[Dear fellow participants of the "Media Roadster 4 Hours Endurance Race" at Tsukuba]
Hello, it’s Morizo from Rookie Racing.
I heard that this year’s race will have a different format, reduced to a 2.5-hour race without refueling.
As such, similar to last year, the race will still require driving that prioritizes fuel efficiency.
When participating a year ago, the Morizo team showed our ability to patiently drive paying attention to fuel-efficiency.
The strategy we employed was successful as, at the very end, we were able to pass Mazda's "Jinba ittai" (unity of horse and rider), or "Works" team to take 2nd place.
Passing the "Jinba ittai" team and jumping to 2nd place will always be a cherished moment for us.
However, this year...
I’m sorry but we will not be participating.
Please allow me to explain -- there are two primary reasons.
First, we heard that our rival from last year, "Jinba ittai", that we were anxious to compete with again will not be present.
The other reason is because given the choice [between two different racing events on the same day and not having a competitor at one of them], I lean towards being able to fully use the accelerator. Therefore, I decided to participate in the race at Fuji International Speedway instead of Tsukuba.
(The Fuji SUPER TEC 24 Hours Race is being held at the Fuji International Speedway on the same day as the "Media Roadster 4 Hours Endurance Race" at Tsukuba.)
The Fuji International Speedway race will have a lot of time, so I go and fully use the accelerator without any reserve.
However, although the basic principle is different (acceleration vs fuel efficiency), similar to the broader idea of racing shared by both events, I will do my best to enjoy the race without forgetting to "drive beautifully."
Today, let’s "drive beautifully" with each other and I’d like to say: "Be a driver!"