IRL: Chicagoland: Kosuke Matsuura preview

Matsuura Looking to End Season Strongly The 2006 IndyCar Series schedule comes to a close this weekend with the PEAK Antifreeze Indy 300 at Chicagoland Speedway, and Kosuke Matsuura will be looking to end his third year in the series on a high...

Matsuura Looking to End Season Strongly

The 2006 IndyCar Series schedule comes to a close this weekend with the PEAK Antifreeze Indy 300 at Chicagoland Speedway, and Kosuke Matsuura will be looking to end his third year in the series on a high note. The 2004 Rookie of the Year endured a rollercoaster ride of a season starting in mid-July where he fell from ninth in the point standings as a result of three DNF's [did not finish] in the last five events.

Matsuura has shown his adeptness on the 1.5-mile oval circuits, claiming his career-best result to date of fourth at Kentucky and finishing nine of his 18 career 1.5-mile starts in the top 10. Despite his fondness for the Chicagoland circuit, Matsuura is hoping for a change of fortune on the challenging tri-oval. He was eliminated from a potential top-six finish with an electrical problem in 2004, and watched from the sidelines last year after running over debris from a major incident which sent him into the Turn Four wall.

Kosuke Matsuura At-A-Glance:

Started 12th at Chicagoland last year, but retired after hitting debris from a major incident

Kosuke Matsuura, #55 Panasonic ARTA Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "I always enjoy racing at the Chicagoland track even though I haven't had the best of luck there and have yet to make it to the end of the race. Two years ago, we had an electrical problem that put us out which was a big disappointment because that was the race that Adrian [Fernandez, team owner] won and I think we would have had a strong result as well. Last year, I couldn't avoid debris from an accident and crashed. I am hoping that we can end the season with a really good result this weekend."

-credit: www.superagurifernandezracing.net

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