Matsuura 15th in Tight Kansas Grid Kosuke Matsuura will make his second career start at Kansas Speedway from the eighth row of the grid after qualifying 15th this afternoon for the Argent Mortgage Indy 300. Matsuura, who has claimed top-10...
Matsuura 15th in Tight Kansas Grid
Kosuke Matsuura will make his second career start at Kansas Speedway from the eighth row of the grid after qualifying 15th this afternoon for the Argent Mortgage Indy 300. Matsuura, who has claimed top-10 results in the past two events, was only 0.2950 seconds off the fastest time with the entire field separated by 0.6968 seconds. Matsuura deems the 1.5-mile Kansas City tri-oval as his favorite circuit on the 17-race IndyCar Series tour. Unable to play out a strong run last year due to contact, Matsuura will be looking to take care of unfinished business in Sunday's 200-lap race.
Kosuke Matsuura, #55 Panasonic ARTA Panoz/Honda/Firestone:
"The handling of the car was good, just the speed was slow. It was the exact same problem that we had at the Texas race. I think we have a really good car for the race and I am confident for tomorrow. We just needed to come up with a little bit more speed for qualifying."
KOSUKE MATSUURA FAST FACTS:
Will be preparing for his second start at Kansas and 24th IndyCar Series career start-- started 8th at Kansas last year and finished 18th due to contact-- has made nine career 1.5-mile oval starts-- recorded his career-best result to date of fourth on the 1.5-mile oval at Kentucky-- career-best 1.5-mile oval start was fourth at Japan and Texas last year-- recorded his best finish to date this season of seventh in Texas on June 11-- claimed best starting position to date this season of seventh in St. Petersburg-- currently sits 12th in the championship standings, only 12 points out of the top 10-- is in his second season of IndyCar Series competition-- earned 2004 Bombardier Rookie of the Year honors-- named 2004 Bank One Rookie of the Year at the Indianapolis 500-- recorded his IndyCar Series career-best finish of fourth at Kentucky Speedway last season, and claimed his career-best starting position of second at Michigan-- 25 years old from Aichi, Japan-- finished third in the 2003 Formula Renault V6 Eurocup Championship with three wins and eight podiums-- finished second in German F3 competition in 2002 with two wins and six pole positions-- won the 2000 Japanese Formula Dream Championship with six wins and eight pole positions-- currently resides in Indianapolis, Indiana.