Matsuura Struggles to Find Speed in Infineon Qualifying Kosuke Matsuura was hoping for a better start heading into the IndyCar Series first permanent road course event, the Argent Mortgage Indy Grand Prix. Matsuura qualified 15th at Infineon ...
Matsuura Struggles to Find Speed in Infineon Qualifying
Kosuke Matsuura was hoping for a better start heading into the IndyCar Series first permanent road course event, the Argent Mortgage Indy Grand Prix. Matsuura qualified 15th at Infineon Raceway this afternoon as an overall lack of mechanical grip hampered his performance on the 2.26-mile, 12-turn circuit.
Matsuura last competed on a permanent road course in 2003, in Formula Renault V6 Eurocup competition where he claimed three wins and eight podiums. He will be looking to put that experience into play in tomorrow's 80-lap race.
Kosuke Matsuura, #55 Panasonic ARTA Panoz/Honda/Firestone: "It has been a long time since we have done single lap qualifying and I think I did my best. There is not much difference to my practice times. The car is pretty reasonable but compared to the other drivers, I think we are losing a lot of mechanical grip. We have to figure out why we are losing so much grip. The race is long -- 80 laps -- and it is going to be very hot and very physical. We'll just try to do our best, be patient and finish this race."
KOSUKE MATSUURA FAST FACTS: Will be making his 30th IndyCar Series career start-- last competed on a permanent road course in 2003, in Formula Renault V6 Eurocup-- has claimed five top-10 finishes to date this season-- recorded best finish to date this season of seventh in Texas and best starting position of seventh in St. Petersburg-- currently sits 13th in the championship standings-- 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.