IRL: Indy 500: Kosuke Matsuura Carb Day report

Matsuura Ready for Race Kosuke Matsuura [Kohs-kay Mat-sur-ah] Fast Facts: * This will be his 3 rd Indianapolis 500 * Qualified on the inside of the Third Row in seventh position with a four-lap average of 225.503 mph, his best starting ...

Matsuura Ready for Race

Kosuke Matsuura [Kohs-kay Mat-sur-ah] Fast Facts:

* This will be his 3 rd Indianapolis 500

* Qualified on the inside of the Third Row in seventh position with a four-lap average of 225.503 mph, his best starting position at Indianapolis

* This was his third top-10 qualifying effort at Indy (eighth in 2005 and ninth in 2004)

* Was the 2004 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year and American Dairy Assn. of Indiana Fastest Rookie of the Year

* Claimed his best result in the Indy 500 in 2004, finishing 11th

* Is one of only six Japanese drivers to have competed in the Indianapolis 500 (Tora Takagi, Hiro Matsushita, Hideshi Matsuda, Shigeaki Hattori and Shinji Nakano)

* Best finish by a Japanese driver to date was fifth (Takagi in 2003)

* Is in his third season of IndyCar Series competition and will be making his 37 th career start

* Earned IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year honors in 2004

* Is currently sixth in the 2006 championship standings with three top-seven results

* Best finish to date this season was sixth at Homestead

* 26 years old from Aichi, Japan

* Currently resides in Indianapolis, Indiana

* Made his US racing debut in 2004 in the IndyCar Series

* 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

* Is part of team owner and ex-Formula One driver Aguri Suzuki's ARTA (Autobacs Racing Team Aguri) Project driver development program

* Is an avid golfer

Kosuke Matsuura, #55 Panasonic ARTA Dallara/Honda/Firestone -- Starting 7th:

"This was our last run before the race. Everything feels okay, but I think we had a little too much downforce for today. For the race, the weather should be a lot warmer and I think we will be okay. The car has a pretty good balance."

-www.superagurifernandezracing.net

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tora Takagi , Shinji Nakano , Kosuke Matsuura , Aguri Suzuki , Matsuda Hideshi