IRL: Texas II: SA Fernandez Racing Saturday report

Today was a confidence builder for Roger Yasukawa and Super Aguri Fernandez Racing as the team rebounded from a problem-filled Friday to hover near the top of the charts at Texas Motor Speedway. Yasukawa placed the ...

Today was a confidence builder for Roger Yasukawa and Super Aguri Fernandez Racing as the team rebounded from a problem-filled Friday to hover near the top of the charts at Texas Motor Speedway. Yasukawa placed the #55 Panasonic ARTA Dallara/Honda/Firestone in the top spot in the first practice session today, and was sixth fastest in the 30-minute final outing in preparation for the Chevy 500 tomorrow.

Yasukawa qualified 15th for the season finale of the IRL IndyCar Series, and will be challenging Dan Wheldon for Bombardier Rookie of the Year honors. The 200-lap/300-mile race will be broadcast live on ESPN beginning at 3:30 pm ET on Sunday.

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

"It was a perfect day for the Panasonic ARTA team. We made big progress from yesterday being the quickest in the morning and sixth in the warm-up. We have a good car going into the race tomorrow. I will do my best and Honda has a strong engine this weekend so I'm hoping for a top-five finish and to win rookie of the year."

FAST FACTS: Will be making his 16th IRL IndyCar Series start-- currently leads the Bombardier Rookie of the Year standings by four points-- sits 11th in the championship standings with 281 points-- started 11th and finished ninth at Texas Motor Speedway in June-- claimed career-best finishes of seventh at Fontana and Kansas City-- career-best starting position was ninth in St. Louis-- recorded seven top-10 finishes to date-- 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:

"What a difference a day makes. We had a lot of problems yesterday and no problems today. Both practice sessions were very successful so we now have momentum we can carry into tomorrow. If we have a day like today, we will have a good result."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Dan Wheldon , Roger Yasukawa , Tom Anderson