Yasukawa finishes 12th at Kentucky Speedway Roger Yasukawa finished 12th in the fast-paced Belterra Casino Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway this afternoon, a race that was slowed by only one caution period setting several IRL IndyCar Series records.
Yasukawa finishes 12th at Kentucky Speedway
Roger Yasukawa finished 12th in the fast-paced Belterra Casino Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway this afternoon, a race that was slowed by only one caution period setting several IRL IndyCar Series records. Yasukawa started 16th and had worked the #55 Panasonic ARTA Dallara/Honda/Firestone up to ninth position by Lap 40 with a hard charge prior to the first round of pit stops. A fuel program error, however, resulted in Yasukawa making his first pit stop early and ahead of the leaders, and he fell to 14th. With 190 of 200 laps run under green, Yasukawa was unable to make up the positions. He maintains his lead in the Bombardier Rookie of the Year standings and remains 12th in the championship with 207 points.
Yasukawa and Super Aguri Fernandez Racing will head to Nazareth Speedway next weekend for the Firestone Indy 225, Round 13 of IRL IndyCar Series competition, on August 24th.
Roger Yasukawa, Driver - #55 Panasonic ARTA Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
"I am happy that we were able to finish the race, but we had some type of fuel calculation problem in the pits and we lost a few positions. The car was good, and we need to work on a better result in Nazareth. I am looking forward to next weekend."
This was his 12th IRL IndyCar Series start-- currently leads the Bombardier Rookie of the Year standings by 20 points-- sits 12th in the championship with 207 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:
"The car was obviously better than a 12th-place finish. We made a mistake with the fuel program when we pitted early, which gave a big advantage to everyone else. Because the race stayed green, with the exception of one yellow, we weren't able to recover from the mistake and gain back the positions we lost. I think we would have been able to finish in a better position with the Panasonic car, so we will review our mistake and get ready to race in Nazareth."