IRL: Kentucky: Kosuke Matsuura Saturday report

Qualifying Rainout Leaves Matsuura 15th in Kentucky Qualifying for the Amber Alert Portal Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway was canceled due to rain this afternoon, placing Kosuke Matsuura on Row Eight of the grid as a result of combined practice ...

Qualifying Rainout Leaves Matsuura 15th in Kentucky

Qualifying for the Amber Alert Portal Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway was canceled due to rain this afternoon, placing Kosuke Matsuura on Row Eight of the grid as a result of combined practice times. Matsuura claimed his career-best IndyCar Series finish to date on the 1.5-mile oval last year with a strong run to fourth place. Despite his 15th-place starting position -- only 0.2337 seconds off the fastest time of the day -- Matsuura is pleased with the handling of his #55 Panasonic machine and is optimistic of a strong finish in tomorrow's 200-lap race.

Kosuke Matsuura, #55 Panasonic ARTA Panoz/Honda/Firestone:
"This is one of my favorite circuits, and last year I had my best result [of the season] here. After the practice sessions, I think we found a pretty good setup and I was ready for qualifying so we are a little bit disappointed because of the rain. The race is 200 laps and I think we have a good race setup as well. I'll be ready for the 200 laps tomorrow and I am looking forward to a top-five finish."

KOSUKE MATSUURA FAST FACTS: Will be making his second start at Kentucky and 28th IndyCar Series career start-- 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-- 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.

-fernandezracing.com

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