IRL: Texas: SA Fernandez Racing preview

Yasukawa looking forward to Texas debut and first night race Super Aguri Fernandez Racing returns to action this weekend with the Bombardier 500, Round Five of the IRL IndyCar Series. The event marks the first of two visits this season to the ...

Yasukawa looking forward to Texas debut and first night race

Super Aguri Fernandez Racing returns to action this weekend with the Bombardier 500, Round Five of the IRL IndyCar Series. The event marks the first of two visits this season to the super-fast Texas Motor Speedway circuit and the first night race on the 2003 schedule. Located 20 minutes north of Fort Worth, the 1.5-mile oval is noted for its high banking with 24 degrees in the turns and five degrees on the straightaways.

Roger Yasukawa is looking forward to carrying his momentum from the month of May to Texas. The Rookie of the Year points leader claimed his best IRL result to date in the Indianapolis 500 on May 25 with a 10th-place finish. The past few weeks have afforded Yasukawa valuable seat time in the #55 Panasonic ARTA Dallara/Honda/Firestone and the 25 year-old talent is confident this education will benefit him when the green flag drops on Saturday night.

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

"This will be my first time at Texas and my first IRL night race. Having said that, I did do a night race in go-karts before and, while I am sure this will be a lot different, I think it will give me a little bit of an idea of what to expect. This is also my first time on a high-banked track and I'm sure John [Dick, race engineer] and Tom [Anderson, managing director] are going to help me out a lot there. I'm looking forward to it. Finishing the Indy 500 is a big help. I learned a lot about race tactics and I certainly think that the bond between the team is stronger after the month of May. It has really helped my confidence. We were able to test a lot of things, good and bad, and you couldn't really take that risk during a typical race weekend. It gave me a lot more knowledge about the car and also how to set up the car which will be good for the rest of the season. I definitely think we will go to Texas stronger and, hopefully, we will have another good finish."

FAST FACTS: Will be making his fifth career IRL IndyCar Series start-- currently leads Rookie of the Year standings and is 14th in the championship with 58 points-- posted his best result to date this season at the Indianapolis 500, finishing 10th-- 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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