IRL: Kentucky: Kosuke Matsuura preview

Matsuura Looking to Notch Career-Best in Kentucky Kosuke Matsuura and the Super Aguri Fernandez Racing team head to one of their favorite tracks on the 2006 IndyCar Series tour this weekend as Kentucky Speedway hosts Round 12 of competition with...

Matsuura Looking to Notch Career-Best in Kentucky

Kosuke Matsuura and the Super Aguri Fernandez Racing team head to one of their favorite tracks on the 2006 IndyCar Series tour this weekend as Kentucky Speedway hosts Round 12 of competition with the Meijer Indy 300. Matsuura has claimed four top-eight results in the four 1.5-mile oval events held to date this season, and will be looking to improve on his fourth-place run at Kentucky's 1.5-mile oval in 2004, which remains his series' career best. Adding to Matsuura's optimism for the weekend are the results of team co-owner Adrian Fernandez and Scott Sharp of Delphi Fernandez Racing who claimed victory at Kentucky in 2004 and 2005 respectively.

Matsuura's season-to-date snapshot includes six top-10 finishes with a best finish of sixth in the opening race at Homestead. Currently 13th in the standings, he is embroiled in a tights points battle with only 25 points separating him from seventh in the championship.

Kosuke Matsuura At-A-Glance:

Will be making his third career start at Kentucky and 45th IndyCar Series career start

Career-best IndyCar Series finish was fourth at Kentucky in 2004

Finished eighth at Kentucky last year after starting 15th due to a qualifying rainout

Kosuke Matsuura, #55 Panasonic ARTA Dallara/Honda/Firestone:

"I have a lot of confidence going into the race this weekend. We have been strong on the 1.5-mile tracks this season, and the team has won at Kentucky two years in a row [Adrian Fernandez in 2004, and Scott Sharp in 2005]. I am going to do my best to make it my turn this year. My highest result on an oval was fourth here at Kentucky, and my goal this weekend is definitely a top-three finish. This is one of my favorite circuits."

-credit: www.superagurifernandezracing.net

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Sharp , Adrian Fernandez , Kosuke Matsuura