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Matsuura Finishes Fourth in Belterra Casino Indy 300 Rookie points leader Kosuke Matsuura [Kohs-kay Mat-sur-ah] claimed his career-best IRL IndyCar® Series finish this afternoon with a fourth-place drive in the Belterra Casino Indy 300....

Matsuura Finishes Fourth in Belterra Casino Indy 300

Rookie points leader Kosuke Matsuura [Kohs-kay Mat-sur-ah] claimed his career-best IRL IndyCar® Series finish this afternoon with a fourth-place drive in the Belterra Casino Indy 300. Matsuura, who qualified 10th, fell back in the early stages of the 200-lap race but mounted a strong charge with 50 laps remaining to join teammate and race winner Adrian Fernandez at the front of the field.

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

"I am very happy with our fourth-place finish today, and very happy for Adrian [Fernandez] with his win today. Adrian helped me a lot for the race. We were talking at the [IRL] autograph session last night, and he gave me some good advice and also some things to think about with the car. We decided to change the setup on my car to match his. The first 150 laps were only okay, but we were able to charge to the front at the end. I want to say thanks to Adrian and the whole team, and congratulations to Honda for the Manufacturer's Championship."

FAST FACTS: This was his 11th IRL IndyCar Series start-- currently leads the Bombardier Rookie of the Year standings-- recorded his career-best starting position of second at Michigan two weeks ago-- previous best finishing position was eighth in Japan-- has finished 11th or better in seven of 11 IndyCar Series starts-- currently sits 13th in the championship point standings-- 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.

Tom Anderson, Managing Director:

"Today is the day that I believe Kosuke Matsuura grew up. He had an opportunity to throw it all away a couple of times and he didn't. He waited; he was patient. In the middle of the race, we were quite a ways back and needed to be patient. We had a great stop on his last pit stop, and he drove a very, very mature and professional race. To me, this is probably the turning point for Kosuke. It was a tremendous job that he did today. I am really pleased on that front. You can't say enough about what Honda has done this year. Congratulations to them for winning the Manufacturer's Championship for 2004. The Firestone's were so good today that we didn't always change four tires. It was a great event and we certainly appreciate the effort by the entire team."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Adrian Fernandez , Tom Anderson , Kosuke Matsuura , Aguri Suzuki