IRL: Nazareth: SAFR, Kosuke Matsuura preview

Matsuura Aiming for Results in Rookie Season The IRL IndyCar® Series concludes its August swing of back-to-back races at Nazareth Speedway this weekend with the Firestone Indy 225. Rookie points leader Kosuke Matsuura [Kohs-kay Mat-sur-ah] has...

Matsuura Aiming for Results in Rookie Season

The IRL IndyCar® Series concludes its August swing of back-to-back races at Nazareth Speedway this weekend with the Firestone Indy 225. Rookie points leader Kosuke Matsuura [Kohs-kay Mat-sur-ah] has qualified in the first two rows three times this season, and captured his best IndyCar Series result two weeks ago in Kentucky with a fourth-place run. He experienced a setback last weekend, however, when he crashed in practice for the Honda Indy 225. Matsuura started 22nd in his back-up car as a result, but came back with a mature drive to claim a 13th-place finish despite having less than 30 minutes of track time in the #55 Panasonic T-car.

With only four races remaining on the 2004 calendar, Matsuura is looking for results to complement his learning curve in IndyCar Series competition.


* Will be making his 13th IRL IndyCar Series start
* Recorded his career-best finish of fourth two weeks ago in Kentucky
* Recorded his career-best starting position of second at Michigan four weeks ago
* Currently leads the Bombardier Rookie of the Year standings by 43 points
* Best finish on a one-mile oval was 10th in Milwaukee
* Best starting position on a one-mile oval was 10th in Phoenix
* Currently sits 13th in the championship standings, only 41 points outside the top 10

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

"Our last one-mile oval race was at Pikes Peak, and that was not a good weekend for me after I crashed in practice. I was very happy to finish that race and I think I learned a lot about the smaller ovals. I have never been to the Nazareth track, but I will do my best for a good result this weekend. It is important to finish the season strong and have good results in the last four races."

FAST FACTS: 24 years old from Aichi, Japan-- began his career in karts at the age of 14-- finished third in the 2003 Formula Renault V6 Eurocup-- finished second in the 2002 German Formula 3 Championship-- won the 2000 Japanese Formula Dream Series Championship before heading to Europe in 2001 to compete in German F3-- has been a member of Co-Owner Aguri Suzuki's ARTA (Autobacs Racing Team Aguri) driver development project since 1998 after climbing up the Japanese karting ranks--currently resides in Indianapolis, Indiana.

-www.superagurifernandezracing.net

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Kosuke Matsuura , Aguri Suzuki