ROGER YASUKAWA, ...
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
Running Up Front: Yasukawa is a regular up front in the Atlantic series. He has earned three podium finishes including his victory in Milwaukee followed by his third place finish in Toronto and second place finish in Chicago. The Los Angeles native and Atlantic Rookie has finished in the top ten in every event he has competed in. He joined the series in Long Beach, missing the first race of the year in Mexico, but still sits comfortably in the top three in the championship point's standings. Yasukawa is currently ranked third, just seven points behind the series point's leader and Indy Lights graduate John Fogarty. He is the highest ranked of the four 2001 Barber Dodge Pro Series graduates.
Team Member Spotlight: This weeks team member spotlight focuses on mechanic Tom Lutz. This is his second season with Hylton Motorsports; Lutz was a member of the 2001 CART Toyota Atlantic Championship team on the #9 u.s. print/Toyota/Swift driven by Hoover Orsi. Lutz joined Hylton Motorsports from Della Penna Motorsports where he was a mechanic on Memo Gidley's Champ Car in 2000. Lutz has a Marketing/Public Relations degree from the University of Arizona. A native of Long Beach, Lutz is single resides in Huntington Beach, California.
ARTA: Autobacs Racing Team Aguri Project is a development program for young Japanese drivers, founded and managed by Japan's ,most successful Formula One driver, 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. For more information on the project, please visit www.super-aguri.co.jp.
Yasukawa on Toronto: "Toronto is a fantastic race, it is not only a race it is an event and the fans here are terrific. As a driver it is a real honor to come to an event like Toronto, it is very exciting. I like this track, it is a tough track to set up because there are a lot of surface changes and it can be quite bumpy. I have done well here and my team has a good record here so I am sure we will put together a very competitive effort this weekend. We are at the half-way point in the season and I sit just seven points out of the championship lead right now, so it is very important that I stay consistent and earn as many points as possible in order to pick up the championship lead, we will be looking to do that this weekend for sure."