Matsuura To Start Ninth in 88th Indianapolis 500 Kosuke Matsuura, ...
Matsuura To Start Ninth in 88th Indianapolis 500
Kosuke Matsuura, #55 Panasonic ARTA Panoz G Force/Honda/Firestone:
"I am actually very disappointed because I thought I could have had a better result. Under these conditions with the cold, the car doesn't do as much. Our car wasn't as quick as under hot conditions. I have had a couple of days where I have had good results and I finished top of the rookies today in ninth position. Starting ninth on the outside is a good position to fight for 200 laps and maybe I will have an opportunity to win the race."
FAST FACTS: 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:
"For the #55 Panasonic ARTA team today, I think Kosuke did a great job in qualifying at the speeds that he has been running all month. The speeds that he had earlier were with tows so he ran today what he is capable of and the car performed well. I'm very pleased with the ninth-place starting position. It puts him in a great position for the possibility of winning the Indy 500. The Honda engine did an absolutely outstanding job as the qualifying positions for the first two rows all being Honda shows. The Firestone tires showed they had the grip even on the really cold days. I'm very pleased with that and the performance. Now we will go about the task of attempting to win the Indy 500."