IRL: Kansas: SA Fernandez Racing race report

Yasukawa seventh in Kansas City Roger Yasukawa claimed his career-best finish in the IRL IndyCar Series this afternoon, bringing the ...

Yasukawa seventh in Kansas City

Roger Yasukawa claimed his career-best finish in the IRL IndyCar Series this afternoon, bringing the #55 Panasonic ARTA Dallara/Honda/Firestone home in seventh position at the Kansas Indy 300. Yasukawa, who started 14th, ran as high as second in a race where fuel strategy paid off. He is now within striking distance of the top 10 in the championship rankings, and has extended his lead in the Bombardier Rookie of the Year standings. Fellow Honda driver Bryan Herta took top honors today, scoring his first victory in the Indy Racing League.

Next up for Yasukawa is the Firestone Indy 200 -- the last night race on the 2003 schedule -- at Nashville Superspeedway in Lebanon, Tennessee, on July 19. In preparation, Super Aguri Fernandez Racing will participate in an Open Test at Nashville this Wednesday.

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

"The race was good but unfortunately I stalled during our first pit stop and lost a few positions there. John [Dick, race engineer] gave me a great car and the Panasonic ARTA crew did a great job today. Seventh is our best finish so far this year and I am happy about the result. We just need to continue to do our best."

FAST FACTS: This was his eighth career IRL IndyCar Series start-- currently leads the Bombardier Rookie of the Year standings-- sits 13th in the championship standings with 138 points-- previous 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:

"I have to be pleased. We were a lot more competitive today and John did a good job with the setup. We finished seventh, our best finish so far, but we could have been fifth. A few teams ahead of us [in the final results] gambled on fuel strategy and took advantage of a yellow around Lap 79. It cost us a little bit with our pit strategy but, all in all, seventh place is good for the Panasonic ARTA car today. We will build on this and get ready for Nashville."

For additional information on Super Aguri Fernandez Racing, visit www.superagurifernandezracing.net. Additional information on the IRL IndyCar Series can be found at www.indyracing.com.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bryan Herta , Roger Yasukawa , Tom Anderson