IRL: Indy 500: Kosuke Matsuura day four report

Matsuura 14th with only Nine Laps on Day Two Weather: At the start of practice, 86 F with winds out of the west-southwest at 10 mph. At 3:00 pm, 90 F with winds out of the southwest at eight mph. Yellow flag for moisture at 5:30 pm. Practice...

Matsuura 14th with only Nine Laps on Day Two

Weather: At the start of practice, 86 F with winds out of the west-southwest at 10 mph. At 3:00 pm, 90 F with winds out of the southwest at eight mph. Yellow flag for moisture at 5:30 pm.

Practice Summary: Matsuura went out for his first practice run at 12:00 pm. Twenty minutes into the session, Matsuura spun while avoiding an accident involving Buddy Rice. Although Matsuura did not suffer any contact, there was extensive damage to the #55 car from debris on the race track. Matsuura completed nine laps for the day, posting a top speed of 224.393 mph.

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

"After our first run, I had the quickest time and the car was quite good. On my second run, I was behind Buddy Rice and he spun just in front of me in Turn Two. I almost crashed. I had damage to my car from his debris, and it took a long time to fix these problems and we were not able to get back out. My teammate, Scott Sharp, was trying our new setup and things are looking good. For tomorrow, I think we can have all three of our cars in the top five."

KOSUKE MATSUURA FAST FACTS: Will be preparing for his second Indianapolis 500 start and his 21st IndyCar Series career start-- qualified ninth and finished 11th last year, the highest qualifying and finishing positions among the eight rookie challengers-- named Bank One Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year-- earned American Dairy Association of Indiana Fastest Rookie of the Year honors-- claimed his best finish to date this season of ninth in Japan-- posted best qualifying effort to date this season of seventh in St. Petersburg-- is in his second season of IndyCar Series competition-- earned 2004 Bombardier Rookie of the Year honors-- 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.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Sharp , Buddy Rice , Kosuke Matsuura