IRL: Motegi: Kosuke Matsuura day one practice report

Matsuura Pleased with Opening Practice in Japan Kosuke Matsuura logged the ninth fastest time following two practice sessions today in preparation for the Bridgestone Indy Japan 300, Round Four of the IRL IndyCar Series. Matsuura was in the...

Matsuura Pleased with Opening Practice in Japan

Kosuke Matsuura logged the ninth fastest time following two practice sessions today in preparation for the Bridgestone Indy Japan 300, Round Four of the IRL IndyCar Series. Matsuura was in the first group for both sessions, battling understeer and a dirty race track during his initial outing at his homeland circuit to post a best lap of 28.1801 194.180 mph. He was able to make substantial gains in the final 45-minute practice session to move into the top 10 overall at the 1.5-mile Twin Ring Motegi oval.

Matsuura, who started fourth last year, will be aiming for the front of the grid when qualifying for Saturday's 200-lap race gets underway tomorrow.

Kosuke Matsuura, #55 Panasonic ARTA Panoz/Honda/Firestone:

"I am very excited to be back at the Motegi circuit. In the first practice session the car was a little bit unbalanced and we had too much push, especially in Turn Four. The track was also dirty. In the second session, the car was much better. We improved our time by almost one second. Last year, I was in exactly the same situation where we had too much push at the beginning. For tomorrow, I am very confident for qualifying."

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