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Yasukawa turns first laps at Kansas Speedway Roger Yasukawa turned his first laps around Kansas Speedway this afternoon as on-track activities got underway for Sunday's Kansas Indy 300. The IRL IndyCar Series completed two practice sessions on...

Yasukawa turns first laps at Kansas Speedway

Roger Yasukawa turned his first laps around Kansas Speedway this afternoon as on-track activities got underway for Sunday's Kansas Indy 300. The IRL IndyCar Series completed two practice sessions on the 1.5-mile tri-oval with Yasukawa posting a best lap of 214.582 mph (25.5007 seconds) to end up 13th quickest for the day.

The 200 lap/300-mile race will be broadcast live on ABC beginning at 1:00 pm ET this Sunday.

Top Practice Times -- First Session:
1. Tomas Scheckter 25.0706 218.264 mph
2. Scott Dixon 25.1310 217.739 mph
3. Helio Castroneves 25.2238 216.938 mph
14.Roger Yasukawa 25.6425 213.396 mph

Top Practice Times -- Second Session:
1. Tomas Scheckter 25.1322 217.729 mph
2. Scott Dixon 25.1326 217.725 mph
3. Tony Kanaan 25.1400 217.661 mph
13.Roger Yasukawa 25.5007 214.582 mph

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

"Our first day in Kansas went pretty well. We tried a couple of things on the car to make it handle well during the long runs in the race. Tomorrow we can focus on the qualifying setup and find more speed. Race day will be a lot hotter and longer than today, so we hope we will have a good car. Overall, we had a very productive day and we will see how it goes tomorrow."

FAST FACTS:

Will be making his eighth career IRL IndyCar Series start-- currently leads the Bombardier Rookie of the Year standings-- sits 13th in the championship standings with 112 points-- best IRL career finish was ninth at Texas Motor Speedway-- best IRL career start was 10th at Homestead and Phoenix-- twenty-five years old from Los Angeles-- 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 was our first day at Kansas Speedway. We didn't take time to test here so it was the first run for Roger but we are pleased with the setup and the reasonable times. Roger has to take time to learn the traffic patterns so that he can work his way in the traffic. He can think about that tonight. We are sure we will be able to do well with the Panasonic car."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Helio Castroneves , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Roger Yasukawa , Tom Anderson