Former Rookie of the Year Set to Challenge in 2006 IndyCar Series Campaign INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (January 23) -- Team owners Aguri Suzuki and Adrian Fernandez today announced that Kosuke Matsuura will return to Super Aguri Fernandez Racing to...
Former Rookie of the Year Set to Challenge in 2006 IndyCar Series Campaign
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (January 23) -- Team owners Aguri Suzuki and Adrian Fernandez today announced that Kosuke Matsuura will return to Super Aguri Fernandez Racing to contest the 2006 IndyCar Series. Matsuura will pilot the #55 Panasonic ARTA Dallara/Honda/Firestone entry in his third season of IndyCar Series competition.
"I am pleased to announce our continued participation in the IRL with Kosuke Matsuura as our driver," said Suzuki. "Kosuke has gained a lot of experience these past two seasons in his first years of oval track racing, and I believe that he will show us great performances in 2006. With the continued support of Panasonic and Autobacs, I look forward to an exciting season."
Matsuura, 26, of Aichi, Japan, joined Super Aguri Fernandez Racing in 2004 after three successful years of European competition that saw Matsuura place second and third in the German Formula 3 and Formula Renault V6 Eurocup Championships respectively.
"We are very excited to have Kosuke back with the team this year," added Fernandez. "Kosuke endured a frustrating season last year with a lot of misfortune. I think we will see his true potential this year, and I know his first race win is not far off."
After earning IndyCar Series and Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year honors in his debut season, Matsuura suffered through a disappointing 2005 with eight DNF's (did not finish) in 17 starts. His best results were a pair of sixth-place finishes on the road course events held at Infineon Raceway and Watkins Glen International.
"I am excited to be a part of Super Aguri Fernandez Racing again this year," said Matsuura. "I have learned a lot these past two years, even through the bad luck we had last season, and feel that we will be very strong in 2006. I want to thank Aguri and Adrian for their support and for giving me this opportunity. I am ready to challenge for not only race wins, but the championship as well."
Matsuura will begin preparations for the new season this week with the IndyCar Series Open Test at Phoenix International Raceway on Tuesday and Wednesday.
"We are excited to have Kosuke back for a third season," added Tom Anderson, managing director. "I have always been impressed with his natural driving ability and appetite for speed. With the experience he has gained on the ovals, he has everything he needs for success this season. I am looking forward to a great year."
Super Aguri Fernandez Racing was formed in December of 2002 by Aguri Suzuki, one of Japan's most successful Grand Prix drivers, and Mexican driving talent Adrian Fernandez. For additional information, please visit www.superagurifernandezracing.net. Additional information on the IndyCar Series can be found at www.indyracing.com.