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Yasukawa second quickest in opening day at Toyota Indy 400 Roger Yasukawa wrapped up his first day at California Speedway near the top of the time charts, posting the second fastest time overall as opening practice was underway for Sunday's...

Yasukawa second quickest in opening day at Toyota Indy 400

Roger Yasukawa wrapped up his first day at California Speedway near the top of the time charts, posting the second fastest time overall as opening practice was underway for Sunday's Toyota Indy 400. Yasukawa's best lap of 32.0528 seconds (224.629 mph) was the quickest of the afternoon practice session, just 0.0290 seconds off the fastest time of the day posted by fellow Honda driver Tony Kanaan in the morning outing.

The IRL IndyCar Series will take to track tomorrow morning for a final practice session prior to MBNA Pole Qualifying which begins at 11:00 am PT. Yasukawa, who expressed confidence heading into this weekend's 200-lap/400-mile race after strong on-track performances in the past two events, will be looking to keep up the momentum tomorrow.

The Toyota Indy 400 will be broadcast live on ABC beginning at 3:30 pm ET this Sunday.

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

"We had a very good day today. We ended up second quickest overall and quickest this afternoon. The track was a little different than what I thought. The bump on the back straight is a lot bigger than when we were here during Test in the West. The Panasonic ARTA crew did a great job in preparing the car and my engineer, John Dick, gave me a fantastic car. We will still need to fine tune the car a lot more for the race, but as for now we are happy with the progress."

FAST FACTS: Will be making his 15th 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 at Kansas Speedway-- 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 had a good practice today, getting used to the hot weather and doing a lot of scrubbing with our race tires because the temperature on Sunday is supposed to be very warm. We had a good run this afternoon. We got everything just right with the new tires in a simulated qualifying run so we are pretty pleased with that. Firestone has a very good tire here and the Honda motor is very good here this weekend. We're very pleased with the work that Honda is doing. I think the Panasonic ARTA car will be right there in the hunt on Sunday."

For additional information on Super Aguri Fernandez Racing, visit www.superagurifernandezracing.net. Additional information on the IRL IndyCar Series can be found at www.indyracing.com.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tony Kanaan , Roger Yasukawa , Tom Anderson