IRL: Chicagoland: Kosuke Matsuura preview

Matsuura Aiming for the Top at Chicagoland Three races remain on the 2005 schedule as the IndyCar Series returns to action this weekend with the Peak® Antifreeze Indy 300 at Chicagoland Speedway, and Kosuke Matsuura is looking to end his second...

Matsuura Aiming for the Top at Chicagoland

Three races remain on the 2005 schedule as the IndyCar Series returns to action this weekend with the Peak® Antifreeze Indy 300 at Chicagoland Speedway, and Kosuke Matsuura is looking to end his second season of IndyCar Series competition on a high note. He has claimed a pair of top-eight finishes in the past three events, including a 2005 season-high result of sixth two weeks ago at Infineon Raceway. Following a successful test at the 1.5-mile circuit last Thursday, Matsuura is hoping to make his first trip to Victory Circle this weekend.

* Will be making his 31st IndyCar Series career start

* Finished 21st in his Chicagoland debut last year after retiring with an electrical problem

* Posted his best result of 2005 two weeks ago at Infineon Raceway, finishing sixth

* Has claimed six top-10 finishes to date this season

* Finished eighth in the last 1.5-mile oval race (Kentucky)

* Currently sits 13th in the championship standings

Kosuke Matsuura, #55 Panasonic ARTA Panoz/Honda/Firestone:

"Chicagoland Speedway is one track I couldn't wait to go back to this year. I remember the big disappointment I felt last year when I had an electrical problem and retired from the race right after I started moving up in position. Seeing Adrian [Fernandez] celebrate his win that day, I couldn't wait to come back to this track to try to do the same. I will do my best to make my dream come true and bring a win to the team."

KOSUKE MATSUURA FAST FACTS: Is in his second season of IndyCar Series competition-- earned 2004 Bombardier Rookie of the Year honors-- named 2004 Bank One Rookie of the Year at the Indianapolis 500-- recorded his IndyCar Series career-best finish of fourth at Kentucky Speedway last season, and claimed his career-best starting position of second at Michigan in 2004-- 26 years old from Aichi, Japan-- finished third in the 2003 Formula Renault V6 Eurocup Championship with three wins and eight podiums-- finished second in German F3 competition in 2002 with two wins and six pole positions-- won the 2000 Japanese Formula Dream Championship with six wins and eight pole positions-- currently resides in Indianapolis, Indiana.

-www.superagurifernandezracing.net

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