything less from that. Hopefully we can have a good run together Friday night and look towards our remaining race(s) this season.”

In addition to ENEOS and new co-partner KBD Group, WPC, MOONEYES and WRD will serve as associate marketing partners for the 12th race of the 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season.

ENEOS is the brand name for products manufactured and sold by JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corp., the largest oil company in Japan. ENEOS products are the highest quality lubricants available in the marketplace today. These products use advanced additive and base oil technology, the result of joint engineering and research with all of the Japanese automotive manufactures. ENEOS lubricants provide exceptional performance, power and protection for a wide variety of applications including race cars, motorcycles and street automobiles.

“We would not be going to Iowa without ENEOS and all of our partners,” remarked Ogata. “I know we haven’t given ENEOS everything that they deserve, but we’re going to push harder than we’ve ever had before and hopefully that mindset will push us to a season-best run.”

Ogata has 11 career NKNPSE starts to his credit. He made his debut in 2012 at Gresham (Ga.) Motorsports Park, the site of his career-best finish of 15th after starting 26th. He also produced a 16th-place effort at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) last year.

The Autolite Iridium XP 150 is set for Friday night August 1 from “America’s Place To Race.” The 150-lap (131.25-mile) feature is scheduled to take the green flag shortly after 8:00 p.m. (local). The race will be tape-delayed on FOX Sports 1 with an air date on Friday, August 8 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern.

For more on Akinori Ogata, please visit AkinoriOgata.com.
Ogata tweets too, follow him @AkinoriOgata.

About ENEOS:
ENEOS is the corporate brand name of JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation, the largest oil company in Japan. ENEOS brand motor oil is developed to exceed the highest standards of the automotive industry. ENEOS product ranges from motor oil that offers optimal performance protection under the most extreme temperature variations, to ecologically friendly motor oil that provides superior fuel saving capacity. For more information please visit ENEOS Web site

Updated (8/2/2014) : Akinori Ogata finished 30th in the Autolite Iridium 150


More To Prove For Akinori Ogata at New Hampshire Motor Speedway / July 9,2014

LONDON, New Hampshire (July 9, 2014) - - In his young NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) career, ENEOS Racing driver Akinori Ogata (@AkinoriOgata) considers New Hampshire Motor Speedway one of his favorite tracks on the tour.

On Friday evening in the running of the Granite State 100, he wants to show why. Again.

Last year, Ogata, 40, climbed from his 30th place starting position to record his career-best finish on the K&N Pro Series East tour, taking the checkered flag in 16th on the lead lap.

“I have good memories of New Hampshire,” offered Ogata, driver of the No. 56 ENEOS Toyota Camry. “We didn’t start the weekend like we wanted to, but I drove hard and great work by our team brought a good finish for us and ENEOS.”

Ogata is aiming to make his third career-start at the 1.058-mile slightly-banked asphalt oval, making the flat track one of his most familiar places on the KNKPSE tour.

In his eyes too, the 10th race on the 2014 schedule couldn’t come at a better time for Ogata and his team.

Akinori Performance has run two races this season and while both races showed promise of yielding a good finish, bad luck struck them and instead brought disappointment. On Friday, however, Ogata wants to turn his season around and deliver another strong finish for sponsor ENEOS.

“ENEOS has stuck with us through some tough times this season,” Ogata added. “That’s important to me, because they believe in me and our race team. We’ve made some progress, but there is still work to done and I’m determined to duplicate, if not better our run in the No. 56 ENEOS Toyota Camry on Friday night.”

For the third time this season, Ogata, now a North Carolina native is looking forward to working with crew chief Dale Quarterly. Since joining the team at the beginning of the year, Ogata describes how he’s built his confidence behind the wheel, but also made him feel more comfortable behind the wheel.

