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Matsuura 18th in Qualifying at California Speedway Kosuke Matsuura [Kohs-kay Mat-sur-ah] will make his first career start at California Speedway in 18th position on the grid after MBNA Pole Qualifying for Sunday's Toyota Indy 400. Matsuura, who...

Matsuura 18th in Qualifying at California Speedway

Kosuke Matsuura [Kohs-kay Mat-sur-ah] will make his first career start at California Speedway in 18th position on the grid after MBNA Pole Qualifying for Sunday's Toyota Indy 400. Matsuura, who was eighth quickest overall yesterday, was disappointed with his run after qualifying second at the previous two-mile event at Michigan International Speedway.

A strong showing in Sunday's 200-lap race -- the second to last round of 2004 IRL IndyCar® Series competition -- could clinch Bombardier Rookie of the Year honors for Matsuura, who has led the rookie title chase since the start of the season.

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

"I am very disappointed because I was expecting a much better time. Adrian had a great time and great speed and, from Adrian, we are missing three or four tenths [of a second]. We have to look and figure out where we are losing before the final practice. The race is long, 200 laps which is 400 miles, and I will try to improve as much as I can and do my best."

FAST FACTS: Will be making his 15th IRL IndyCar Series start-- recorded his career-best finish of fourth at Kentucky Speedway-- recorded his career-best starting position of second at Michigan-- currently leads the Bombardier Rookie of the Year standings by 36 points-- currently sits 13th in the championship standings-- earned Bank One Rookie of the Year and American Dairy Association of Indiana's Fastest Rookie of the Year honors at the Indianapolis 500-- 25 years old from Aichi, Japan-- began his career in karts at the age of 14-- finished third in the 2003 Formula Renault V6 Eurocup-- finished second in the 2002 German Formula 3 Championship-- won the 2000 Japanese Formula Dream Series Championship before heading to Europe in 2001 to compete in German F3-- has been a member of Co-Owner Aguri Suzuki's ARTA (Autobacs Racing Team Aguri) driver development project since 1998 after climbing up the Japanese karting ranks--currently resides in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Kosuke Matsuura , Aguri Suzuki