Matsuura Ninth in Opening Toyota Indy 300 Practice The IRL IndyCarÂ® Series kicked off the start of its 2005 season today with practice for Sunday's Toyota Indy 300. Kosuke Matsuura claimed the ninth fastest time of the day after rain forced...
Matsuura Ninth in Opening Toyota Indy 300 Practice
The IRL IndyCar® Series kicked off the start of its 2005 season today with practice for Sunday's Toyota Indy 300. Kosuke Matsuura claimed the ninth fastest time of the day after rain forced over a three-hour delay in on-track activities at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Matsuura's time was only 0.1740 seconds off the quickest time of the 22-car field claimed by fellow Honda/Panoz driver Buddy Rice.
Matsuura, the 2004 Bombardier Rookie of the Year, made his U.S. racing debut on the 1.5-mile Miami circuit last year, finishing 11th in his first-ever oval start.
Kosuke Matsuura, #55 Panasonic ARTA Panoz/Honda/Firestone:
"This was our first day of practice, and we found a good setup. At the end of the day, I felt I was quite competitive. On the last outing, when I was coming into the pits, I spun just before the pit lane. I lost one set of tires because of my mistake which was very disappointing. Other than that, today was a good start and I have a lot of confidence for this weekend."
KOSUKE MATSUURA FAST FACTS: Will be making his second IndyCar Series appearance at Homestead and his 17th career race start-- started 18th and finished 11th at Homestead last year-- enters his second season of IndyCar Series competition-- is the 2004 Bombardier Rookie of the Year-- also earned Bank One Rookie of the Year honors at the Indianapolis 500-- recorded his IndyCar Series career-best finish of fourth at Kentucky Speedway last season, and claimed his career-best starting position of second at Michigan-- 25 years old from Aichi, Japan-- finished third in the 2003 Formula Renault V6 Eurocup Championship with three wins and eight podiums-- finished second in German F3 competition in 2002 with two wins and six pole positions-- won the 2000 Japanese Formula Dream Championship with six wins and eight pole positions-- currently resides in Indianapolis, Indiana.