Emerson Indy 250 ends early for Yasukawa Roger Yasukawa saw a promising run at Gateway International Raceway come to an early end this afternoon. Yasukawa, who started ninth, was attempting a pass on Greg Ray when he made contact with the Turn...
Emerson Indy 250 ends early for Yasukawa
Roger Yasukawa saw a promising run at Gateway International Raceway come to an early end this afternoon. Yasukawa, who started ninth, was attempting a pass on Greg Ray when he made contact with the Turn Four wall on Lap 90. He was running in 10th position at the time, and was unhurt.
Yasukawa will endeavor to finish what he started next weekend when the IRL IndyCar Series heads to Kentucky Speedway for the Belterra Casino Indy 300 on August 17.
Roger Yasukawa, Driver - #55 Panasonic ARTA Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
"We had a pretty good car and we were doing well until the middle of the race. I was running in 10th and I know we could have finished in the top 10. However, when I tried to pass Greg Ray using the traffic, I got in the dirty air. The car went loose on me and I hit the wall. That was the end of our race. The car was good so I am very disappointed in the result."
This was his 11th IRL IndyCar Series start-- currently leads the Bombardier Rookie of the Year standings and sits 12th in the championship standings with 189 points-- 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, Managing Director:
"It was one of those racing incidents. We had 40 laps on the tires at that point, so it was probably a bit too much of an aggressive move there which caused the problem. It is part of motor racing and hopefully we will do better in Kentucky."