Yasukawa to start 10th in Firestone Indy 225. Roger Yasukawa qualified the ...
Yasukawa to start 10th in Firestone Indy 225.
Roger Yasukawa qualified the #55 Panasonic ARTA Dallara/Honda/Firestone in 10th position on the grid for tomorrow's Firestone Indy 225 at Nazareth Speedway. Yasukawa's lap of 20.0483 seconds (167.895 mph) was just .3850 seconds off the pole winning time set by Scott Dixon.
Yasukawa will be looking to improve on his career-best IRL IndyCar Series finish to date of seventh when the green flag drops for tomorrow's 225-lap sprint. Round 13 of the 16-race schedule marks the last one-mile oval event for the series this season.
The Firestone Indy 225 will be broadcast live on ESPN beginning at 3:00 pm ET tomorrow.
Roger Yasukawa, Driver - #55 Panasonic ARTA Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
"I am pretty happy with qualifying and 10th position. We have a good car for the race and that is the most important thing. We hope to have a good result tomorrow."
FAST FACTS: Will be making his 13th IRL IndyCar Series start-- currently leads the Bombardier Rookie of the Year standings by 20 points-- sits 12th in the championship with 207 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:
"I am happy with our qualifying result; top ten is always good. We were to be the fourth car to go out in qualifying, but we decided to drop from the line and go for one lap as we thought the track conditions would be better later in the session even though the ambient temperature was rising. We put more pressure on Roger but he held up well and did a good job. I'm looking forward to the race."