Yasukawa Finishes 11th in Rain-Shortened Richmond Race Roger Yasukawa was one of several drivers hoping to go the distance to the checkered flag this evening in the rain-shortened SunTrust Indy Challenge at Richmond International Raceway.
Yasukawa Finishes 11th in Rain-Shortened Richmond Race
Roger Yasukawa was one of several drivers hoping to go the distance to the checkered flag this evening in the rain-shortened SunTrust Indy Challenge at Richmond International Raceway. Yasukawa, who started 18th* in the #55 Panasonic ARTA Dallara/Honda/Firestone, was working his way toward a top-10 finish when the yellow came out on Lap 198 as rain began to fall. The scheduled 250-lap race was brought to a halt on Lap 206. Yasukawa finished 11th and maintains his lead in the Bombardier Rookie of the Year standings. He is currently 13th in the championship with 112 points.
Super Aguri Fernandez Racing will return to racing action next weekend when the IRL IndyCar Series heads to Kansas Speedway for the Kansas Indy 300 on July 6.
*Gained a position due to Tora Takagi's accident in final practice.
Roger Yasukawa, Driver - #55 Panasonic ARTA Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
"It was a tough race. We knew it was going to be a survival race, but I made a pretty big mistake on my second restart and lost a lot of positions. I feel bad for the crew and John [Dick, race engineer] since they were doing a great job and John gave me a great car. I guess it is part of learning. Richmond was very different from the other speedways we have been to, but I think I learned a lot today and finishing the race was important. We still have a lot of races to go and I will try to do my best in the next one."
FAST FACTS: This was his seventh career IRL IndyCar Series start-- currently leads the Bombardier Rookie of the Year standings-- sits 13th in the championship standings with 112 points-- best IRL career finish to date 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.
Tom Anderson, Managing Director:
"It was very exciting to run Richmond for the first time. Things happened very quickly. Overall, there were a lot of lessons learned and we are making progress. It would have been nice to run the full 250 laps. I think we would have been able to move up one or two positions by the end of the evening. Eleventh is a respectable finish for our first time here. We are looking forward to moving on to our Michigan test [July 1] and to the next race in Kansas City."
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