“Dale has been so instrumental to me and our small team’s little successes this year,” Ogata sounded. “We didn’t make the race at Bristol, but since then we’ve worked hard to better our race team and slowly, we’ve made steady progress. This weekend, we hope to keep going in the right direction.
“Of course, Richmond and Five Flags didn’t pan out as well as we hoped, but we’ve been able to take some experience away from both of those places and while the tracks are completely different from themselves and even New Hampshire, I’m really excited about racing on Friday night.”
In addition to ENEOS, WPC, MOONEYES and WRD will serve as associate marketing partners for the 10th race of the 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season.

ENEOS is the brand name for products manufactured and sold by JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corp., the largest oil company in Japan. ENEOS products are the highest quality lubricants available in the marketplace today. These products use advanced additive and base oil technology, the result of joint engineering and research with all of the Japanese automotive manufactures. ENEOS lubricants provide exceptional performance, power and protection for a wide variety of applications including race cars, motorcycles and street automobiles.

Ogata has 11 career NKNPSE starts to his credit. He made his debut in 2012 at Gresham (Ga.) Motorsports Park, the site of his career-best finish of 15th after starting 26th. He also produced a 16th-place effort at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) last year.

The Granite State 100 is set for Friday, July 11 from “The Magic Mile.” The 100-lap (105.8-mile) feature is scheduled to take the green flag shortly after 6:00 p.m. The race will be tape-delayed on FOX Sports 1 with an air date on Sunday, July 20 at 12:00 p.m. All times Eastern.

For more on Akinori Ogata, please visit AkinoriOgata.com.
Ogata tweets too, follow him @AkinoriOgata.

About ENEOS:
ENEOS is the corporate brand name of JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation, the largest oil company in Japan. ENEOS brand motor oil is developed to exceed the highest standards of the automotive industry. ENEOS product ranges from motor oil that offers optimal performance protection under the most extreme temperature variations, to ecologically friendly motor oil that provides superior fuel saving capacity. For more information please visit ENEOS Web site


Akinori Sets Sights On Pensacola’s Five Flags Speedway / June 12,2014

PENSOCOLA, Florida (June 12, 2014) - - Akinori Ogata (@AkinoriOgata) heads to the historic Five Flags (Fla.) Speedway this week for the running of the Pensacola 150 in search of a solid performance under the lights in his No. 56 ENEOS Toyota Camry.

Ogata, 40, made his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) start of the season in April at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. After qualifying into the 37-car starting field, Ogata’s respectable run was halted by a mid-race incident.

Since then, Ogata and his Akinori Performance team have rebuilt their chassis and head south this week from North Carolina with an optimistic outlook and approach.

“We made some progress at Richmond, but unfortunately, our day didn’t end well,” said Ogata. “We’ve took our time putting the car back together so we could go to Five Flags this weekend and be competitive with our No. 56 ENEOS Toyota Camry.”

With 10 NKPSE starts to his credit, Ogata hopes his 11th career start and first in Pensacola will attract a positive run that will lift his team with some momentum into a summer stretch of racing.

“I’ve never been to Five Flags, but that doesn’t really concern me,” Ogata mentioned. “It’s about having a good car and team behind you. We’ll work on our No. 56 ENEOS Toyota Camry during practice and hope to make it better for qualifying and the race. Even though I’ve never been to the track, my approach is similar to any other short track race, race hard and avoid trouble.

“The more laps I turned at Richmond, the better we were as a team. I know the tracks are totally different, but from my standpoint, you take a lot of that knowledge about how far you can push the car, yourself and try to apply it to the next race. Everyone at ENEOS, not to mention all of our sponsors deserve a good showing, so we’re going to (try) give 110 percent.”

While his approach is realistic, the Kanagawa, Japan native knows that he’ll need to rely on his crew led by veteran racer Dale Quarterly in order to help make it a reality.

“Richmond was our first race together and I thought it went good,” sounded Ogata. “We worked on our communication and the changes he made to our No. 56 ENEOS Toyota Camry responded with our lap times on the track. It’s our intent to keep going in the right direction on Friday and have a smart, productive race day.”

In addition to ENEOS, WPC, MOONEYES and WRD will serve as associate marketing partners for the eighth race of the 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season.

