Yasukawa impresses as IRL season starts. Rookie Roger Yasukawa continues to make a strong first impression as the 2003 IRL IndyCar Series gets underway this weekend at Miami-Homestead Speedway. The 25-year-old Atlantic series graduate ran ...
Yasukawa impresses as IRL season starts.
Rookie Roger Yasukawa continues to make a strong first impression as the 2003 IRL IndyCar Series gets underway this weekend at Miami-Homestead Speedway. The 25-year-old Atlantic series graduate ran third-fastest in the first of two practice sessions today, fourth in the hotter afternoon session and third in the combined results.
Rising temperatures slowed everyone in the second practice, but Honda-powered drivers dominated in the heat, with Kenny Brack and Tony Kanaan ending up first and second, followed by Yasukawa and Michael Andretti in fifth.
Brack was one of only a handful of drivers who improved his speed in the afternoon, moving up from 12th to eighth overall as a result of his quick time in the second session. Kanaan, although second quickest in the afternoon, was still two-tenths of a second off his morning time, leaving him sixth on the day.
Team owner/driver Andretti was the most consistent performer in the field, running fifth in the morning, afternoon and overall.
Practice continues Saturday morning here in South Florida, with single-car qualifying for the first of 16 races in the 2003 season scheduled to begin at 1:15 p.m. EST. The green flag waves for Sunday's Indy 300 at 1:00 p.m. EST, with live television coverage on ABC.
Roger Yasukawa (#55 Super Aguri Fernandez Racing Honda) 3rd fastest in the morning and overall: "This has been a very good day for us, but I'm still new to these cars and this series, so I'm learning more every time I get into the car. The team's doing a great job and the Honda engine has been strong right from the start. But being quick in practice is one thing, finishing well in the race is something else again. The races are longer than what I've done in the past, with pit stops and everything else. It will be a big challenge, and I'm looking forward to it."