IRL: Richmond: SA Fernandez Racing preview

Yasukawa set to challenge after Pikes Peak heartbreak Super Aguri Fernandez Racing heads to Richmond International Raceway this weekend for the SunTrust Indy Challenge, the second of three night races on the 2003 IRL IndyCar Series schedule. The...

Yasukawa set to challenge after Pikes Peak heartbreak

Super Aguri Fernandez Racing heads to Richmond International Raceway this weekend for the SunTrust Indy Challenge, the second of three night races on the 2003 IRL IndyCar Series schedule. The team tested on the .75-mile oval -- the shortest circuit on the 16-race tour -- at the end of May, garnering valuable track time for a race that will provide plenty of challenges for drivers in the 250-lap sprint to the checkered flag this Saturday night.

Roger Yasukawa is looking forward to finishing where he left off in Pikes Peak two weeks ago, which saw the rookie talent headed for his best result to date. Yasukawa, who led for the second time in his IRL IndyCar Series career at the Honda Indy 225, was running in sixth position with just six laps remaining when the rear wing of his #55 Panasonic ARTA Dallara/Honda/Firestone broke sending Yasukawa into the wall.

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

Will be making his seventh career IRL IndyCar Series start
Currently leads the Bombardier Rookie of the Year standings
Sits 13th in the championship standings with 93 points
Best IRL career finish to date was ninth at Texas Motor Speedway
Best IRL career start was 10th at Homestead and Phoenix

"We have a good short-oval setup which we showed at Pikes Peak, and it should be good for Richmond as well. We should have a good car there. We were able to test so I know the track already and that will be a big help this weekend. It is the shortest track that we race on and it will be very busy during the race, similar to Pikes Peak. You need to have a good, balanced car to run fast and stay at the front. Traffic will be a big factor in the race. Setting up the car for long stints and tire management are important. These [short-oval] races suit my driving style. I am looking forward to the race, and to finishing where we left off at Pikes Peak and proving that we can finish up front."

FAST FACTS:

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.

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