Prior to this trip everyone kept mentioning how friendly the fans were in Japan. I believed them – I’ve already seen that at the previous IndyCar races this season. Our fans are passionate, committed and of course, very nice. Motegi is a different experience. For one, it’s a different culture, language, continent and time zone. It’s also the adopted home track for Hideki Mutoh and Takuma Sato – not to mention Roger Yasukawa – and these fans really love these drivers.
There are fans everywhere. When I walk from one location to another, I notice fans around every garage, every team – all decked out in different gear, supporting their favorite. You never know what you’re going to see next.
The fans arrive super early to the track and stay until the very end. They line up around the garages, pit entrance, media center and other locations for their opportunity to grab an autograph from their favorite drivers. There are fans of all ages, dressed in all kinds of stuff. It’s an amazing site.
The fans love IndyCar racing in general. Of course the Japanese drivers Sato and Mutoh have a received a lot of attention, but I’ve noticed all of the IndyCar drivers are swarmed when they try to walk from location to location. There is a big buzz about the track and it’s obvious the Japanese have a real connection to this sport. And they know their stuff.
And like the other fans I’ve met over this season, they are super nice.
I’m wondering what your thoughts are about being an IndyCar fan? What draws you to the sport? Who’s your favorite driver and team? And what race don’t you miss?
We also have more fan pics from Motegi on our Flickr page. You can check them out, HERE.