IRL: Franchitti, Yasukawa, test at California Speedway

FONTANA, Calif., Friday, Jan. 17, 2003 -- Dario Franchitti continued to prepare for his first full season of IRL IndyCar Series competition by testing Jan. 16 at California Speedway. Franchitti, 29, from Edinburgh, Scotland, tested an Andretti...

FONTANA, Calif., Friday, Jan. 17, 2003 -- Dario Franchitti continued to prepare for his first full season of IRL IndyCar Series competition by testing Jan. 16 at California Speedway.

Franchitti, 29, from Edinburgh, Scotland, tested an Andretti Green Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone on the 2-mile oval.

"Everything is going pretty good here at California Speedway," Franchitti said. "We're working with a lot of different things on the car, and Honda has given us some good power from an engine standpoint. We are still early in our testing program, but we are already seeing some progress. The IRL has asked us to test a few different aerodynamic packages, and I think the racing will be good fun if we can find the right combination."

IndyCar Series rookie Roger Yasukawa, who lives in nearby Los Angeles, also tested at the 2-mile oval Jan. 16. He drove the No. 55 Panasonic ARTA Dallara/Honda/Firestone for Super Aguri Fernandez Racing.

Both drivers will test again on Jan. 17.

The IndyCar Series season kicks of with the Toyota Indy 300 on March 2 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The Toyota Indy 400 will be Sept. 21 at California Speedway. Both races will be broadcast live on ABC and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network.

For ticket information for the season opener at Homestead, call (305) 230-RACE or visit www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com. For tickets to the California event, call (800) 944-7223 or visit www.californiaspeedway.com.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Dario Franchitti , Roger Yasukawa