Suzuki joins with Fernandez to form team

Former Formula 1 driver Aguri Suzuki has linked up with veteran Champ Car star Adrian Fernandez to launch a new Indy Racing League team

Suzuki joins with Fernandez to form team

Super Aguri Fernandez Racing will run Japanese-American driver Roger Yasukawa in a Honda powered Dallara. The team will run out of Fernandez Racing's headquarters in Indianapolis.

"We are very excited to team with the Super Aguri Company and Aguri Suzuki," said Fernandez Racing co-owner Tom Anderson. "This is a great opportunity for both of our companies to grow and learn from each other. It is also a great opportunity to continue our relationship with Honda as they enter into the IRL."

Since Suzuki retired from driving in 1995 he has helped promote young Japanese drivers through the Autobacs Racing Team Aguri Project. He said: "Since the ARTA project was launched five years ago with the goal to produce a top-level Japanese driver, I have gained many precious insights. I have arrived at the conclusion that by having a team in a top category, the goal of young Japanese drivers may become clear."

Fernandez will continue to drive for his team in CART next season. "Fernandez Racing joins several teams that have or have had entries in both open-wheel series," he said. "We look forward to our new association with Aguri Suzuki, and to mounting successful campaigns on both playing fields."

Driver Yasukawa won the 1999 Barber Dodge Pro Series Rookie of the Year award, and finished fourth in the championship in 2001. He ran a part-season of Toyota Atlantic this year, finishing tenth in the points and winning at Milwaukee.

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