IRL: Chicagoland: SAFR, Matsuura Saturday report

Matsuura Optimistic for Race Despite Qualifying Run Kosuke Matsuura [Kohs-kay Mat-sur-ah] has qualified on Row Nine for his first career start at Chicagoland Speedway, claiming the 17th starting spot on the grid for Sunday's Delphi Indy 300.

Matsuura Optimistic for Race Despite Qualifying Run

Kosuke Matsuura [Kohs-kay Mat-sur-ah] has qualified on Row Nine for his first career start at Chicagoland Speedway, claiming the 17th starting spot on the grid for Sunday's Delphi Indy 300. Despite a disappointing qualifying run, Matsuura has been pleased with the handling of his #55 Panasonic machine. The rookie points leader claimed his best IRL IndyCar® Series result to date of fourth on the last 1.5-mile oval event which was held at Kentucky Speedway.

Kosuke Matsuura, #55 Panasonic ARTA Panoz G Force/Honda/Firestone:

"Qualifying was very bad. I expected a much better result. I thought our [fourth place] result in Kentucky might be a help for us here, but it hasn't been for both myself and Adrian [Fernandez] - especially for me with the same car, same team and two-tenths slower than Adrian. I am very disappointed. I think the race will be much better than our qualifying. Yesterday, the car was handling very good in the two practice sessions. We just have to work on making a faster car for qualifying."

FAST FACTS: Will be making his 14th IRL IndyCar Series start-- recorded his career-best finish of fourth four weeks ago at Kentucky-- recorded his career-best starting position of second at Michigan-- currently leads the Bombardier Rookie of the Year standings by 43 points-- earned Bank One Rookie of the Year honors at the Indianapolis 500-- best starting position on a 1.5-mile oval was fourth at Japan and Texas-- 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.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Kosuke Matsuura , Aguri Suzuki