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Matsuura Qualifies 12th for Final Race of Season Kosuke Matsuura has qualified 12th for the IndyCar Series season-ending Toyota Indy 400 at California Speedway. The race will mark his fourth two-mile oval start. Matsuura claimed a pair of ...

Matsuura Qualifies 12th for Final Race of Season

Kosuke Matsuura has qualified 12th for the IndyCar Series season-ending Toyota Indy 400 at California Speedway. The race will mark his fourth two-mile oval start. Matsuura claimed a pair of sixth-place finishes in the past three events, and will be working for a strong end to the season in tomorrow's 200-lap race. He currently sits 13th in the championship standings, five points out of 11th.

Kosuke Matsuura, #55 Panasonic ARTA Panoz/Honda/Firestone:
"I think it was a really good qualifying effort for us. We had two practice sessions today and struggled with the handling. For qualifying, we made a lot of changes and the car was really good. This is the last race of the season, and I think we can have a very good result tomorrow. I will do my best."

On Honda's announcement today of their commitment to the IndyCar Series through 2009:
"I am really happy to see Honda continue with the IRL through 2009. I want to stay with this series and Honda as long as I can, and be part of the Honda family. As soon as I can, I want to give them their first win by a Japanese driver. "

KOSUKE MATSUURA FAST FACTS: Will be making his 33rd IndyCar Series career start-- has claimed seven top-10 finishes to date this season-- currently sits 13th in the championship standings-- 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.

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