IRL: Kentucky: SAFR, Matsuura Saturday report

Matsuura to Start 10th in Belterra Casino Indy 300 Rookie points leader Kosuke Matsuura [Kohs-kay Mat-sur-ah] will make his 11th IRL IndyCar Series start from Row Five of the grid after qualifying 10th for tomorrow's Belterra Casino Indy 300.

Matsuura to Start 10th in Belterra Casino Indy 300

Rookie points leader Kosuke Matsuura [Kohs-kay Mat-sur-ah] will make his 11th IRL IndyCar Series start from Row Five of the grid after qualifying 10th for tomorrow's Belterra Casino Indy 300. Matsuura was unable to match his earlier practice pace during MBNA Pole Qualifying at Kentucky Speedway this afternoon. However, his qualifying lap of 24.8592 214.327 mph was only 0.1944 seconds off of the pole-winning time in a tight field covered by 0.5782 seconds.

Weather: For the start of the first practice session, temperatures at 67 F under sunny skies with variable winds at 3 mph; temperatures hovering at 70 F for the start of the second practice session, with winds out of the north at 9 mph; temperatures at 71 F with 5 mph winds out of the north for qualifying.

Practice Recap: Matsuura was 15th fastest in opening practice with a best lap of 25.1703 211.678 mph; Matsuura improved to claim the sixth fastest time in the second of two 45-minute practice sessions with a best lap of 24.7880 214.943 mph.

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

"I am disappointed with 10th place. The feeling of the car was good, but something was wrong. I didn't have enough speed and I had quite a long gear that, in the end, was not correct. We still have a final practice session tomorrow, and we need to work on the car under drafting conditions. The car was not so good in traffic this morning."

FAST FACTS: Will be making his 11th IRL IndyCar Series start-- currently leads the Bombardier Rookie of the Year standings by 37 points-- recorded his career-best starting position of second at Michigan two weeks ago-- posted best finishing position of eighth in Japan-- has finished 11th or better in six of 10 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.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Kosuke Matsuura , Aguri Suzuki