IRL: Pikes Peak: SA Fernandez race report

Strong run for Yasukawa ends six laps shy Roger Yasukawa finished a disappointing 17th despite a strong run this afternoon in the Honda Indy 225 at Pikes Peak International Raceway. Yasukawa, who started 11th, was running in sixth position with...

Strong run for Yasukawa ends six laps shy

Roger Yasukawa finished a disappointing 17th despite a strong run this afternoon in the Honda Indy 225 at Pikes Peak International Raceway. Yasukawa, who started 11th, was running in sixth position with just six laps remaining when something broke in the rear wing of his #55 Panasonic ARTA Dallara/Honda/Firestone, dislodging the wing and sending Yasukawa into the wall. He was unhurt. Yasukawa maintains his 13th position in the point standings and his lead in the Bombardier Rookie of the Year chase.

The next stop for Super Aguri Fernandez Racing is the SunTrust Indy Challenge at Richmond International Raceway on June 28 -- the second of three night races on the 2003 schedule.

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

"The rear wing suddenly fell off. I lost all grip at the straight and hit the wall. It was unfortunate for the whole team since we were having a great race and we were sure that we would be finishing in the top six. I guess it was one of those days. We just need to keep working hard. I would like to thank the Panasonic ARTA crew for the great pit work and all the hard work this weekend. Even though the results are bad, I had a lot of fun out there so it was a good learning experience for me."

FAST FACTS:

This was his sixth career IRL IndyCar Series start-- sits 13th in the championship with 93 points and leads the Bombardier Rookie of the Year standings-- best IRL career finish was ninth at Texas Motor Speedway-- best IRL career start was 10th at Homestead and Phoenix-- 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.

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