Matsuura Receives Fastest Rookie of the Year Award Super Aguri Fernandez Racing driving talent Kosuke Matsuura was presented with the American Dairy Association of Indiana's Fastest Rookie of the Year Award this afternoon at a luncheon attended...
Matsuura Receives Fastest Rookie of the Year Award
Super Aguri Fernandez Racing driving talent Kosuke Matsuura was presented with the American Dairy Association of Indiana's Fastest Rookie of the Year Award this afternoon at a luncheon attended by representatives of the Midwest dairy industry, members of the auto racing fraternity and local, national and international sports media.
Since 1975, the American Dairy Association of Indiana has been recognizing the freshman driver that posts the fastest four-lap average speed during qualifications for the Indianapolis 500. Last year's recipient was 2003 IRL IndyCar Series Champion Scott Dixon.
Matsuura claimed the top rookie qualifying spot with a consistent run of 220.713 mph, 220.683 mph, 220.705 mph and 220.859 mph for a four-lap average of 220.740 mph. He will make his first Indy 500 start from the outside of Row Three. Matsuura is one of eight rookies in the 33-car field.
"I'm so happy for receiving the 30th fastest rookie award today," said Matsuura. "I heard that this award is one of the oldest awards and I am very honored to become part of it. Although it has been a very busy month for me, things are going great so far and I hope that I will do well on Sunday.
"I want to thank the American Dairy Association, and also Panasonic, Autobacs and Honda for their support and the team for the great job."
MATSUURA FAST FACTS: This will be his fourth IRL IndyCar Series start-- currently leads the Bombardier Rookie of the Year standings and sits 10th in the championship points -- posted IRL career-best qualifying effort of fourth and best finish-to-date of eighth at the last race held in Japan-- 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.