IRL: Texas: Kosuke Matsuura preview

Matsuura Eager to Improve on Results at Texas Motor Speedway Kosuke Matsuura returns to one of his favorite tracks on the IndyCar Series calendar as Texas Motor Speedway prepares to host the first night race of 2006 this Saturday. Matsuura has...

Matsuura Eager to Improve on Results at Texas Motor Speedway

Kosuke Matsuura returns to one of his favorite tracks on the IndyCar Series calendar as Texas Motor Speedway prepares to host the first night race of 2006 this Saturday. Matsuura has had mixed results on the challenging and fast 1.5-mile oval. In 2004, two strong runs resulted in DNF's (did not finish) when he was sidelined by electrical and gearbox problems. However, Matsuura had a solid seventh-place finish in 2005 and is all the more hungry for a top-fivemshowing this weekend.

Three top-seven finishes to date this season have propelled Matsuura to seventh place in the tightly-packed point standings -- in a tie with Danica Patrick.

Kosuke Matsuura -- At-A-Glance:

* Will be making his fourth career start at Texas

* Finished seventh at Texas last year -- his best result to date - after starting 14th

* Claimed best starting position at Texas of fourth in 2004

* Led the first laps of IndyCar Series career at Texas in 2004

* Is currently tied for seventh place in the point standings

* Has claimed three top-seven results to date this season with a best finish of sixth at Homestead

Kosuke Matsuura, #55 Panasonic ARTA Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
"This is one of my favorite tracks. The team always comes here with a good setup, and we had a great race last year. I am looking forward to a good result this weekend. Last Sunday at Watkins Glen was very disappointing. It was the first race this year that we didn't finish because of my mistake. I want to make up for that this Saturday."

-safr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Kosuke Matsuura , Danica Patrick