Matsuura Hoping Rain Would Hold Off in Milwaukee Test MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin (June 17, 2004) -- Kosuke Matsuura [Kohs-kay Mat-sur-ah] made his first appearance at the historic Milwaukee Mile oval yesterday as the IRL IndyCarÂ® Series field turned...
Matsuura Hoping Rain Would Hold Off in Milwaukee Test
MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin (June 17, 2004) -- Kosuke Matsuura [Kohs-kay Mat-sur-ah] made his first appearance at the historic Milwaukee Mile oval yesterday as the IRL IndyCar® Series field turned its first laps in a scheduled two-day Open Test. Matsuura was able to complete 180 laps and was a respectable seven-tenths of a second off the fastest time on the challenging one-mile circuit yesterday before rains cancelled track activity for today.
Matsuura, who leads the Bombardier Rookie of the Year standings and earned Bank One Rookie of the Year honors at the Indianapolis 500, encountered his first DNF (did not finish) of the season at Texas Motor Speedway last weekend after being sidelined with an electrical problem. He currently sits 12th in the championship point standings, 13 points out of the top 10.
The IRL IndyCar Series will be contesting its first race at The Milwaukee Mile on July 25 -- the Menards A.J. Foyt Indy 225.
NEXT UP: Super Aguri Fernandez Racing will head to Richmond International Raceway next week for the SunTrust Indy Challenge -- the second night race on the 2004 schedule -- to be held June 26.
Kosuke Matsuura, #55 Panasonic ARTA Panoz G Force/Honda/Firestone: "The test was not so good and not so bad. This is my first time at this track and we started with a big understeer. We were able to improve the car but I was really hoping to run today. This is a very difficult track. It is an oval, but it is a very different type of oval. Still, we learned a lot which will help us for the race."
FAST FACTS: Will be making his sixth IRL IndyCar Series career start at Richmond-- currently leads the Bombardier Rookie of the Year standings by 28 points-- currently sits 12th in the championship standings -- claimed best starting position to date of fourth in Japan and Texas-- posted best finishing position to date of eighth in Japan-- 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:
"Kosuke started to make friends with the Milwaukee Mile. Obviously, as he found out, it is more challenging than it looks driving around in a street car. This is the beginning of Kosuke's learning curve at Milwaukee, and it would have been extremely important for him to have another opportunity to run today but that wasn't to be due to the weather. We'll take the information we have and start to build on it for the race here in July."