IRL: Chicagoland: SA Fernandez Racing Friday report

Yasukawa optimistic after day one at Chicagoland Speedway. The IRL IndyCar Series took to the track today for two practice sessions in preparation for Sunday's Delphi Indy 300. Roger Yasukawa posted a best lap of 24.8739 seconds (219.990 mph) ...

Yasukawa optimistic after day one at Chicagoland Speedway.

The IRL IndyCar Series took to the track today for two practice sessions in preparation for Sunday's Delphi Indy 300. Roger Yasukawa posted a best lap of 24.8739 seconds (219.990 mph) around the 1.5-mile oval of Chicagoland Speedway, four-tenths of a second off the fastest time of the day set by Tomas Scheckter. The team is working to improve the handling of the #55 Panasonic ARTA Dallara/Honda/Firestone in the draft, and will continue to focus its efforts on the setup for race day.

Super Aguri Fernandez Racing will have one additional practice session tomorrow morning before MBNA Pole Qualifying gets underway at 5:30 pm ET. 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:

"Today's practice went okay. We tested the different setups from when we were here two weeks ago. The speed is picking up but we need to work on the car more in the traffic. I think we will be able to do well in qualifying tomorrow and in the race."

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:

"The first day of work here at Chicagoland showed many of the areas we will need to work on to be successful on Sunday. The race is all about drafting with the other cars and not being held up by slower cars. The track is wide and you must be able to run high and low lines. Today we were not as comfortable in the draft as we need to be hence the slow practice time. I think Roger and John [Dick, race engineer] will have a better car tomorrow and improve on both lines for the draft. Qualifying could be slow for us but this is okay as we will be working on the draft with the Panasonic ARTA car in practice tomorrow and not on qualifying. I am confident we will have a good result for the race."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Roger Yasukawa , Tom Anderson