IRL: Motegi: SA Fernandez Racing Friday report

Yasukawa begins learning curve at Motegi circuit. Roger Yasukawa took to the Twin Ring Motegi track for the first time as the IndyCar Series completed two sessions on the 1.5-mile oval in the opening day of practice. Nine drivers in the 24-car...

Yasukawa begins learning curve at Motegi circuit.

Roger Yasukawa took to the Twin Ring Motegi track for the first time as the IndyCar Series completed two sessions on the 1.5-mile oval in the opening day of practice. Nine drivers in the 24-car field have competed on the challenging circuit in the past. Yasukawa was pleased with the day's progress as the team prepares for the inaugural Indy Japan 300.

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

"The first practice went really well. We concentrated on race setup because we are expecting rain tomorrow. The second practice session was okay. We had a little bit of a telemetry problem and a gear problem towards the end, so the time was not as fast as we could have gone. Speaking in general, the car balance is good for the race. If it doesn't rain tomorrow, I think we will have a good shot in qualifying. We are all looking forward to the race."

FAST FACTS: Will be making his third career IRL IndyCar Series start-- currently leads Rookie of the Year standings and is tied for 16th in the championship with 29 points-- 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 learning curve for everyone with the exception of the drivers who have been here before [with the CART series]. Motegi is a new experience for the IndyCar Series and I think it showed today that those drivers that are experienced, especially with Turn Three, had an advantage over the drivers who haven't been here before. Although they don't have to shift like they did with the Champ Cars, there is still some braking and finesse needed in Turn Three; it is not a corner you just take flat out. That may be one of the biggest variables we had today. With Roger going out in the first group, he obviously didn't have the advantage of more rubber on the track that the second group enjoyed.

"We will be in the second group tomorrow and, with [race engineer] John Dick having a chance to look at all the information tonight and Roger having a good think, we are looking forward to a better result tomorrow if the weather holds. Hopefully we will get some running in to prepare for Sunday's race."

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