Matsuura Looking for Turning Point at Kentucky The IndyCar Series returns to action this weekend with the Amber Alert Portal Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway. Kosuke Matsuura claimed his career-best result in the series on the 1.5-mile tri-oval...
Matsuura Looking for Turning Point at Kentucky
The IndyCar Series returns to action this weekend with the Amber Alert Portal Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway. Kosuke Matsuura claimed his career-best result in the series on the 1.5-mile tri-oval last year with a strong run to fourth place, and will be looking for similar fortune this Sunday after a disappointing month of July.
Matsuura has watched results fall by the wayside in three of the last four races, enduring a "what can happen next" sequence of events. He was sidelined with a water leak in Kansas, eliminated by contact with an official vehicle in Nashville and retired as a victim to a late-race accident in Michigan -- each time while running in the top 10. Matsuura is more than ready to bring his season back on track, and will be looking for a solid result this weekend.
* Will be making his second start at Kentucky and 28th IndyCar Series career start
* Claimed his IndyCar Series career best finish to date of fourth at Kentucky last year after starting 10th
* Recorded best finish to date this season of seventh on the 1.5-mile Texas oval
* Best starting position to date this season was seventh at St. Petersburg
* Currently sits 13th in the point standings
Kosuke Matsuura, #55 Panasonic ARTA Panoz/Honda/Firestone:
"I am really looking forward to returning to Kentucky. Adrian [Fernandez] won the race last year and I finished fourth, so it was a great weekend for our team. We have a good setup for the 1.5-mile tracks and I have a lot of confidence going into the weekend. We have had some bad luck lately and I am hoping that this will be the race where we can turn things around."
KOSUKE MATSUURA FAST FACTS: 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 in 2004-- 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.