Matsuura 12th in Tight Grid for Firestone Indy 400 Kosuke Matsuura claimed a sixth row starting position this afternoon for the Firestone Indy 400, a race that will mark his second career start at Michigan International Speedway. Matsuura, who...
Matsuura 12th in Tight Grid for Firestone Indy 400
Kosuke Matsuura claimed a sixth row starting position this afternoon for the Firestone Indy 400, a race that will mark his second career start at Michigan International Speedway. Matsuura, who was shown as eighth-quickest overall after two 45-minute practice sessions, was unable to match his practice pace in qualifying. His best lap was 0.2649 seconds off of pole in a tight field that is covered by one second.
Matsuura produced a strong showing in his Michigan debut last season, starting on the front row and running with the lead pack throughout most of the race. After being eliminated from contention due to a green flag pit stop to replace a damaged front wing, Matsuura will be looking to take care of unfinished business in tomorrow's 200-lap race.
Kosuke Matsuura, #55 Panasonic ARTA Panoz/Honda/Firestone: "I am a little bit disappointed because I see Scott's time and he did a pretty good time, and I thought I would be right up there as well. I don't know why because we have almost the same setup, gear ratios, aero package, everything. I am almost two-tenths [of a second] slower than him which is a big gap. This morning in practice, we were almost the same. It will be a long race tomorrow, I think we will have a pretty good race. I am looking forward to it."
KOSUKE MATSUURA FAST FACTS: Will be making his second start at Michigan and 27th IndyCar Series career start-- started second at Michigan last year and finished 17th-- recorded best finish to date this season of seventh at Texas-- best starting position to date this season was seventh at St. Petersburg-- currently sits 14th in the point standings-- 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-- 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.