Matsuura Hoping Third Time is a Charm in Kansas Kosuke Matsuura returns to one of his favorite circuits on the IndyCar Series tour -- Kansas Speedway -- with several goals in mind for Sunday's Kansas Lottery Indy 300. His first goal: to finish...
Matsuura Hoping Third Time is a Charm in Kansas
Kosuke Matsuura returns to one of his favorite circuits on the IndyCar Series tour -- Kansas Speedway -- with several goals in mind for Sunday's Kansas Lottery Indy 300. His first goal: to finish the race. Matsuura has yet to see the checkered flag on the 1.5-mile tri-oval. After a strong qualifying run of eighth in his 2004 debut, Matsuura ran as high as sixth in the race before being collected in a two-car incident with 25 laps remaining. Last season, while running in the top 10, Matsuura retired with a water leak on Lap 133.
Matsuura's second goal is points. After a 12th -place finish at Richmond last weekend, Matsuura has dropped outside the top 10 in the championship standings for the first time this season. He is currently placed 11th , albeit only one point outside the top 10 and 43 shy of the top five in a tight points battle mid-season.
Despite the dark cloud hanging over his head at Kansas, Matsuura has a lot of confidence for a strong run this Sunday. At the IndyCar Series Open Test at Kansas Speedway on June 13, Matsuura was fifth-quickest of the 17-car field, only 0.0998 seconds off the second-fastest time set by Dan Wheldon.
Kosuke Matsuura, #55 Panasonic ARTA Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
"We really have a good setup for the 1.5-mile ovals, and I think we will be very strong this weekend. Kansas is one of my favorite tracks, and I always look forward to this race all season. I hope this is the year that I can finish the race and put the bad luck we seem to have here behind us. If that happens, I am confident to finish in the top five."