IRL: Motegi: Kosuke Matsuura Friday report

Matsuura Sixth on the Grid for Homeland Race Heavy rain continued to hinder IndyCar Series track activities at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit resulting in the cancellation of qualifying this afternoon. The starting grid for tomorrow's Bridgestone...

Matsuura Sixth on the Grid for Homeland Race

Heavy rain continued to hinder IndyCar Series track activities at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit resulting in the cancellation of qualifying this afternoon. The starting grid for tomorrow's Bridgestone Indy Japan 300 has been set by championship points, and Kosuke Matsuura will be lining up in sixth position. [Matsuura is tied in fifth place in the point standings with Tony Kanaan, but Kanaan has a higher finishing result to date which moves Matsuura to sixth.]

Teams were able to take to the track for a 90-minute final practice session with Matsuura setting the fifth-fastest time overall.

Tomorrow's 200-lap/300-mile race will mark Matsuura's third career start on the 1.5-mile oval. He has finished in the top 10 in both previous appearances, and claimed his best result of eighth in 2004.

Kosuke Matsuura, #55 Panasonic ARTA Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
"I am really happy to be back at the Motegi race. This is the biggest race for me. Unfortunately, the weather has been bad and limited our practice and canceled qualifying. I will start sixth tomorrow but, if we could have had qualifying, I think we could have started in the second row. Still, sixth is a good starting position in front of all the fans we have here. The final practice session was very good. The car's handling is quite good. It is just a little tight in traffic coming off Turn Four. I think the car is quite competitive, and I am very confident and excited for the race."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tony Kanaan , Kosuke Matsuura