IRL: Indy 500: Kosuke Matsuura day nine report

Super Aguri Fernandez Racing Trackside Report May 18, 2005 Matsuura Fourth Quickest as Focus Moves to Race Setup Weather: 74 F with winds out of the south at 10 mph for the start of practice. At 3:00 pm, 78 with winds at 12 mph out of the ...

Super Aguri Fernandez Racing Trackside Report May 18, 2005

Matsuura Fourth Quickest as Focus Moves to Race Setup

Weather: 74 F with winds out of the south at 10 mph for the start of practice. At 3:00 pm, 78 with winds at 12 mph out of the southeast.

Practice Summary: Matsuura took to the track at the start of practice, completing his run at 4:00 pm with the team focusing on race setup. Matsuura was shown in fourth position at the conclusion of his outing. A full run was planned for today with the threat of thunderstorms looming for tomorrow.

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

"This is our first full day working on the race setup. I had a little bit of a problem in Turn Two with the car being neutral. We made a change and the car was better but at the end of the day, the car had the same feeling. Our times were okay, but sometimes there was too much push or too much loose. We will continue to work more on the setup this week and look at my teammates' setup as well. I am confident we will have a good car for the race."

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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