Matsuura Top Speed Charts Weather: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the low 80's and southwest winds at 18 mph with gusts up to 25 mph for the start of the first practice session (10:00 am - 12:00 pm CT); second practice session began at 2:30...
Matsuura Top Speed Charts
Weather: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the low 80's and southwest winds at 18 mph with gusts up to 25 mph for the start of the first practice session (10:00 am - 12:00 pm CT); second practice session began at 2:30 pm CT under partly cloudy skies with temperatures at 84F and winds out of the southwest at 20 mph.
Practice Summary: Matsuura completed 29 laps in the #55 T-car, setting the fastest speed of the morning practice session with a lap of 218.300 mph; Matsuura returned to the track at 3:10 pm in the back-up car with the team practicing hot pit stops; Matsuura completed his practice run at 4:30 pm, holding the second spot on the speed charts behind teammate Adrian Fernandez.
Kosuke Matsuura, #55 Panasonic ARTA Panoz G Force/Honda/Firestone:
"I did a full tank run of 34 laps complete and the car was very consistent. I tried a lot of things like fuel mixtures and different things, and my car seems to be working very good."
FAST FACTS: Qualified ninth for the Indianapolis 500-- this will be his fourth IRL IndyCar Series start-- currently leads the Bombardier Rookie of the Year standings and sits 10th in the championship points -- posted IRL career-best qualifying effort of fourth and best finish-to-date of eighth at the last race held in Japan-- 24 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.
Tom Anderson, Managing Director:
"I'm very pleased again today with Kosuke's performance in the #55 Panasonic car. We scrubbed some tires for the race and we are very happy with the performance of the Firestones. We did some full tank runs in the T-car and we were very pleased with that. We are in the process of getting the race car ready. We are going to run the T-car a little bit tomorrow just to baseline the race track and then shakedown the race car tomorrow afternoon with a practice engine in it. That will complete our final preparations for Carburetion Day on Thursday."