ENEOS is the brand name for products manufactured and sold by JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corp., the largest oil company in Japan. ENEOS products are the highest quality lubricants available in the marketplace today. These products use advanced additive and base oil technology, the result of joint engineering and research with all of the Japanese automotive manufactures. ENEOS lubricants provide exceptional performance, power and protection for a wide variety of applications including race cars, motorcycles and street automobiles.

Ogata has 10 career NKNPSE starts to his credit. He made his debut in 2012 at Gresham (Ga.) Motorsports Park, the site of his career-best finish of 15th after starting 26th. He also produced a 16th-place effort at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) last year.

The Pensacola 150 is set for Friday, June 13 from the home of “The Snowball Derby.” The 150-lap (75-mile) feature is scheduled to take the green flag shortly after 10:00 p.m. The race will be tape-delayed on FOX Sports 1 with a soon-to-be released air date. All times Eastern.

Ogata tweets too, follow him @AkinoriOgata.

About ENEOS:
ENEOS is the corporate brand name of JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation, the largest oil company in Japan. ENEOS brand motor oil is developed to exceed the highest standards of the automotive industry. ENEOS product ranges from motor oil that offers optimal performance protection under the most extreme temperature variations, to ecologically friendly motor oil that provides superior fuel saving capacity. For more information please visit ENEOS Web site


After Bristol Learning Experience; Akinori Focuses on Richmond / April 24,2014

RICHMOND, Virginia (April 24, 2014) - - While Akinori Ogata’s (@AkinoriOgata) first race on the 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East tour didn’t turn out as planned, it wasn’t all for not.

Ogata, 40 failed to qualify for the PittLite 125 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway last month, but the experience and feedback he engulfed then should play a pivotal role as he attempts to make Friday night’s Blue Ox 100 at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway.

“Bristol was disappointing, because we showed we had some speed, but qualifying didn’t go as we would have hoped,” recalled Ogata. “However, despite the misfortune, the amount of information I gathered not only on the track, but from behind the scenes with the ENEOS/Akinori Performance team gives us some motivation and confidence for Richmond.”

Speaking of Richmond, even though Ogata has never seen the 0.758-mile track before, he’s been in this same predicament before and has risen above the challenge and made those races. Though the Kanagawa, Japan native knows it won’t be easy.

“In a way this race is going to be similar to Bristol,” he said. “There’s a lot of cars entered and only so many spots, so we have to get a lot of track time and dial in our No. 56 ENEOS Toyota Camry. From practice, we can make changes and (hopefully) get ourselves into the show and then focus on the race.

“If everything goes according to plan, our goal is to finish the race and see the checkered flag. We’re running a limited schedule, so every lap is critical in making our Akinori Performance team better. We just have to give 100 percent and hope that our hard work pays off.”

For Richmond, veteran racer Dale Quarterly will serve as crew chief. Ogata notes that Quarterly’s passion for racing makes him a perfect fit to lead his team.

“I’m learning a lot, there’s no mistake about that, but Dale (Quarterly) has been very patient with me and I think he’ll be a good coach and crew chief for me,” sounded the Troutman, North Carolina resident. “Most of all, he’s helping me with my communication and feedback, because of the language barrier, but we’re making progress and that’s important.”

In addition to ENEOS, WPC, WINMAX, MOONEYES and WRD will serve as associate marketing partners for the fifth race of the 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season.

Ogata has nine career NKNPSE starts to his credit. He made his debut in 2012 at Gresham (Ga.) Motorsports Park, the site of his career-best finish of 15th after starting 26th. He also produced a 16th-place effort at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) last year.

The Blue Ox 100 is set for Friday, April 25 from the “America’s Premier Short Track” The 100-lap feature will commence shortly upon the conclusion of the NASCAR Nationwide Series’ ToyotaCare 250. The race will be tape-delayed on FOX Sports 1 with an air date of Friday, May 2 at 4:30 p.m. (Eastern).

Ogata tweets too, follow him @AkinoriOgata.

ENEOS : www.ENEOS.us




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