Yasukawa nets eighth in the Firestone Indy 225. Roger Yasukawa drove the ...
Yasukawa nets eighth in the Firestone Indy 225.
Roger Yasukawa drove the #55 Panasonic ARTA Dallara/Honda/Firestone to an eighth-place finish in the Firestone Indy 225 at Nazareth Speedway this afternoon. Yasukawa, who started 10th, fell from seventh to eighth in the final laps of the race, losing the position to fellow rookie Dan Wheldon who took advantage of significantly fresher tires in the closing stages.
Yasukawa's fifth top-10 result of the season has moved him up to 11th position in the IRL IndyCar Series point standings, and he is now only 26 points outside the top 10. Yasukawa continues to lead the Bombardier Rookie of the Year chase.
Roger Yasukawa, Driver - #55 Panasonic ARTA Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
"Today's race went okay but we could have finished better. Unfortunately, we lost a couple of positions at the end. I was trying hard but the car wasn't with me, so it's something we need to work on. We were able to finish the race and I think that is the most important thing. We will concentrate on the last three races and work hard to get a better result."
FAST FACTS: This was his 13th IRL IndyCar Series start-- currently leads the Bombardier Rookie of the Year standings by 18 points-- sits 11th in the championship with 231 points-- best IRL career start to date was ninth at Gateway International Raceway-- best IRL career finish to date was seventh in Kansas City-- twenty-five years old from Los Angeles-- 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, Team Manager:
"We had a good race today and we were able to pick up good points. I think we may have a good chance of getting into the top 10 [in the championship] before the season is over. As far as the race, we went over 100 laps on the same set of tires towards the end. In looking back, maybe we should have stopped at the same time as Kenny Brack and Dan Weldon [Lap 169]. They had a fresh set of tires at the end of the race and it helped them to get past Roger. It would have been interesting to see what happened if it had stayed green the whole way at the end since we had saved our fuel to go to the end. All and all, we had a good day and we will move on to Chicago in two weeks."