IRL: Kansas: SAFR, Matsuura qualifying report

Matsuura to Start Eighth in Kansas Kosuke Matsuura [Kohs-kay Mat-sur-ah] qualified eighth this afternoon for Sunday's Argent Mortgage Kansas Indy 300 at Kansas Speedway. Matsuura's lap of 26.2255 208.652 mph was only 0.1859 seconds off pole ...

Matsuura to Start Eighth in Kansas

Kosuke Matsuura [Kohs-kay Mat-sur-ah] qualified eighth this afternoon for Sunday's Argent Mortgage Kansas Indy 300 at Kansas Speedway. Matsuura's lap of 26.2255 208.652 mph was only 0.1859 seconds off pole position in a close grid with the 21 starters covered by 0.6868 seconds. Matsuura, who currently leads the Bombardier Rookie of the Year standings, will be making his seventh IRL IndyCar Series start.

Weather: At the start of practice, 73 F and overcast with winds out of the west/northwest at 8 to 13 mph; for MBNA Pole Qualifying, 75F and partly cloudy with winds out of the west at 15 mph.

Practice Recap: Matsuura claimed the eighth fastest time overall in the two 30-minute practice sessions leading up to qualifying with a best lap of 26.2695 208.302 mph. He completed 60 laps.

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

"The car was quite good but I think on this track it is mostly the car during qualifying, and we had 90 percent of the car's potential for this result. I was flat out all around. For the race, it will be a lot different. I think we can have a very good result and hopefully I can finish the race, not like Richmond and Texas."

FAST FACTS: Will be making his seventh IRL IndyCar Series career start-- currently leads the Bombardier Rookie of the Year standings by 32 points-- currently sits 13th in the championship standings, 18 points out of the top 10-- claimed best starting position to date of fourth at Texas and Japan-- posted best finishing position to date of eighth in Japan-- is ranked fifth in laps completed for the season, only failing to finish at Texas-- 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.

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