IRL: Kansas: SAFR, Kosuke Matsuura preview

Matsuura Looking to Rebound at Kansas City Bombardier Rookie of the Year points leader Kosuke Matsuura [Kohs-kay Mat-sur-ah] is ready for a change of fortune as the IRL IndyCar® Series heads to Kansas Speedway this weekend for the Argent...

Matsuura Looking to Rebound at Kansas City

Bombardier Rookie of the Year points leader Kosuke Matsuura [Kohs-kay Mat-sur-ah] is ready for a change of fortune as the IRL IndyCar® Series heads to Kansas Speedway this weekend for the Argent Mortgage Kansas Indy 300. Following an impressive start to the 16-race season, Matsuura has not found the results the past two races after being sidelined with an electrical problem in Texas three weeks ago and hindered by a stop-and-go penalty at Richmond last weekend.

Matsuura, who earned Bank One Rookie of the Year honors at the Indianapolis 500, is currently ranked 13th in the championship standings. Just 18 points out of the top 10, a strong finish on the 1.5-mile tri-oval this Sunday could move Matsuura up substantially in a tight points battle for the series championship.

* Will be making his seventh IRL IndyCar Series career start

* Currently leads the Bombardier Rookie of the Year standings by 32 points

* Currently sits 13th in the championship point standings, 18 points out of the top 10

* Claimed best starting position to date of fourth at Texas and Japan, both 1.5-mile ovals

* Posted best finishing position to date of eighth in Japan

* Is ranked fifth in laps completed for the season, only failing to finish at Texas

Kosuke Matsuura, #55 Panasonic ARTA Panoz G Force/Honda/Firestone:
"I am excited to race in Kansas Speedway. It is a high-speed oval track and I couldn't finish the race on the other high-speed oval track, so I would like to do well this time in Kansas. I've never been to Kansas City so I am excited to meet the IndyCar racing fans there."

FAST FACTS: 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.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Kosuke Matsuura , Aguri Suzuki