IRL: Texas: Kosuke Matsuura preview

Matsuura Brings Confidence to Texas Debut Super Aguri Fernandez Racing heads to the southwest this weekend as the IRL IndyCar® Series makes the first of two visits this season to Texas Motor Speedway. The 1.5-mile oval located 20 minutes north...

Matsuura Brings Confidence to Texas Debut

Super Aguri Fernandez Racing heads to the southwest this weekend as the IRL IndyCar® Series makes the first of two visits this season to Texas Motor Speedway. The 1.5-mile oval located 20 minutes north of Fort Worth is known for its exciting competition, having hosted four of the closest finishes in IndyCar Series history. Saturday's Bombardier 500k marks the first night race on the 2004 schedule.

Kosuke Matsuura [Kohs-kay Mat-sur-ah], the Indianapolis 500 Bank One Rookie of the Year, was consistently near or at the top of the speed charts throughout practice activities last month for the Indy 500. Piloting the #55 Panasonic ARTA Panoz G Force/Honda/Firestone, he posted the best starting (ninth) and finishing (11th) positions by a rookie driver, and is looking to carry his momentum from the month of May to Texas this weekend.

* Will be making his fifth IRL IndyCar Series career start

* Currently leads the Bombardier Rookie of the Year standings by 27 points

* Currently sits 11th in the championship point standings, 10 points out of seventh

* Claimed best starting position to date of fourth in Japan

* Posted best finishing position to date of eighth in Japan

Kosuke Matsuura, #55 Panasonic ARTA Panoz G Force/Honda/Firestone:
"We are coming off a strong month in Indianapolis, and I am looking forward to coming to Texas Motor Speedway. This will be my first visit to Texas and also my first night race so there will be a lot to learn. It will be very different to race at night and I am looking forward to it. The races there [at Texas] are always exciting, and there are a lot of fans that come to see us race. We have been improving every race as a team, and it has really helped me to have Adrian [Fernandez] as a teammate. I will do my best and hopefully we will have good results at Texas."

FAST FACTS: 24 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.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Kosuke Matsuura , Aguri Suzuki