Tough day at the office for Yasukawa Roger Yasukawa finished 15th in the Firestone Indy 200 this evening after a mechanical problem on Lap 112 ended all hopes of a second consecutive top-seven finish for the rookie points leader. Yasukawa, who...
Tough day at the office for Yasukawa
Roger Yasukawa finished 15th in the Firestone Indy 200 this evening after a mechanical problem on Lap 112 ended all hopes of a second consecutive top-seven finish for the rookie points leader. Yasukawa, who qualified 11th and was third quickest in the final practice session, was running seventh just past the halfway mark of the race when the #55 Panasonic ARTA Dallara/Honda/Firestone came to a stop in the warm-up lane at Turn Three. Yasukawa was towed to pit lane and eventually restarted, but lost three laps in the process to end up 15th for the day.
Yasukawa maintains his lead in the Bombardier Rookie of the Year challenge and remains 13th in the point standings.
Super Aguri Fernandez Racing will head to Michigan Speedway next weekend for Round 10 of the IRL IndyCar Series, the Firestone Indy 400, on July 27.
Roger Yasukawa, Driver - #55 Panasonic ARTA Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
"We had a good car and I'm sure we could have finished in the top five but, unfortunately, the luck wasn't there today. We had a couple of problems tonight and a little bit of an incident with Greg Ray. All in all, we just didn't have the luck this evening. We need to continue doing our best and hopefully we will get a better result in Michigan."
FAST FACTS: This was his ninth career 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 -- 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:
"Obviously, many things went wrong tonight and sometimes it happens. We had our first problem when we were running in fifth. We wanted to stay out during the first yellow but we had a cut in the front tire so we had to stop. We also planned to stay out on the next yellow, but the telemetry showed that the fuel pressure was dropping with 20 gallons of fuel still in the car. It turned out that we had a fuel pick-up problem under the yellows for the rest of the evening. It was one of those nights where a lot of things didn't go our way, and we are looking forward to the next race in Michigan."
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