Another podium for Yasukawa, second place finish secures Hylton Motorsports sweep. It was another consistent weekend for Yasukawa, a skill he uses to chip away at the 2002 CART Toyota Atlantic Championship. He ran in the top-five throughout the...
Another podium for Yasukawa, second place finish secures Hylton Motorsports sweep.
It was another consistent weekend for Yasukawa, a skill he uses to chip away at the 2002 CART Toyota Atlantic Championship. He ran in the top-five throughout the weekend and set the fastest time of the weekend in warm-up this morning, giving him the fastest combined time for the event. Yasukawa started the race fifth but worked the traffic demonstrating his skill and consistency as he passed his way through the field. He made his final pass for position on lap 35 when he overtook Michael Valiente for second.
The rest of the afternoon was spent maneuvering his way through lapped traffic and giving it his best to hunt down his teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay for the lead. He was not able to catch the leader, but he did bring home a very solid and impressive second place finish in less than optimal race conditions. With soaring temperatures, the Hylton Motorsports crew feared the stability of the car set-up and tire conditions, but Yasukawa took good care of his car to make sure he would collect as many points as possible in his hunt for the championship. Today marked Yasukawa's third podium finish (he won in Milwaukee and finished third at Laguna Seca), and his sixth top-ten result. He has finished in the top-ten in every race he has competed in (he did not race in Mexico). Yasukawa's result secured Hylton Motorsports' first ever front row sweep, they have scored podium finishes in 14 of the last 18 events.
Yasukawa on the race:
"I did not get as good a start as I would of liked to, but I made up for it through the first part of the race," said Yasukawa. "I got by Michael (Valiante) and set my sights on Ryan (Hunter-Reay), but he was just running too fast for me to catch. We are right in the thick of the points chase even though we missed the first race of the season. I can't be disappointed with how things have gone up to this point for sure."
<pre> Roger Yasukawa, #9 Autobacs/u.s. print/Toyota/Swift
EVENT RESULTS TIME SPEED Mph Saturday Practice 1: 4th 27.320 135.593 Saturday Practice 2: 5th 27.324 135.601 Warm-Up: 1st 26.902 137.700 Combined (After Warm-Up): 1st 26.902 137.700 Qualifying: 5th 27.373 135.330 Started: 5th Race: 2nd Best Lap: 38 27.158 136.402 Highest Race Position: 2nd