Yasukawa Finishes 10th in Indy 500 Debut Roger Yasukawa made a memorable debut at Indianapolis Motor Speedway today, putting in a solid performance aboard the ...
Yasukawa Finishes 10th in Indy 500 Debut
Roger Yasukawa made a memorable debut at Indianapolis Motor Speedway today, putting in a solid performance aboard the #55 Panasonic ARTA Dallara/Honda/Firestone to finish 10th in his first 500-mile race. Yasukawa, who made his fourth IRL IndyCar Series start in 11th position, gained not only valuable experience but also valuable points in the championship, extending his lead in the Rookie of the Year challenge and moving up five positions in the driver championship to 14th.
Super Aguri Fernandez Racing will resume on-track activities with the Indy Racing League's open test at Richmond International Raceway this Thursday. Racing action continues on June 7 as Round Five of the championship gets underway at Texas Motor Speedway with the first night venue on the 2003 schedule -- the Bombardier 500k.
Roger Yasukawa, Driver - #55 Panasonic ARTA Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "I think our race was pretty good and finishing tenth was pretty good. I was being a little conservative at the beginning, but that is part of learning, and I had to adapt to the track condition changes toward the end of the race. It was my first 500-mile race so I am very happy with the result. If I get to come back to the Indy 500 again, then I think I can do better with the valuable things I learned through today's race."
Tom Anderson, Managing Director: "It was a good race for Super Aguri Fernandez Racing. There was some traffic at the beginning of the race, but that is part of the learning curve for Roger. The crew did a great job on the pit stops and I am very pleased with their performances. This is going to be a great foundation for the rest of the season. We had a little help at the end, but a top-ten result is good and I am very pleased. Firestone provided us with great tires and we also had a strong engine thanks to Honda."
Adrian Fernandez, Co-Owner: "Roger did a good job in finishing the race today. It was an experience for him -- his first 500-mile race. He stayed out of trouble and the team performed well. This will definitely help Roger in his learning curve."
Aguri Suzuki, Co-Owner: "I am glad that we were able to get the checkered flag although the race became a little rough at the end. I am happy about the result. My hope was to finish the race safely so I am very happy about that. I think Roger learned a lot through all the practice he has done during this month and also through the race. I am looking forward to his continuing growth."