Matsuura Claims Sixth Spot on Day Two Weather: Initially low 80s (F), cloudy, southwest winds 16 mph with a brief thunderstorm early afternoon; track re-opened for afternoon practice at 4:45 pm with temperatures in the low 80s. Practice ...
Matsuura Claims Sixth Spot on Day Two
Weather: Initially low 80s (F), cloudy, southwest winds 16 mph with a brief thunderstorm early afternoon; track re-opened for afternoon practice at 4:45 pm with temperatures in the low 80s.
Practice Summary: Mechanical problem in morning/strong run in afternoon
Number of Laps: 53 -- [Matsuura completed 22 laps prior to the early afternoon thunderstorm]
Kosuke Matsuura, #55 Panasonic ARTA Panoz G Force/Honda/Firestone:
"We had a mechanical problem this morning and lost a lot of time. Fortunately we found and fixed the problem and my car was coming back like yesterday. There is still something we are missing. I had understeer when we put on new tires; it was okay for two or three laps but not after that."
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:
"The #55 Panasonic team had a first taste of the real Indy today with a mechanical problem that sent the engineers scratching their heads and then a little bit of rain. We were able to come back this afternoon with a repeatable car from yesterday, and close out the day with a strong speed. Everything is good right now and we are looking forward to tomorrow."