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Yasukawa ready for Toyota Indy 400 Roger Yasukawa will line up on the eighth row of the grid for his hometown race tomorrow, the Toyota Indy 400 at California Speedway. Yasukawa, who has been pleased with the handling of his ...

Yasukawa ready for Toyota Indy 400

Roger Yasukawa will line up on the eighth row of the grid for his hometown race tomorrow, the Toyota Indy 400 at California Speedway. Yasukawa, who has been pleased with the handling of his #55 Panasonic ARTA Dallara/Honda/Firestone throughout the weekend, will be chasing valuable points tomorrow as he looks to break into the top 10 in the championship standings and extend his lead in the Bombardier Rookie of the Year challenge.

The 200-lap 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:

"Qualifying was a little bit less than what we expected but the most important thing is that we know we have a good car for tomorrow. It is going to be side-by-side racing throughout the race and I think we just need to keep doing the same thing we have been doing the last few races and hope for a good top-five finish."

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 were okay for qualifying today. It was the same scenario as Chicago and I'm not worried about qualifying. I know that we will be there tomorrow and that's what counts. I am looking for a better place finish than what we had at Chicago, and I know that we learned a lot in that race. Things are going right according to plan yesterday and today here in Fontana so I'm very much looking forward to the race."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Roger Yasukawa , Tom Anderson