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Yasukawa looking forward to Ssrong run in Firestone Indy 200 Roger Yasukawa will make his first start at Nashville Superspeedway from Row Six of the grid, qualifying the ...

Yasukawa looking forward to Ssrong run in Firestone Indy 200

Roger Yasukawa will make his first start at Nashville Superspeedway from Row Six of the grid, qualifying the #55 Panasonic ARTA Dallara/Honda/Firestone in 11th position this afternoon for the Firestone Indy 200. Yasukawa, who was 10th quickest in both practice sessions prior to MBNA Pole Qualifying, was just over a tenth of a second away from a top-five starting spot as the team focused on race setup today. Final practice will get underway this evening.

Tomorrow night's 200-lap event -- the final night race on the 2003 IRL IndyCar Series schedule -- will be broadcast live on ESPN2 at 8:00 pm ET. Yasukawa will be looking to improve on his career best finish of seventh at Kansas City two weeks ago and move up the ladder in the tight-knit championship standings.

"Qualifying went okay for us. I thought we would have a bit more speed but the wind picked up since the last practice and that was one of the reasons we couldn't go as fast. Other than that, we have a good car for the race tomorrow and will hopefully bring home a good finish."

FAST FACTS:

Will be making his ninth career IRL IndyCar Series start-- has a 47-point lead in the Bombardier Rookie of the Year standings-- sits 13th in the championship standings with 138 points -- 21 points shy of the top 10-- best IRL career finish was seventh in Kansas City on July 6-- 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:

"I'm pleased with our day so far. We picked up where we left off at the IRL Open Test here [last week], and I am very happy with our race car. We are trying to take good care of our Firestone tires as it will be a real durability test tomorrow night running on the [concrete] surface here in Nashville. As normal with our program, we have been concentrating more on the race setup than we have on qualifying. We would always like to qualify better than 11th, but we feel comfortable with our starting position for the race. I think we will be able to have a very good result tomorrow night."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Roger Yasukawa , Tom Anderson