IRL: Milwaukee: SAFR, Kosuke Matsuura preview

Matsuura Looking for Results in Milwaukee Debut Super Aguri Fernandez Racing will head to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, this weekend as the IRL IndyCar® Series prepares to make its debut at the legendary Milwaukee Mile with the Menards AJ Foyt Indy 225.

Matsuura Looking for Results in Milwaukee Debut

Super Aguri Fernandez Racing will head to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, this weekend as the IRL IndyCar® Series prepares to make its debut at the legendary Milwaukee Mile with the Menards AJ Foyt Indy 225. The historic circuit has been hosting motorsports events since 1903, and underwent an impressive $20 million renovation last year.

Rookie points leader Kosuke Matsuura [Kohs-kay Mat-sur-ah], who had his first glimpse of the challenging one-mile oval in an IRL Open Test last month, is on the rebound following a mid-season string of misfortune. Matsuura began to turn things around for the second half of the season last weekend at Nashville, claiming his second top-10 finish. He also moved up a few notches on his learning curve after being without radio communication from both the team and his spotter throughout the most of the race.

* Will be making his ninth IRL IndyCar Series career start
* Currently leads the Bombardier Rookie of the Year standings by 39 points
* Currently sits 14th in the championship point standings, 25 points out of the top 10
* Claimed best starting position to date of fourth at Texas and Japan
* Finished ninth in the last event at Nashville Superspeedway
* Posted best finishing position to date of eighth in Japan

Kosuke Matsuura, #55 Panasonic ARTA Panoz G Force/Honda/Firestone:
"I think the Milwaukee race will be a pretty tough race for us, but we will concentrate on our short track setup. This is a very difficult track. Although it is an oval, it is a very different type of oval. Our test there was okay -- not so good and not so bad. We were able to improve the car and the big understeer that we started with but it would have helped to have run the second practice day [which was canceled due to rain]. Adrian [Fernandez] has a lot of experience at this track, which will help us this weekend. This is the halfway point of the season, and it is important to do well in the last eight races."

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Series IndyCar
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