Yasukawa to start 16th in Kentucky as team sets its sights on Pay Day Roger Yasukawa has qualified the ...
Yasukawa to start 16th in Kentucky as team sets its sights on Pay Day
Roger Yasukawa has qualified the #55 Panasonic ARTA Dallara/Honda/Firestone in 16th position for Sunday's Belterra Casino 300 -- only four-tenths of a second off of the pole winning time -- after a day of focusing on race setup. The Super Aguri Fernandez Racing team has set its sights on race day, with valuable points on the table in tomorrow's 200-lap/300-mile run. Yasukawa, who currently leads the Bombardier Rookie of the Year standings and is 40 points shy of the top 10 rankings, will be looking to move up the championship charts tomorrow.
Round 12 of IRL IndyCar Series competition will be broadcast live on ABC beginning at 2:00 pm ET.
Roger Yasukawa, Driver - #55 Panasonic ARTA Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
"Obviously it was a little bit of a disappointing day with how we placed on the time charts. We wanted to be up front but we concentrated on race setup today and we should have a better day tomorrow. I am confident with the car for the race and I don't think we have much to lose by starting 16th. We'll just keep looking forward and do our best in the race."
Will be making his 12th IRL IndyCar Series start-- currently leads the Bombardier Rookie of the Year standings by 28 points-- sits 12th in the championship with 189 points-- best IRL career start was ninth at Gateway International Raceway-- best IRL finish to date was seventh in Kansas City-- 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 similar to what happened in Kansas City and a very similar type of race track. [Yasukawa started 14th in Kansas City and went on to score his best IRL IndyCar series finish of seventh.] We didn't qualify very well that day, and John [Dick, race engineer] and Roger were confident about the race. I am a little bit disappointed about our qualifying today, but I am going with them. They had a good, competitive car on race day in Kansas City and I expect the same for tomorrow's race. We are never happy to qualify 16th, but the important thing is to gain the points tomorrow."