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Yasukawa focused on strong end-of-season run. The IRL IndyCar Series is on the road again with the Belterra Casino Indy 300 this weekend, the second of three back-to-back races in August. Round 12 of series competition will be held on the...

Yasukawa focused on strong end-of-season run.

The IRL IndyCar Series is on the road again with the Belterra Casino Indy 300 this weekend, the second of three back-to-back races in August. Round 12 of series competition will be held on the 1.5-mile tri-oval of Kentucky Speedway located in Sparta, Kentucky, an hour's drive from Cincinnati, Ohio.

Roger Yasukawa claimed his best IRL IndyCar Series finish to date of seventh on the last visit to a 1.5-mile circuit. He is looking to improve on that result this weekend particularly after a disappointing turn of events at Gateway International Raceway last Sunday where Yasukawa looked poised for another top-10 finish but made contact with the Turn Four wall while challenging for ninth position.

Sunday's 200-lap/300-mile race will be broadcast live on ABC beginning at 2:00 pm ET.

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

* Will be making his 12th IRL IndyCar Series start

* Currently leads the Bombardier Rookie of the Year standings by 26 points

* Sits 12th in the championship standings with 189 points, 40 points shy of the top 10

* Best IRL career start to date was ninth at Gateway International Raceway

* Best IRL career finish to date was seventh in Kansas City

"We tested at Kentucky Speedway in June. The track was fairly bumpy but I heard they did some grinding and it should be fairly smooth for the race. We were strong at Kansas and Michigan, and I am pretty confident that we will have a good car there this weekend.

"It has been quite an up-and-down season with some rookie mistakes and unfortunate crashes, but I think I am improving and I am getting stronger as a driver. I am really going to try hard to not make any mistakes in the last five races, and the most important thing will be to try to finish every single race. As a team, everything is going really well. This is our first season, and we know each other much better now -- myself, John [Dick, race engineer] and the entire team -- and I think that's part of the reason we have been improving in our results. The series is very competitive and I really enjoy it. I feel very lucky to be doing what I am doing."

FAST FACTS: 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.

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