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Yasukawa eighth quickest in opening day for Firestone Indy 225. Roger Yasukawa ended his first day of practice activities for the Firestone Indy 225 eighth quickest overall on the time charts. Yasukawa posted the 10th fastest time in the first...

Yasukawa eighth quickest in opening day for Firestone Indy 225.

Roger Yasukawa ended his first day of practice activities for the Firestone Indy 225 eighth quickest overall on the time charts. Yasukawa posted the 10th fastest time in the first of two practice sessions for the IRL IndyCar Series, and moved into sixth position in the afternoon outing with a best lap of 20.3541 seconds (165.372 mph).

MBNA Pole Qualifying will get underway at 11:30 am ET, and Yasukawa will be looking to improve on his career-best IRL starting position to date of ninth.

Sunday's Firestone Indy 225 will be broadcast live on ESPN beginning at 3:00 pm ET.

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

"We had a very productive day. We made some changes in the morning and afternoon which were great improvements to the car. We have to qualify after the Silver Crown cars tomorrow, so it will be a little bit tricky with all the rubber on the track. I think we will have similar conditions for the race, so we will just keep improving the car and get ready for Sunday."

FAST FACTS: Will be making his 13th IRL IndyCar Series start-- currently leads the Bombardier Rookie of the Year standings by 20 points-- sits 12th in the championship with 207 points-- best IRL career start to date was ninth at Gateway International Raceway-- best IRL career finish to date was seventh in Kansas City-- 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.

John Dick, Race Engineer:

"We have been steadily improving the car and we had a good day. Roger did a great job adapting to the track. The track conditions were very slippery from the support series, and that makes it even more difficult than usual to get the car right and to get a good line. However, Roger is dealing with it very well and professionally, so we are looking forward to qualifying and the race on Sunday."

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