Super Aguri Fernandez Racing - 2003

2/26/2003 8:49:53 PM

Headquarters: Indianapolis, IN

Co-owners: Adrian Fernandez, Aguri Suzuki

Managing Director: Tom Anderson

Primary Sponsors: Panasonic, ARTA (Autobacs Racing Team Aguri Project)

Chassis: Dallara

Engine: Honda HI3R Indy V-8

Tires: Firestone

Personnel: 30 full-time

 

Car # 55

Driver:

Roger Yasukawa

Chief Mechanic:

Steve Ragan

Engineer:

John Dick


For its inaugural season of IRL IndyCar racing, Fernandez Racing co-owners Adrian Fernandez and Tom Anderson have joined forces with former Formula One driver Aguri Suzuki to create Super Aguri Fernandez Racing. The team will campaign a Honda-powered Dallara for promising IRL rookie Roger Yasukawa.

Established in 2000 by veteran driver Adrian Fernandez and experienced team manager Tom Anderson, Fernandez Racing competed for the past two years in CART, where Fernandez will continue to drive. The CART championship runner-up in 2000, Fernandez has seven career CART victories, including one with Honda power as part of Tasman Motorsports in 1996.

Suzuki, one of Japan's most successful Grand Prix racers, has been assisting young Japanese drivers for the past six years with his Autobacs Racing Team Aguri Project (ARTA). Anderson, with more than 30 years of experience in almost every facet of the sport, will have overall responsibility for the IRL effort.

Yasukawa, 25, was the Barber Dodge Pro Series Rookie of the Year in 1999, and finished fourth in the championship in 2001. Moving up to the Atlantic series last year, he quickly demonstrated his prowess on the ovals, winning in Milwaukee and finishing second at Chicago. He finished 10th in the championship, despite contesting only nine of the 12 rounds.

Fernandez Racing Record

Year

Series

Drivers

Starts

Wins

Poles

Best Result

Final Standings/Notes

2002

CART

Adrian Fernandez
Shinji Nakano
Max Papis
Luis Diaz

16
19
2
1

0
0
0
0

2
0
0
0

2nd
4th
3rd
19th

14th/injured at Vancouver, Australia
17th/top five at Chicago & Toronto
19th/ran at Mid-Ohio & Fontana
23rd/ran only at Mexico City

2001

CART

Adrian Fernandez
Shinji Nakano

20
20

0
0

0
0

3rd
8th

18th/two third place finishes
26th/best finish in Japan