IRL: Super Aguri Fernandez Racing to test Kousuke Matsuura

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (November 10, 2003) -- Super Aguri Fernandez Racing begins preparations for its second season of IRL IndyCar competition with a test of Japanese driving talent Kousuke Matsuura at Phoenix International Raceway this week.

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (November 10, 2003) -- Super Aguri Fernandez Racing begins preparations for its second season of IRL IndyCar competition with a test of Japanese driving talent Kousuke Matsuura at Phoenix International Raceway this week. Matsuura will take his first laps in the team's Dallara/Honda/Firestone tomorrow in a scheduled two-day outing on the one-mile oval located just outside of Phoenix.

Matsuura, 24, of Aichi, Japan, most recently drove for the ARTA-Signature team, finishing third in the 2003 Formula Renault V6 Eurocup championship with three wins and six consecutive podium finishes in the final rounds. Matsuura began his career in karts at the age of 15 and, after laying claim to several championship titles, was invited to attend the Suzuka Racing School Formula (SRS-F) -- a premiere driver's training program based in Japan -- in 1999.

After claiming the 2000 Formula Dream champion's title, Matsuura graduated to the German Formula 3 Championship with the help of the ARTA Project run by Super Aguri Fernandez Racing Co-Owner Aguri Suzuki. He finished second in the 2002 German F3 Championship with the Prema Powerteam, remaining in contention for the championship until the final rounds. His accomplishments in F3 competition earned Matsuura a test with the Lucky Strike BAR Honda Formula One team last December.

In addition to Aguri Suzuki, Co-Owner Adrian Fernandez, Managing Director Tom Anderson and Race Engineer John Dick will be on hand for the test.

Super Aguri Fernandez Racing will be confirming its driver line-up for the 2004 IRL IndyCar Series in the near future.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Adrian Fernandez , Tom Anderson , Aguri Suzuki