Weather: Low 80s (F)/Scattered Clouds/Southwest winds 15 mph Practice Summary: Shakedown/Establish baseline Number of Laps: 24 -- Matsuura was fifth quickest when the team stopped running at 4:10 pm. Kosuke Matsuura, ...
Weather: Low 80s (F)/Scattered Clouds/Southwest winds
Practice Summary: Shakedown/Establish baseline
Number of Laps: 24 -- Matsuura was fifth quickest when the team stopped running at 4:10 pm.
Kosuke Matsuura, #55 Panasonic ARTA Panoz G Force/Honda/Firestone:
"It was the first practice day at Indy and we made a very, very good start. The car was good, same as at the Open Test. It was very windy again. My car was quite good, just in Turns One and Two I started to have push at the exit of the corner. We didn't run that many laps, just enough to get a baseline. Basically it was a very good start today."
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 perfect first day. It was basically a shakedown of the primary car and two good runs at speed. For Kosuke to come back and run 216 [mph] on the first day given the track conditions, the weather conditions, and the lack of rubber on the track when he did the time as well as staying with one set of tires quite comfortably, it was a very good baseline and a good foundation block for the beginning of a long week. The weather forecast right now doesn't show any signs of rain until late in the week so it looks like we'll have plenty of sunshine for the first four days of running in May -- plenty of time to do what we need to do. It was a perfect day."