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Disappointment for Yasukawa in Texas Roger Yasukawa finished 10th in the Chevy 500 at Texas Motor Speedway this afternoon after battling gearbox problems which started at the midpoint of the 200-lap race. Unfortunately, the result was not ...

Disappointment for Yasukawa in Texas

Roger Yasukawa finished 10th in the Chevy 500 at Texas Motor Speedway this afternoon after battling gearbox problems which started at the midpoint of the 200-lap race. Unfortunately, the result was not good enough to secure the Bombardier Rookie of the Year title which was won by Dan Wheldon with a third-place drive. Yasukawa ended the season 12th in the IRL IndyCar Series point standings.

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

"It was an unfortunate ending for the Panasonic ARTA team. We had a gearbox problem from the mid-stage of the race on, so we had to settle with fourth gear throughout the last half of the race. Finishing tenth is really disappointing. Obviously, with Dan [Wheldon] finishing third, we lost rookie of the year. It was really unfortunate and I hope we will be able to come back much stronger next year. I learned a lot this year and I would like to thank Panasonic, Autobacs, Honda and all of our sponsors for their support."

FAST FACTS:

Twenty-six 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:

"Finishing tenth was not what we were looking for today. The car wasn't good enough for Roger. He was much better. We were quite fast in the first half, running in the lead pack where we wanted to be. We started to have fifth and sixth gear transmission problems and we were unable to use those gears for the rest of the race. Basically Roger could run very fast by himself but when he got into the draft, he wasn't able to take advantage. It didn't quite work the way we wanted today. Our congratulations to Dan Wheldon -- he had a good day finishing third and winning rookie of the year. We will be back again next year and we are looking forward to building on what we learned this year."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Dan Wheldon , Roger Yasukawa , Tom Anderson