Yasukawa will start 11th in Texas debut Roger Yasukawa was the fastest rookie qualifier for Saturday night's Bombardier 500 and will make his first career start at Texas Motor Speedway from the 11th position on the grid in the ...
Yasukawa will start 11th in Texas debut
Roger Yasukawa was the fastest rookie qualifier for Saturday night's Bombardier 500 and will make his first career start at Texas Motor Speedway from the 11th position on the grid in the #55 Panasonic ARTA Dallara/Honda/Firestone. Rain forced a delay of over three hours in IRL IndyCar Series activities this evening with opening practice finally getting underway at 6:30 pm CT. Yasukawa, who was in the first practice group, managed to get in 43 laps around the 1.5-mile oval prior to the 9:00 pm CT qualifying session. He posted the fastest time of his group with a lap of 24.138 seconds (217.002 mph), and was 10th overall.
Yasukawa was second out for his qualifying run, but was unable to improve on his practice time and posted a best lap of 24.3441 seconds (215.165 mph). The Rookie of the Year points leader was .4590 seconds behind polesitter Tomas Scheckter's time.
1. Tomas Scheckter G Force/Toyota/Firestone 23.8851 219.300 mph 2. Scott Dixon G Force/Toyota/Firestone 23.9557 218.654 mph 3. Tora Takagi G Force/Toyota/Firestone 24.0246 218.027 mph 11. Roger Yasukawa Dallara/Honda/Firestone 24.3441 215.165 mph
Roger Yasukawa, Driver - #55 Panasonic ARTA Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
"The first day here in Texas went pretty well. Our practice time was shortened but within that time I was able to run in traffic and learn about the track as well as the car. Our 11th-place qualifying position was less than what we expected but the race is long and anybody can win it as long as you can stay with the lead group. I am very confident that we will have a good car, and we get to fine-tune the car even more tomorrow."
FAST FACTS: Will be making his fifth career IRL IndyCar Series start-- currently leads Rookie of the Year standings and is 14th in the championship with 58 points-- posted his best result to date this season at the Indianapolis 500, finishing 10th-- 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:
"A very slow day which turned into a very fast day with the rain delaying and shortening practice and Roger's first qualifying under the lights. All in all, I am satisfied with the day. The Panasonic ARTA team did a great job and I am looking forward to tomorrow to learn more about this great race track here in Texas."