IRL: Kentucky: Kosuke Matsuura race report

Matsuura Finishes Eighth in Kentucky Kosuke Matsuura produced a solid run to end the Amber Alert Portal Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway with an eighth-place result this afternoon. Matsuura started 14th after rain cancelled qualifying activities,...

Matsuura Finishes Eighth in Kentucky

Kosuke Matsuura produced a solid run to end the Amber Alert Portal Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway with an eighth-place result this afternoon. Matsuura started 14th after rain cancelled qualifying activities, but had moved up into the top 10 by the second lap. He continued to battle in the top 10 amongst the lead pack throughout the race, and jumped from seventh to fourth with an impressive restart on Lap 175 of the 200-lap event. Matsuura, however, was unable to maintain or improve upon his position in the ensuing 25-lap shootout to the checkered flag. Today's result is Matsuura's fifth top-10 finish of the season.

Kosuke Matsuura, #55 Panasonic ARTA Panoz/Honda/Firestone:

"First of all, I would like to congratulate Scott for winning the race. He did a great job and I am very happy for him and the team. It was a good race for me and I was able to make a good restart there at the end but, unfortunately, I was not able to bring home a better result. My car was very good and I was really hoping for a top-five finish today. The team has a lot of momentum right now, and I am looking forward to our race next weekend at Pikes Peak."

KOSUKE MATSUURA FAST FACTS: This was his second start at Kentucky and 28th IndyCar Series career start-- 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-- 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.

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