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Akinori Ogata make to Xfinity debut at Phoenix / Nov 1,2018

(November 1, 2018) -- MOORESVILLE, N.C. - Akinori Ogata is prepared to make his NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) debut in the penultimate race of the season next weekend at ISM (Ariz.) Raceway in the Nov. 10 running of the Whelen Trusted to Perform 200.

Ogata will drive the No. 66 Toyota Camry for Motorsports Business Management (MBM).

The Kanagawa, Japan native is set to embrace his first career Xfinity Series starts after competing in eight NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) races, including one prior start at Phoenix in 2014 driving for Win-Tron Racing.

The 45-year-old Ogata also has a prior relationship with MBM Motorsports team principal Carl Long. In 2013, Long was instrumental into Ogata's progression in Late Model competition at Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Speedway.

"I'm very thankful to take this next stage of my career and compete in the NASCAR Xfinity Series next weekend at Phoenix," said Ogata. "I have worked very hard for this opportunity and plan to maximize this chance with MBM Motorsports."

Ogata's efforts at Phoenix will be supported by Fort Wayne, Ind.-based SEAVAC, a supplier of PVD coatings and other surface technologies for the 200-lap race.

"Without the support of SEAVAC this weekend would not be possible," sounded Ogata. "I've run one NASCAR national series race this year at the beginning of the season at Atlanta Motor Speedway and while I qualified well, I didn't have the finish I was hoping for.

"I'm hoping that my prior experience at Phoenix will help with my transition to an Xfinity Series car. Our goals are modest, and I believe if I'm able to take the green flag and see the checkered flag, we would have accomplished our goals.

"SEAVAC is going to be a part of my racing endeavors in 2019, so a good effort will offer some momentum into the offseason."

Akinori Ogata competition at Atlanta / Feb 22,2018

(February 22, 2018) -- HAMPTON, Ga. - Veteran racer Akinori Ogata returns to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) trail this weekend at Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway driving the No. 63 MB Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado for Saturday afternoon's Active Pest Control 200 benefiting Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

The Kanagawa, Japan native is set to embrace his seventh career NCWTS start and first since an appearance at Atlanta's fast 1.5-mile speedway last March.

"I'm very thankful to be competing back in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series," said Ogata who resides in Mooresville, N.C.

"I'm grateful to be back with Mike Mittler and MB Motorsports and look forward to a solid outing on Saturday afternoon."

Motorsports veteran Rick Ren will serve as crew chief for the second Truck Series race of the season.

Four of Ogata's career Truck Series starts have come for the St. Louis-based MB Motorsports. His career best Truck Series finish also came with the mainstay organization at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) in his team debut in 2015.

Rewinding back to Atlanta last year, the 44-year-old drove for Beaver Motorsports, started 32nd but finished 30th after exiting the event due to an oil leak. This year, Ogata has high hopes for a better result.

"Even though I didn't have the chance to run the entire race, the track time at Atlanta was priceless," he explained. "It's a very sensitive track because of its worn surface. I'm relying on my team and crew chief to help me get into a comfortable and competitive rhythm, so we can make some gains during the race and have a solid finish."

Ogata's efforts this weekend at Atlanta will be supported by Nisshinbo.

Nisshinbo Automotive Manufacturing Inc. (NAMI) is part of the Nisshinbo Group, consisting of 59 subsidiaries and 40 affiliates worldwide. Nisshinbo was established in 1907, when it was producing yarns and threads.

In the 1940s, Nisshinbo was called upon to manufacture automotive friction materials and developed a process using woven fabric embedded with friction material. As the automobile has evolved, so have Nisshinbo brakes and friction materials to serve diverse applications in the global transportation market. Nisshinbo continues the evolution with a library of more than one thousand different recipes, each specific to customer applications.

North American operations are dedicated facilities serving OEM transportation manufacturers in the NAFTA market. NAMI is Nisshinbo's state-of-the-art facility located in Covington, Georgia.

Additionally, SEAVAC, a supplier of PVD coatings and other surface technologies will serve as an associate marketing partner for the 130-lap race.

"I'm very grateful to have Nisshinbo and SEAVAC support me this weekend at Atlanta," sounded Ogata. "We didn't have the best result last year at Atlanta and I owe to both of them to see the checkered flag on Saturday afternoon to express my appreciation."

Ogata began his racing career in Japanese Motocross at age 14. After a decade of riding that included around 30 feature victories, he shifted to Dirt Midget Car racing, becoming a winning driver at Twin Ring Motegi.

Ogata's assimilation to American racing began in 2003, driving Late Model Stock Cars at North Carolina's Hickory Motor Speedway. He continued in Late Models after moving to the United States in 2010 and later graduated to the NASCAR's K&N Pro Series East, where he competed in 12 races over three years, scoring five top-20 finishes.

Since graduating from the K&N Pro Series East, Ogata has competed in at least one Truck Series race since 2014.

Ogata's vehicle, equipment worth over $80K stolen / Dec 21,2016
Akinori Ogata, a driver with five Camping World Truck Series starts, had a truck and trailer holding a Legend race car and equipment stolen early Monday morning in Mooresville, North Carolina, according to FOX 46 in Charlotte

The Legend car is raced by his son. Ogata, a native of Kanagawa, Japan, came to the United States in 2010 to pursue a racing career.
The truck is a white Ford F-350, which was connected to a 28-foot white trailer. In the trailer was his son’s No. 14 Legends car.

“It’s very sad. I came here six years ago from Japan with nothing. No equipment, no friends,” Ogata told Fox 46 “That was gone in just a few minutes. We cannot race so we are very disappointed.”

Without his trailer, Ogata is unable to move the cars that are still in his shop, including the No. 35 Truck he made his first Truck Series start with in 2014 at Phoenix International Raceway.

Anyone with information about the stolen truck, trailer and car can call the Mooresville police at 704-664-3311.


Akinori Ogata, ENEOS Reunite with MB Motorsports for NASCAR Truck Series Race in New Hampshire / Sep 20,2016

(September 20, 2016) -- Kanagawa, Japan’s Akinori Ogata will compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race this Saturday, Sept. 24, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The event marks Ogata’s fifth career Truck Series start and takes place at the mile-long track on which he scored his career-best 18th-place finish last year. Ogata’s longtime sponsor, ENEOS, will adorn the No. 63 Chevrolet Silverado.

ENEOS, Japan’s largest oil company, first partnered with Ogata in 2012 in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series.

In his return to the Truck Series, Ogata reunites with Mike Mittler’s MB Motorsports, for whom he drove three races last season. Mittler’s trucks, with partner Mayhew Tools, have competed in 16 races this season with seven different drivers.

Ogata began his racing career in Japanese Motocross at age 14. After a decade of riding that included around 30 feature victories, he shifted to Dirt Midget Car racing, becoming a winning driver at Twin Ring Motegi.

His assimilation to American racing began in 2003, driving Late Model Stock Cars at North Carolina’s Hickory Motor Speedway. He continued in Late Models after moving tothe United States in 2010, and later graduated to the NASCAR’s K&N Pro Series East, where he competed in 12 races over three years, scoring five top-20 finishes.

About MB Motorsports
MB Motorsports fields the No. 63 Chevrolet Silverado in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Owned by Mike Mittler, the team has participated in every Truck Series season since the series’ inception in 1995 and has fielded entries for drivers Brad Keselowski, Carl Edwards and Jamie McMurray, among others. The team is headquartered in Wright City, Mo.