IRL: Indy 500: SAFR's Yasukawa ready for qualifying

Yasukawa ready for Indy 500 qualifying Week of practice boosts rookie's confidence for Pole Day. Qualifying for the 87th Indianapolis 500 will commence this Saturday, and Super Aguri Fernandez Racing is hoping Mother Nature will cooperate...

Yasukawa ready for Indy 500 qualifying
Week of practice boosts rookie's confidence for Pole Day.

Qualifying for the 87th Indianapolis 500 will commence this Saturday, and Super Aguri Fernandez Racing is hoping Mother Nature will cooperate as "Fast Friday" practice - the final full day of practice prior to Pole Day - begins today at 12:00 pm CT.

The team began focusing on qualifying runs yesterday after spending the early part of the week on race day setups. With five days of track time under his belt, Roger Yasukawa continued to climb the speed charts. The rookie talent posted the 15th fastest speed to date yesterday, logging a best lap of 228.913 mph (39.3163 seconds) aboard the #55 Panasonic ARTA Dallara/Honda/Firestone.

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

"I am very pleased with today's [Thursday's] result. We were able to gather all the data from yesterday and put together a well-balanced car. We improved a lot on our speed, and it was something we expected over night. We ran a little bit of qualifying trim and I feel the car will be fairly quick for qualifying. If the weather is good tomorrow [Friday], we can try to improve on our qualifying setups. Otherwise, I am very happy with how things are going."

FAST FACTS: Will be making his fourth career IRL IndyCar Series start-- currently leads Rookie of the Year standings and is 19th in the championship with 38 points-- 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:

"Today [Thursday] was a very positive day as we moved into our qualifying setup. Roger ran his best speed of the month at 228+ without a tow from a leading car. I feel we have some more speed in hand, and have a good chance to qualify in the top 10 on Saturday. I think we have had a great month so far, and I am very pleased with the Honda engine's performance and reliability. We are looking forward to running our qualifying engine tomorrow afternoon [Friday] although the weatherman says we may have rain. All in all, I am sure Saturday will be a very exciting qualifying day."

Indianapolis 500 On-Track Schedule - First Qualifying Weekend:
Pole Day - Saturday, May 10
Practice - 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Qualifying - 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

-www.superagurifernandezracing.net.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Roger Yasukawa , Tom Anderson