IRL: Chicagoland: Fernandez Racing race report

Yasukawa posts strong performance in Delphi Indy 300 Roger Yasukawa finished eighth in the Delphi Indy 300 at Chicagoland Speedway this afternoon, parlaying pit strategy and a strong drive at the end of the 200-lap race into his sixth top-10 ...

Yasukawa posts strong performance in Delphi Indy 300

Roger Yasukawa finished eighth in the Delphi Indy 300 at Chicagoland Speedway this afternoon, parlaying pit strategy and a strong drive at the end of the 200-lap race into his sixth top-10 finish of the season. Yasukawa, who started 18th, ran as high as second in the closing stages and challenged fellow Honda driver Bryan Herta for the lead. Unfortunately, contact from Herta, during a three-way battle for the top position with Sam Hornish Jr., sent Yasukawa off the pace. The incident cost him any hope of another shot at the top spot with only three laps remaining. Yasukawa maintains his lead in the Bombardier Rookie of the Year standings, and now has closed to within 24 points of the top 10 in the championship.

The IRL IndyCar Series will return to racing action in two weeks with the Toyota Indy 400, Round 15 of the 16-race schedule, at California Speedway on September 21.

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

"It was an exciting race today. Five or six laps from the end, I thought I had a win, going outside of Bryan [Herta]. Unfortunately, Sam [Hornish Jr.] came from the outside and Bryan couldn't hold his line. He hit me and I had to back off and went sideways. I nearly spun. The Panasonic ARTA crew did a great job on the pit stops and we had a great strategy so it's a little bit disappointing but that's racing. We still have two more races to go, and hopefully we will be able to get our first win."

FAST FACTS:

This was his 14th IRL IndyCar Series start-- leads the Bombardier Rookie of the Year standings-- sits 11th in the championship with 255 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:

"As I have said the past two days, we were right there at the end where I thought we would be after playing with the draft all weekend. On the last [pit] stop, we only had 15 laps to go and we only needed a little bit of fuel. The Firestone tires were running so good this weekend. At the end, we were hit by [Bryan] Herta and we gave a little surprise to [Tomas] Scheckter. I think any one of the top 10 cars could have won the race. The Panasonic ARTA team did a great job and I am happy with Roger's work today."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bryan Herta , Roger Yasukawa , Tom Anderson , Sam Hornish Jr.