Chicago: Roger Yasukawa preview


ROGER YASUKAWA, #9 Autobacs/u.s. print/Toyota/Swift
Atlantic Season: 1
Best Atlantic Start: 2 (Milwaukee)
Best Atlantic Finish: 1 (Milwaukee)
Points Standings: 3

Mid-Season Re-Cap: Yasukawa currently sits third in the 2002 CART Toyota Atlantic Series points standings, just 10 points behind series points leader and Indy Lights graduate John Fogarty. Yasukawa joined Hylton Motorsports in March from the CART Barber Dodge Pro Series, and has finished in the top eight in every Atlantic event he has contested, including a victory at Milwaukee. He started 12th and finished 7th at his first Atlantic event in Long Beach. He followed that up with a victory in Milwaukee and another podium finish at Laguna Seca when he finished third. Yasukawa is four for four as he recorded his fourth top ten finish in his fourth Atlantic event at Portland International Raceway when he finished eighth.

ARTA: Autobacs Racing Team Aguri Project is a development program for young Japanese drivers, founded and managed by former Formula One star Aguri Suzuki. The program, which focuses on management, sponsorship and mentoring, is sponsored by Autobacs, Japan's largest chain of automotive superstores. Nine drivers currently represent the program in a variety of series, including Formula Nippon, the Japanese GT series, French F3, German F3, Karting and the CART Toyota Atlantic Series. Yasukawa is the first driver to compete in the United States as a representative of the ARTA project. Japan's most successful driver in Formula One history, and ARTA project founder Aguri Suzuki will be at the CART Grand Prix this weekend. For more information on the project, please visit

Mastering the Oval: Yasukawa joined the ranks of Atlantic race winners last month, when he won at the Milwaukee Mile. It was just his second Atlantic event and first on an oval. Yasukawa ran up front all weekend and took the green flag from the front row beside his teammate and pole sitter Ryan Hunter-Reay to complete the first-ever front row sweep in for Hylton Motorsports. Yasukawa led two laps early in the race and led the final 27 laps victoriously to the checkered flag.

Mentor Program: Hylton Motorsports will host Barber Dodge Pro Series standout AJ Allmendinger as part of the CART Mentor Program this weekend at Chicago Motor Speedway. Allmendinger has had a very successful season thus far and was chosen along with fellow BDPS driver Marc Breures by CART to participate in the program. Allmendinger will spend the weekend shadowing team and drivers. The program will give Allmendinger and inside look at the defending Atlantic Championship team and he will attend all team functions, meetings and driver appearances.

Yasukawa on Chicago: "I am definitely looking forward to this weekend's challenge at Chicago Motor Speedway, especially after my win in Milwaukee. Chicago is a different style of oval, but my team has had very good cars there in the past and together I am confident we will develop a good set-up and defend the team's victory from last year with the new Swift 014.a. I am 10 points out of first place in the championship, it would be great to close that gap with another victory this weekend."


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Series Atlantic
Drivers Roger Yasukawa , Aguri Suzuki
Teams ART Grand Prix