Matsuura Posts Fourth Fastest Speed Weather: At the start of the first practice session (11:15 am - 12:30 pm CT), mostly cloudy and hazy with temperatures at 81F and southwest winds at 9 mph; the temperature at the beginning of the second ...
Matsuura Posts Fourth Fastest Speed
Weather: At the start of the first practice session (11:15 am - 12:30 pm CT), mostly cloudy and hazy with temperatures at 81F and southwest winds at 9 mph; the temperature at the beginning of the second practice session (2:30 pm CT) was 84F with southwest winds at 10 mph; southwest winds picking up to 17 mph and temperatures increasing to 86F at 4:00 pm CT.
Practice Summary: Matsuura set the third fastest lap in the first practice session (11:15 am - 12:30 pm CT) with a lap of 217.208 mph, running a total of 35 laps; Matsuura completed 64 laps in the second practice session (2:15 pm - 5:15 pm), improving to a best lap of 217.520 mph to hold the fourth spot on the speed charts today; he concluded practice at 4:50 pm.
Number of Laps: 98
Kosuke Matsuura, #55 Panasonic ARTA Panoz G Force/Honda/Firestone:
"Today we made a very big improvement because of Adrian's feedback. It was very good. The car is very consistent, also with old tires, and even in the drafting it is very stable. I am very confident for the race."
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:
"It was a very good day for the Panasonic team today. We found some gains with some setups for the traffic, so I'm very pleased with the day. I definitely want to congratulate Honda on their engineering award [Louis Schwitzer Award] today. That was big for them and well deserved for all the effort they put into the program. We plan to do a little bit more running over the next few days to finish our race preparations and get ready for the Indy 500 a week from Sunday."