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Yasukawa will grid 12th at Michigan Roger Yasukawa qualified the ...

Yasukawa will grid 12th at Michigan

Roger Yasukawa qualified the #55 Panasonic ARTA Dallara/Honda/Firestone in 12th position this afternoon for Sunday's Firestone Indy 400, Round 10 of the IRL IndyCar Series. Yasukawa, the fastest rookie qualifier, posted a best lap of 219.948 mph (32.7350 seconds) in a tight grid with the first nine rows separated by less than a second on the 2-mile oval at Michigan International Speedway.

The 200 lap/400 mile race will be broadcast live on ABC tomorrow beginning at 3:00 pm ET.

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

"Today wasn't the best day for us. Qualifying was okay considering we didn't spend much time on our qualifying setup. As for the warm up, it didn't go as well as we expected. We had a gearbox-related problem which we should be able to fix for tomorrow. I am looking forward to the race."


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:

"Our qualifying position was what we expected. It is just a matter of getting ready for the race. This track is so wide that you basically work on how you can run with other people and in traffic. At 400 miles, it is more like an endurance race than it is a sprint race so there is a long way to go tomorrow. All in all, we are very pleased with the race setup and looking forward to Sunday."


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Series IndyCar
Drivers Roger Yasukawa , Tom Anderson