Matsuura/Fernandez Top Speed Charts Weather: At the start of practice (12:15 pm CT), 77F and cloudy with winds out of the south at 13 mph; temperatures in upper 70s mid-afternoon with overcast skies and southwest winds at 10 mph; at 3:00 pm, ...
Matsuura/Fernandez Top Speed Charts
Weather: At the start of practice (12:15 pm CT), 77F and cloudy with winds out of the south at 13 mph; temperatures in upper 70s mid-afternoon with overcast skies and southwest winds at 10 mph; at 3:00 pm, winds out of the south at 14 mph with temperatures at 81F; sunny skies and 83F with 13 mph winds out of the southwest at 5:00 pm.
Practice Summary: Matsuura began his first practice run at 12:45 pm; Matsuura returned to the garage at 1:30 pm and was shown in sixth position with a lap of 217.702 mph; Matsuura resumed practice at 2:00 pm and set his fastest lap of the day -- 219.823 mph -- on his 64th lap, which was good enough for second on the speed charts behind teammate Adrian Fernandez; Matsuura improved to a best lap of 220.784 mph at 5:00 pm to claim the fastest speed of the day and concluded his practice run.
Number of Laps: 102
Fastest Speeds of the Day:
1. Kosuke Matsuura 220.784 mph
2. Adrian Fernandez 220.007 mph
Kosuke Matsuura, #55 Panasonic ARTA Panoz G Force/Honda/Firestone:
"We had the quickest time but I am not happy because the car is not like my primary car. There is something strange. You have more understeer sometimes and then a loose car, and sometimes we are influenced by the wind and the car changes so much. Yesterday we found little problems with the car and I think we have similar problems today and that is why I am not happy."
FAST FACTS: Qualified ninth for the Indianapolis 500-- 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:
"We ran all day today with the #55 Panasonic car on purpose. We chased a race track with different conditions all day and threw a lot of variables at the car trying to simulate all sorts of race conditions. There was a lot of traffic on the race track today so that helped. We also mileaged out an engine for Honda to conclude their test, and I'm very pleased with the results of that. As far as the chassis changes and setup today, we had pressed Kosuke to the limit so it was only justifiable that we rewarded him with a low fuel tank, new tire run so that he could have a good time late in the day. That was a little extra for him for a hard day's work and doing a lot of the necessary things that we must go through. Mileage was the key issue today as well as the handling in traffic."