Roger Yasukawa, Driver, Super Aguri Fernandez Racing Honda - 2003

2/26/2003 8:50:25 PM

Birthdate: October 10, 1977

Birthplace: Los Angeles, CA

Resides: West Hollywood, CA

Height/Weight: 5'7", 155 lbs

Personal: Single

Interests: Soccer, traveling, fitness training


After a standout rookie season of Atlantic competition in 2002, 25-year-old Roger Yasukawa moves up to IndyCar competition this year as the Honda-powered driver for Super Aguri Fernandez Racing.

Yasukawa captured a win and three podium finishes in just nine Atlantic starts last season, ending up 10th in the final points standings. He starred in the two oval races on the schedule, finishing second at Chicago Motor Speedway and winning on the historic Milwaukee Mile.

Prior to Atlantics, the California-born driver finished fourth in the Barber Dodge Pro Series in 2001, and was series co-Rookie of the Year in 1999. Yasukawa also won the Formula Dodge Western series in 1998, with 10 victories in the 11-race series.

Like many of today's drivers, Yasukawa started in karts at age 14 and was a Junior World Karting Championship finalist by 1993. He also lived and raced in Italy for three seasons, winning the Centro Italiano Assistenza karting title in 1996.

Roger Yasukawa Racing Record

Year

Series

Notes & Highlights

2002

CART Atlantic

Won Milwaukee, 2nd in Chicago out of nine starts. 10th in final standings

2001

Barber Dodge

Won Vancouver, three additional podium finishes, 4th in championship

2000

Barber Dodge

Eight top ten results, 7th in final standings

1999

Barber Dodge Series

"Co-Rookie of the Year"

1998

Formula Dodge

Western Series champion with 10 victories in 11-race series

1995-96

Italian Karting

Centro Italiano Assistenza karting, 5th in 1995, champion in 1996

1991-93

Junior Karting

California champion in 1991, junior world karting finalist in 1993