IRL: Kentucky: Kosuke Matsuura preview

Matsuura Looking for Turning Point at Kentucky The IndyCar Series returns to action this weekend with the Amber Alert Portal Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway. Kosuke Matsuura claimed his career-best result in the series on the 1.5-mile tri-oval...

Matsuura Looking for Turning Point at Kentucky

The IndyCar Series returns to action this weekend with the Amber Alert Portal Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway. Kosuke Matsuura claimed his career-best result in the series on the 1.5-mile tri-oval last year with a strong run to fourth place, and will be looking for similar fortune this Sunday after a disappointing month of July.

Matsuura has watched results fall by the wayside in three of the last four races, enduring a "what can happen next" sequence of events. He was sidelined with a water leak in Kansas, eliminated by contact with an official vehicle in Nashville and retired as a victim to a late-race accident in Michigan -- each time while running in the top 10. Matsuura is more than ready to bring his season back on track, and will be looking for a solid result this weekend.

* Will be making his second start at Kentucky and 28th IndyCar Series career start

* Claimed his IndyCar Series career best finish to date of fourth at Kentucky last year after starting 10th

* Recorded best finish to date this season of seventh on the 1.5-mile Texas oval

* Best starting position to date this season was seventh at St. Petersburg

* Currently sits 13th in the point standings

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

"I am really looking forward to returning to Kentucky. Adrian [Fernandez] won the race last year and I finished fourth, so it was a great weekend for our team. We have a good setup for the 1.5-mile tracks and I have a lot of confidence going into the weekend. We have had some bad luck lately and I am hoping that this will be the race where we can turn things around."

KOSUKE MATSUURA FAST FACTS: Is in his second season of IndyCar Series competition-- earned 2004 Bombardier Rookie of the Year honors-- named 2004 Bank One Rookie of the Year at the Indianapolis 500-- recorded his IndyCar Series career-best finish of fourth at Kentucky Speedway last season, and claimed his career-best starting position of second at Michigan in 2004-- 25 years old from Aichi, Japan-- 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-- currently resides in Indianapolis, Indiana.

-www.superagurifernandezracing.net

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