Yasukawa posts career-best qualifying run at Gateway Roger Yasukawa qualified the ...
Yasukawa posts career-best qualifying run at Gateway
Roger Yasukawa qualified the #55 Panasonic ARTA Dallara/Honda/Firestone in ninth position this evening for Sunday's Emerson Indy 250 at Gateway International Raceway. This is his career-best qualifying effort to date in IRL IndyCar Series competition. Yasukawa, who leads the Bombardier Rookie of the Year standings by 44 points, currently sits 11th in the championship standings and will be looking to break into the top 10 tomorrow when the green flag drops for the 200-lap/250-mile race.
"I think we had a reasonable day. We have a good car for tomorrow's race. Since we were able to test here a couple of weeks ago, we were able to fine-tune the car for the race. As for qualifying, unfortunately we had a bit of an electrical problem and I had to lift when I was up-shifting which cost us a little bit of time. I think we could have been better than ninth, but it is my best starting position so far and I am looking forward to the race."
Will be making his 11th IRL IndyCar Series start-- currently leads the Bombardier Rookie of the Year standings by 44 points and sits 11th in the championship standings with 177 points-- 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.
Tom Anderson, Managing Director:
"We are pleased with our practice and qualifying results today. This is the best qualifying effort that we have had this season. The track is different than when we tested here as they had to repair the surface in Turn Three. We made the changes to adapt and are very pleased with the balance. The Firestone tires look very good and we expect a consistent run through the entire fuel load. Honda has made some improvements for this race and I am sure that this helped us to qualify so well. I am very excited about the chances for a good result for Roger and the Panasonic ARTA team tomorrow."