IRL: Indy 500: SA Fernandez Racing day nine practice report

Super Aguri Fernandez Racing continued its preparations today for the 87th running of the Indianapolis 500 as practice activities resumed at Indianapolis Motor Speedway following a two-day break. Roger Yasukawa posted the ninth fastest time of the...

Super Aguri Fernandez Racing continued its preparations today for the 87th running of the Indianapolis 500 as practice activities resumed at Indianapolis Motor Speedway following a two-day break. Roger Yasukawa posted the ninth fastest time of the day with a best lap of 226.756 mph (39.6903 seconds) as the team focused on race day setup.

Yasukawa will make his Indianapolis debut in 11th position come race day after a solid qualifying run on Sunday which placed the #55 Panasonic ARTA Dallara/Honda/Firestone in the middle of the fourth row on the grid. He will be flanked by Gil de Ferran and Tomas Scheckter.

Roger Yasukawa, Driver - #55 Panasonic ARTA Dallara/Honda/Firestone:

"We had a very productive day. We did many long runs and mainly we concentrated on the car balance with a full load of fuel. We made some changes that helped the car a lot today, and all that information will be valuable come race day. I am very happy with the progress and we keep doing our program step by step. Hopefully the weather will stay nice for the next couple of days but if not, I know the car is good to race as it is."

FAST FACTS: Will be making his fourth career IRL IndyCar Series start-- currently leads Rookie of the Year standings and is 19th in the championship with 38 points-- began his career at the age of 12 in karts, competing in both the U.S. and Italy before moving up the racing ladder through Formula Vauxhall Junior and Formula Palmer Audi in England, and Formula Dodge competition in the United States-- entered the Barber Dodge Pro Series at the age of 21, earning Co-Rookie of the Year honors-- competed in the Atlantic series last year, claiming a win at Milwaukee and two additional podium finishes in a partial season of competition-- resides in West Hollywood, California.

Tom Anderson, Managing Director:

"I would agree with Roger's comments today -- very productive and some long runs to help work on the durability for race day. I think we will lose some of tomorrow to rain, but all is on schedule and we will start mounting and running in our race tires on Friday."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Gil de Ferran , Roger Yasukawa , Tom Anderson