Matsuura Stops Early - Holds Sixth Spot Weather: Initially low 80s (F), sunny with winds out of the south at 15 mph; around 84 during the afternoon, partly cloudy and breezy with winds out of the south at 14 mph with gusts to 20 mph. Practice...
Matsuura Stops Early - Holds Sixth Spot
Weather: Initially low 80s (F), sunny with winds out of the south at 15 mph; around 84 during the afternoon, partly cloudy and breezy with winds out of the south at 14 mph with gusts to 20 mph.
Practice Summary: Matsuura went out at 11:15 am for his first practice run and, within five laps, was shown as the fastest with a lap of 220.605 mph; the team returned to the garage for setup changes shortly afterward with Matsuura P2 after teammate Adrian Fernandez assumed the top spot; Matsuura began his second practice run at 1:30 pm but was unable to improve upon his morning speed due to understeer and the team returned to the garage at 2:20 pm to make adjustments with Matsuura shown as P3; Matsuura returned to the track at 4:10 pm for his final run of the day, finishing at 4:40 pm with the third fastest speed of the day at that point.
Number of Laps: 63
Kosuke Matsuura, #55 Panasonic ARTA Panoz G Force/Honda/Firestone:
"Today was not as good as yesterday. We used two sets of new tires and I did my best lap on old tires, but the time was quite good. Today, under the hot conditions, the car wasn't very good but we were able to make some changes to fix it. I am very happy with the performance but we need to work more with the car because the wind was very strong this week and the gear ratios make a big difference."
FAST FACTS: This will be his fourth IRL IndyCar Series start-- currently leads the Bombardier Rookie of the Year standings and sits 10th in the championship points -- posted IRL career-best qualifying effort of fourth and best finish-to-date of eighth at the last race held in Japan-- 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.
Tom Anderson, Managing Director:
"This was another decent day for the #55 Panasonic team. We were caught out a little bit by a few changes that we made during the day with some new pieces that we had from G Force which were different than what we had anticipated so it took most of the day to come to grips with those. As the day wore on, everything settled down and we were able to get the speed back so I am quite pleased with where we left off today."