Yasukawa earns maiden Atlantic victory at oval debut. In just his second Atlantic race, Roger Yasukawa earned his first victory. Yasukawa ran strong all weekend and started on the front row, next to his teammate, Ryan Hunter-Reay. Yasukawa and...
Yasukawa earns maiden Atlantic victory at oval debut.
In just his second Atlantic race, Roger Yasukawa earned his first victory. Yasukawa ran strong all weekend and started on the front row, next to his teammate, Ryan Hunter-Reay. Yasukawa and his teammate pulled out a 15 second lead over the rest of the Atlantic field, both rookies making their oval debut. Yet they battled one another for the lead, resembling veterans. Yasukawa took the lead on the 12th lap but was passed by Hunter-Reay on lap 15. He retook the lead on lap 43 when his teammates engine expired and took the checkered flag 27 laps later with a 2.733 second margin of victory. Yasukawa jumped from ninth to fourth in the championship points standings with a total of 29 points. His victory marked the third straight victory for Hylton Motorsports on an oval. Hylton Motorsports scored their first Atlantic victory at The Milwaukee Mile last year. Yasukawa's victory was the sixth for the defending CART Toyota Atlantic Champions.
Roger Yasukawa, #9 Autobacs/u.s. print/Toyota/Swift
Thursday Test: 2nd 25.403 146.250
Friday Morning Practice: 2nd 25.134 147.816
Friday Afternoon Practice: 3rd 25.218 147.323
Saturday Morning Practice: 1st 24.841 149.559
Qualifying: 2nd 24.882 149.313
Warm Up: 6th 25.226 147.277
Best Lap: 9 24.827
Laps Led: 29
Yasukawa on the Race:
"This is a very special victory for me, especially since it is only my second race in the Atlantic series. I am very happy to earn a victory for Autobacs, I really appreciate their continued support. Thanks also to my manager Hiro (Matsushita) who has been a great mentor for me. The Hylton Motorsports team did a fantastic job again this weekend, I had a perfect car. I am very happy to have given them a repeat victory. I really feel bad for my teammate Ryan (Hunter-Reay), he was very fast and I enjoyed racing with him. I was working as hard as I could to conserve my tires because I wanted to make sure I could fight for the victory until the end."