Matsuura/Fernandez Fastest on Day Three at Indy Rookie Bumps Teammate/Boss for Top Spot Weather: Initially high 70s (F), sunny with a few clouds, southeast winds at 7 mph; highs in the low 80s during the afternoon, scattered clouds with winds...
Matsuura/Fernandez Fastest on Day Three at Indy
Rookie Bumps Teammate/Boss for Top Spot
Weather: Initially high 70s (F), sunny with a few clouds, southeast winds at 7 mph; highs in the low 80s during the afternoon, scattered clouds with winds out of the south at 12 mph.
Practice Summary: Matsuura went out at 11:00 am for his first practice run and turned his quickest lap to date at 219.818 mph, which held second spot on the speed charts throughout most of the day behind teammate Adrian Fernandez; Matsuura returned to the track briefly at 2:50 pm but returned to the garage for changes shortly afterwards -- he was still shown in P2 at that point; Matsuura went out for his final run at 4:00 pm and set the fastest lap to date, 221.857 mph, moving into the top spot ahead of Fernandez before calling it a day.
Number of Laps: 56
Kosuke Matsuura, #55 Panasonic ARTA Panoz G Force/Honda/Firestone:
"It was a great day. It is not qualifying; it is a test day, but it was a good day. Our car was very good and the Honda engine as well, and the team did a very good job. Adrian and I, both our cars were very quick and very strong which is good. We will see for this Saturday. It depends on the weather and how conditions change but it is the same for everyone. We need some luck for the qualifying, but I am very confident."
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:
"I am very pleased with Kosuke's progress today. As we mentioned yesterday, we thought the car was back to where it needed to be last night, and that proved correct. Today we were able to go back to business and slowly pick up a bit of time on the extra speed we are going to need for qualifying on Saturday. It was good progress today; everything is in balance. We will hopefully have a few more gains tomorrow and we will continue to take it in small steps as we try to build momentum for the weekend."