IRL: Pikes Peak: Kosuke Matsuura preview

Matsuura Approaches Honda Indy 225 with Confidence Kosuke Matsuura carries confidence into his second career start at Pikes Peak International Raceway this weekend as the IndyCar Series heads to the Rocky Mountain region for Sunday's Honda Indy...

Matsuura Approaches Honda Indy 225 with Confidence

Kosuke Matsuura carries confidence into his second career start at Pikes Peak International Raceway this weekend as the IndyCar Series heads to the Rocky Mountain region for Sunday's Honda Indy 225. Despite a difficult start to his debut at the one-mile tri-oval last year, with a practice crash sending him to his back-up car, Matsuura put forth a solid effort in the race and is looking to put that past experience on the demanding circuit into play this weekend.

Following a character-building month of July with a sequence of events leading to three dnf's (did not finish) for the 2004 Rookie of the Year, Matsuura rebounded last weekend with a strong run to finish eighth at Kentucky Speedway. He is looking to build on that momentum and break into the top five this Sunday as the end of the season draws near with five races remaining.

* Will be making his second start at Pikes Peak and 29th IndyCar Series career start

* Finished 13th at Pikes Peak last year after starting 22nd following a practice crash and qualifying rainout

* Scored his fifth top-10 finish of the season in the last event at Kentucky

* Recorded best finish to date this season of seventh at Texas

* Best starting position to date this season was seventh at St. Petersburg

* Currently sits 13th in the point standings

Kosuke Matsuura, #55 Panasonic ARTA Panoz/Honda/Firestone: "I did not have a good start at Pikes Peak last year after I crashed in practice, but I was able to come back and finish the race and I learned a lot about competing at this track. It is a challenging track. Adrian [Fernandez] finished second here last year, and we have a good setup going in. With the momentum the team has from last weekend with Scott's [Sharp] win, I am really looking forward to the race. My goal is a top-five finish."

KOSUKE MATSUURA FAST FACTS: 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 in 2004-- 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.

-www.superagurifernandezracing.net

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