IRL: Nashville: Kosuke Matsuura Friday report

Matsuura 18th After Rain Cancels Qualifying The starting grid for Saturday's Firestone Indy 200 has been decided by practice times as IndyCar Series qualifying was canceled at Nashville Superspeedway this afternoon due to rain. Kosuke Matsuura...

Matsuura 18th After Rain Cancels Qualifying

The starting grid for Saturday's Firestone Indy 200 has been decided by practice times as IndyCar Series qualifying was canceled at Nashville Superspeedway this afternoon due to rain. Kosuke Matsuura will be making his second career start on the 1.33-mile oval from Row Nine after lining up 18th based on his best time from two practice sessions prior to qualifying. The entire 23-car field is separated by only 0.6442 seconds.

Matsuura finished ninth in his debut at Nashville Superspeedway last season. He will be looking to improve on that result in tomorrow evening's 200-lap race.

Kosuke Matsuura, #55 Panasonic ARTA Panoz/Honda/Firestone: "With the rain this afternoon, we couldn't qualify. I am really disappointed because I know that I could have had a better time. We were not working on our qualifying setup this morning, so I didn't take off any drag. I think I could have been two-tenths quicker than my best time, but these are the results and we have to concentrate on the race now. I think we have quite a good race car, and I am pretty confident for the race."

KOSUKE MATSUURA FAST FACTS: Will be preparing for his second start at Nashville and 25th IndyCar Series career start-- started 14th at Nashville last year and finished ninth-- has four top-10 finishes to date this season-- recorded best finish to date this season of seventh at Texas-- best starting position to date this season was seventh in St. Petersburg-- currently sits 14th in the point standings, 21 points shy of the top 10-- 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.

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