July 24, 2011
Racing fans from here to Japan
By JACKIE L. LARSON, Special to QMI Agency
EDMONTON - Among the dozens of journalists reporting from Edmonton Indy’s media centre Sunday, one Japanese journalist and longtime Indy attendee saw parallels between racing fans here and in the land of the rising sun.
Masahiko Amano writes for Racing on, a glossy motorsports magazine based in Tokyo.
“I was surprised at the size of the city. It’s small, but a lot of people come out to the race. Friday, even with the rain, I saw a lot of people. They were …” Amano said, searching for the right English word, “enthusiastic.”
Amano said he sees similarities between racing fans in Edmonton and Japan.
“Enthusiastic. That’s what I think Japanese fans are. Don’t get me wrong, but American people are not used to racing in the rain,” he said. “In Japan, if it rains, still we have the race.”
Accompanied by a photographer, Amano covers motorsports events around the globe. When the earthquake struck the Tokyo native’s homeland earlier this year for example, he was in Cleveland, Ohio.
He has been to Edmonton Indy for all seven years, and Amano still likes what he sees.
“That big turn at the grandstand is impressive. The track is very nice; Turn One and Turn 13, those are very exciting,” he said. “The parking right now is miserable, but everything else is great.”