Matsuura in Row Nine for Firestone Indy 225 Kosuke Matsuura [Kohs-kay Mat-sur-ah] has qualified in 18th position for Sunday's Firestone Indy 225, the 100th race for the IRL IndyCarÂ® Series. Matsuura has made steady gains in his first appearance...
Matsuura in Row Nine for Firestone Indy 225
Kosuke Matsuura [Kohs-kay Mat-sur-ah] has qualified in 18th position for Sunday's Firestone Indy 225, the 100th race for the IRL IndyCar® Series. Matsuura has made steady gains in his first appearance on the challenging one-mile Nazareth oval, picking up just under two-tenths of a second from his best time on Friday in a tight grid covered by nine-tenths of a second.
The Bombardier Rookie of the Year points leader will be looking to improve on his best one-mile oval result to date of 10th in tomorrow's 225-lap race.
Kosuke Matsuura, #55 Panasonic ARTA Panoz G Force/Honda/Firestone:
"I am very disappointed with qualifying because the second lap was quite good for me. I think I could have had a 20.5 or something like that. Going into Turn Three and shifting from fifth to fourth gear, I couldn't put fourth gear and I lost a couple of tenths there. I had the same problem yesterday. Basically the car was very good today, and I just need to think ahead to the race."
FAST FACTS: 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 Bombardier Rookie of the Year standings by 43 points-- currently sits 13th in the championship standings, only 41 points outside the top 10-- 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.