Matsuura to Start 15th in IRL Season Finale Kosuke Matsuura [Kohs-kay Mat-sur-ah] will start in Row Eight for the IRL IndyCarÂ® Series season finale -- the Chevy 500 -- at Texas Motor Speedway. Matsuura, who was sixth fastest in the one hour ...
Matsuura to Start 15th in IRL Season Finale
Kosuke Matsuura [Kohs-kay Mat-sur-ah] will start in Row Eight for the IRL IndyCar® Series season finale -- the Chevy 500 -- at Texas Motor Speedway. Matsuura, who was sixth fastest in the one hour opening practice session preceding MBNA Pole Qualifying, will start 15th in a 21-car field covered by 0.7754 seconds. He will be working to clinch Rookie of the Year title honors in Sunday's 200-lap race. Matsuura has led the rookie title chase since the start of the season, and enters the race weekend with a 35-point advantage over Ed Carpenter.
Matsuura qualified fourth for the Bombardier 500 at Texas Motor Speedway in June, and led the first laps of his IndyCar Series career during the race. He will be looking to complete unfinished business this weekend, however, as his promising run came to an early end with an electrical problem 50 laps from the checkered flag.
Kosuke Matsuura, #55 Panasonic ARTA Panoz G Force/Honda/Firestone: "This is the last race for us in my rookie season, and hopefully I will get a good result. Qualifying was okay. The car balance was good, but the speed by myself was not fast enough. My mechanics and engineers did a good job, and I believe we can have a good finish."
FAST FACTS: Will be making his 16th IRL IndyCar Series start-- recorded his career-best finish of fourth at Kentucky Speedway-- recorded his career-best starting position of second at Michigan-- currently leads the Bombardier Rookie of the Year standings by 35 points-- currently sits 13th in the championship standings-- 25 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.