Yasukawa Joins Indy Japan 300 Field

Richard DeveauCorrespondent IFebruary 23, 2009

Japanese driver Roger Yasukawa will be joining the Dreyer & Reinbold Racing operation for one race in 2009: the Indy Japan 300 in September at Twin Ring Motegi.

Yasukawa will join the team alongside full-time driver Mike Conway.

"I am very excited that I will be racing again at the Indy Japan this year," Yasukawa said. "I ended my Indy 500 last year with results that I did not expect, but I feel confident about this year racing with a solid team."

In his Indycar career, Yasukawa has raced 18 of 36 races with the Dreyer & Reinbold team with the most recent being the 2007 Indianapolis 500. He's been awarded with nine, top-10 finishes, with a best finish of seventh (twice).

"I started talking with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing right after the Indy 500 last year and finally came to an agreement" he said.

"The team has geared up their engineering staff this year, and I am very confident that we are going to be competitive in the race."

The Sept. 19 event will mark Yawukawa's fifth IndyCar Series start at Twin Ring Motegi.

"We love going to race in Japan every year," team co-owner Dennis Reinbold said. "To be a part of a program to put Roger on the grid in front of his home crowd makes us excited.

"The Japanese fans are very enthusiastic, and that energy is infectious. We couldn't be happier to be a part of that pride when we race in the Indy Japan 300 in September with Mike [Conway] and Roger."