IRL: Kosuke Matsuura Phoenix open test report

Matsuura Ready for Start of Season Kosuke Matsuura claimed the 16th fastest time of the day after a rain-shortened afternoon practice as the IRL IndyCar® Series concluded pre-season testing today following a two-day outing at ...

Matsuura Ready for Start of Season

Kosuke Matsuura claimed the 16th fastest time of the day after a rain-shortened afternoon practice as the IRL IndyCar® Series concluded pre-season testing today following a two-day outing at Phoenix International Raceway. Matsuura, who was only 0.3698 seconds off the fastest time of the 20-car field, was able to improve by 0.2570 seconds over his best yesterday on the one-mile tri-oval as the team focused on working through its short-oval setup checklist.

Matsuura is preparing for his second season of IndyCar Series competition. The 2004 Bombardier Rookie of the Year was impressive in the series' initial Open Test at Homestead-Miami Speedway in January, posting the fourth-quickest time on the oval and eighth-fastest time in the Indy Racing League's first road course test.

The IndyCar Series 2005 season opens on March 6 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Kosuke Matsuura, #55 Panasonic ARTA Panoz/Honda/Firestone:
"It is too bad that we couldn't complete the afternoon session due to rain. We had a plan to try some different setups on the first day and concentrate on race preparations the second day. It went well but it was so hard to keep the balance of the car on old tires. I am sure the weather conditions will be different and warmer when we come back here for the race, so I am not worried. However, we have some things to improve."

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