Matsuura Qualifies Fifth at Kansas Speedway Kosuke Matsuura continued his strong showing at Kansas Speedway this afternoon. Matsuura was third quickest in the morning practice session and fifth quickest overall at the conclusion of 90 minutes of...
Matsuura Qualifies Fifth at Kansas Speedway
Kosuke Matsuura continued his strong showing at Kansas Speedway this afternoon. Matsuura was third quickest in the morning practice session and fifth quickest overall at the conclusion of 90 minutes of track time today on the 1.5-mile oval, and will start Sunday's Kansas Lottery Indy 300 from fifth position on the grid. The result is his career-best starting position at Kansas, and his best qualifying effort to date this season. Matsuura's qualifying run was only 0.1365 seconds off the pole-winning time set by Dan Wheldon.
Matsuura, who currently sits one point out of tenth in the championship standings, will be making his third career start at Kansas Speedway tomorrow. Despite promising runs at Kansas the past two years, Matsuura has yet to see the checkered flag. In his 2004 debut, Matsuura was collected in a two-car incident with 25 laps remaining in the race having run as high as sixth. Last season, Matsuura watched from the sidelines after encountering a water leak on Lap 133 of 200 laps while running in the top 10.
Kosuke Matsuura, #55 Panasonic ARTA Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
"The team did a great job after the test here. We improved the car balance a lot. I am very happy with this starting position. We are getting closer to the teams ahead of us. I was about one hundredth of a second slower than Helio [Castroneves] in fourth position. I am very excited. I think the race is going to be difficult because there is a patch between the two grooves [racing lines] which is very slippery, but our car balance is very good so I am pretty excited for the race."