IRL: Homestead: Super Aguri Fernandez Racing qualifying report

Yasukawa to start in fifth row for IndyCar Series debut. Roger Yasukawa put the ...

Yasukawa to start in fifth row for IndyCar Series debut.

Roger Yasukawa put the #55 Panasonic ARTA Dallara/Honda/Firestone in 10th position on the grid for Sunday's 200-lap Toyota Indy 300. Yasukawa, who was seventh fastest in the morning practice session and third-quickest overall yesterday, will be making his first career start in the Indy Racing League. Fellow Honda-powered drivers Tony Kanaan and Michael Andretti will occupy the front row.

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

"Today wasn't too bad considering our target was to be in the top 10. The most important thing is that we have a very good setup for the race and we are prepared for tomorrow. I am looking forward to the race."

FAST FACTS: Will be making his first career IRL IndyCar Series start-- 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:

"I am very pleased with our qualifying result. A top-10 position for Roger's first qualifying effort and, with the conditions [very hot and humid] not being ideal, that led to all we could ask for today. Things are running very smoothly and I am looking forward to tomorrow."

Adrian Fernandez , Team Owner:

"The team has done a great job at our first event here in the IRL. Roger and John [Dick, race engineer] are working very well together. Our aim was to start in the top 10, and tomorrow our aim is to finish the race. There will be a lot of new things for Roger to experience tomorrow, especially pit stops. He has been running very consistently and the important thing is for him to finish tomorrow and gain more experience. The Honda engine is very strong. For the short time that they have been involved, to take the front row is very impressive and I am very happy for them."

NEXT UP: The green flag for the Toyota Indy 300 will drop at 1:00 pm EST on Sunday. The race will be broadcast live on ABC.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Adrian Fernandez , Tony Kanaan , Roger Yasukawa , Tom Anderson