Friday, 16 September 2011 03:34
An earthquake registering magnitude 6.2, centred about 137 miles east of Tokyo, was felt at Twin Ring Motegi and Mito, where many teams are head-quartered for the Indy Japan, struck about 17h00 local time on Thursday the 15th of September.
"Just a little shaking to keep us all awake," Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing driver Graham Rahal said.
"Interesting to sit in your hotel room and see your TV walk across the desk," added Andretti Autosport's Ryan Hunter-Reay.
No damage to the 2.983-mile race course, on which IZOD IndyCar Series drivers will compete Sept. 18, was reported. Twin Ring Motegi is 86 miles north of Tokyo.
Japan's Meteorological Agency said such tremors are common following the March 11 earthquake and subsequent tsunami that left almost 20,000 people dead or missing across the north-eastern coast.