IRL: Motegi: SA Fernandez Racing Saturday report

Yasukawa to start 15th after rained-out qualifying. Roger Yasukawa will start in Row 8 for the inaugural Indy Japan 300 with the grid set by practice times after qualifying was rained out on Saturday. The 24-car field was able to complete a...

Yasukawa to start 15th after rained-out qualifying.

Roger Yasukawa will start in Row 8 for the inaugural Indy Japan 300 with the grid set by practice times after qualifying was rained out on Saturday. The 24-car field was able to complete a total of three practice sessions over the course of two days before the skies opened up in the initial stages of single-car qualifying. The starting line-up was based on the best practice time of the three sessions, placing Scott Dixon on pole for the 200-lap event. He will be joined by Tony Kanaan on the front row.

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

"It was a bit unfortunate that it rained for qualifying. I think we had a pretty good car. Although we will be starting 15th tomorrow, our race setup should be good and we are 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 not as we expected in practice. The changes we made last night helped the car in some parts of the circuit but made it worse in others so the overall times were the same as we ran yesterday. Although section times were slower in [Turns] Three and Four, we were faster on the straight so we improved one part and need to work on the others. The final practice has been changed to tomorrow morning, which enables us to work on the car tonight. Starting 15th is not what we wanted to do but having a chance for extra practice will benefit us. We can still have a very good outcome."

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 Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Roger Yasukawa , Tom Anderson