IRL: Super Aguri Fernandez Racing first week testing notes

Super Aguri Fernandez Racing wraps up first week of testing. FONTANA, Calif. (January 17, 2003) - Super Aguri Fernandez Racing concluded its first week of pre-season testing today at California Speedway with Roger Yasukawa logging another two...

Super Aguri Fernandez Racing wraps up first week of testing.

FONTANA, Calif. (January 17, 2003) - Super Aguri Fernandez Racing concluded its first week of pre-season testing today at California Speedway with Roger Yasukawa logging another two days of seat time aboard the #55 Panasonic ARTA Dallara/Honda/Firestone. Yasukawa will be challenging for Rookie of the Year honors in the 2003 IRL IndyCar Series.

"I am very pleased," said Tom Anderson, Co-Owner and Managing Director, of the two-day test. "We still have an excellent reliability and durability record so it has been a very productive two days at Fontana. [Race engineer] John [Dick] and Roger had an opportunity to work through some suspension and aero combinations in order to have a reasonable baseline for our return here at the Test in the West. This has been a very productive, very informative test and I'm looking forward to the next one."

Yasukawa completed over 320 miles on the two-mile oval and tallied over 620 total testing miles for the week after the team's successful outing at Phoenix International Raceway on Monday and Tuesday.

"This was my first time on a superspeedway and it was pretty good actually," said Yasukawa. "It is quite a bit different from the short ovals that I am used to. It's definitely a different game that you have to play with the car together with the engineer. I think it went well considering it was my first time here with the car. I am reasonably happy with the two days.

"My biggest challenge is going to be trying to have a perfect pit stop - parking the car at the right place and all that is something that is very new to me. The best thing about everything today was that I got experience on what pit stops are like and what I need to do, and I have a good picture of what you need to have for the race. I think that was the best part of it. I'm really happy with everything and looking forward to coming back here for the open test."

Super Aguri Fernández Racing will return to its home base in Indianapolis to begin preparations for the Indy Racing League's annual Test in the West on February 3 - 8 at California Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway.

Additional information on the team is available at www.superagurifernandezracing.net. For information on the IndyCar Series, please visit www.indyracing.com.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Roger Yasukawa , Tom Anderson