IRL: Chicagoland: Fernandez Racing qualifying report

Yasukawa ready for strong run in Delphi Indy 300 Roger Yasukawa will line up on the ninth row of a tight grid for tomorrow's Delphi Indy 300 at Chicagoland Speedway. Yasukawa's best lap of 24.9707 seconds (219.139 mph) was 18th quickest in MBNA...

Yasukawa ready for strong run in Delphi Indy 300

Roger Yasukawa will line up on the ninth row of a tight grid for tomorrow's Delphi Indy 300 at Chicagoland Speedway. Yasukawa's best lap of 24.9707 seconds (219.139 mph) was 18th quickest in MBNA Pole Qualifying this afternoon, 0.4501 seconds off the pole time set by Richie Hearn. The entire field is covered by just over six-tenths of a second.

After focusing on race setup the past two days, Yasukawa was pleased with the handling of his #55 Panasonic ARTA Dallara/Honda/Firestone, particularly in the draft, and is looking forward to tomorrow's 200-lap/300-mile race on the fast 1.5-mile oval. Yasukawa recorded his career best IRL IndyCar Series finish to date on a 1.5-mile circuit, charging from a 14-place starting position to claim seventh at Kansas Speedway in July.

The Delphi Indy 300, Round 14 of the 16-race schedule, will be broadcast live on ABC beginning at 2:00 pm ET Sunday.

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

"Our qualifying time was obviously not ideal for the team or myself but we didn't concentrate on the qualifying setup at all knowing that the race setup is going to be very important for us this weekend. I think our car will be very strong in the race and, although we are starting 18th, I have no doubt that we are capable of finishing in the top five."

FAST FACTS:

Will be making his 14th IRL IndyCar Series start-- leads the Bombardier Rookie of the Year standings-- sits 11th in the championship with 231 points-- best IRL career start to date was ninth at Gateway International Raceway-- best IRL career finish to date was seventh in Kansas City-- twenty-five years old from Los Angeles-- 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.

Tom Anderson, Managing Director:

"We are not surprised with today's qualifying result. We have been working on race setup and drafting, and obviously there is no one to draft with in qualifying. We ran exactly the same car we are going to run tomorrow as far as the setup, and I know we ran two-tenths [of a second] faster this morning. We were able to make the car comfortable for Roger in the draft. We knew we were going to give away a little bit in qualifying and I am not disappointed because we plan to move up tomorrow."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Roger Yasukawa , Tom Anderson