IRL: Michigan: SA Fernandez Racing Friday report

Roger Yasukawa finished the day 16th overall as opening practice activities concluded this afternoon in preparation for the Firestone Indy 400 at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday. The IRL IndyCar Series took to the track for two practice...

Roger Yasukawa finished the day 16th overall as opening practice activities concluded this afternoon in preparation for the Firestone Indy 400 at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday. The IRL IndyCar Series took to the track for two practice sessions, with Yasukawa posting a top speed of 220.163 mph (32.7030 seconds). He will have one more opportunity to fine tune the #55 Panasonic ARTA Dallara/Honda/Firestone tomorrow morning before MBNA Pole Qualifying gets underway at 11:00 am ET.

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

"Today we experimented with a different setup and got some good information out of it and about the track. Hopefully we will have a pretty good qualifying position for the race. It is nice to be at Michigan, and to be able to run side by side at these high speeds. The race should be exciting."

FAST FACTS: Will be making his 10th IRL IndyCar Series start-- has a 30-point lead in the Bombardier Rookie of the Year standings-- sits 13th in the championship standings with 153 points, 22 points shy of the top 10-- best IRL career finish 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:

"Today was a practice day and there was nothing out of the ordinary. The sessions were held up by a lot of yellows so we only did 60 laps, 30 in each session. Basically we repeated the time that we did when we tested here. It was a good chance to chase the track conditions as it starts to gather more rubber during the weekend. All in all, today was a successful day and was one of the steps of our learning curve. We're looking forward to qualifying tomorrow, and to the race on Sunday."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Roger Yasukawa , Tom Anderson