IRL: Michigan: Roger Yasukawa race report

A strong run in the ...

A strong run in the #55 Panasonic ARTA Dallara/Honda/Firestone netted Roger Yasukawa an eighth-place finish at Michigan International Speedway today in the Firestone Indy 400. Yasukawa, who started 12th, ran as high as fourth this afternoon in a race that saw 30 lead changes and a 0.0121 second margin of victory. It was the fourth top-10 finish for Yasukawa in the IRL IndyCar Series and the result has moved him up the ranks in the point standings. Yasukawa is now 11th in the championship, and has extended his lead in the Bombardier Rookie of the Year chase by 44 points.

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

"It was a pretty good race, and definitely a great learning curve for me. We had a pretty good car. Towards the end, I think I pushed a little too hard and used up the front tires. I picked up a push and lost the draft of the lead group. I had to settle for eighth. All in all, it was a great performance by the team and we will aim for a better finish in St. Louis."

FAST FACTS: This was his 10th IRL IndyCar Series start-- best IRL career finish to date was seventh in Kansas City-- 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:

"We had a good run today and Roger received a good education on drafting. I am very pleased with Roger's performance while he was with the lead pack. He learned so much from the beginning to the end. I am also pleased with the great pit work as well as the Honda engine and Firestone tires. We had everything we needed for today. There were a few things that we didn't do right. We couldn't stay with the lead pack at the end, but I feel like we raced it all day. I am very proud of the whole team and this is a great preview to what will happen in Fontana."

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 Roger Yasukawa , Tom Anderson