IRL: Michigan: Kosuke Matsuura preview

Matsuura Looking to Resume Pace at Michigan Kosuke Matsuura will be preparing to make his fifth superspeedway career start this weekend as the IndyCar Series returns to Michigan International Speedway for the Firestone Indy 400. Matsuura had ...

Matsuura Looking to Resume Pace at Michigan

Kosuke Matsuura will be preparing to make his fifth superspeedway career start this weekend as the IndyCar Series returns to Michigan International Speedway for the Firestone Indy 400. Matsuura had a strong showing in his first visit to the Brooklyn oval last season, claiming the second-fastest time overall in pre-race practice activities and a front row starting position. He ran with the lead pack throughout most of the 200-lap race, but contact in the latter stages required a green-flag pit stop to replace a damaged front wing setting Matsuura a lap down.

* Will be making his second start at Michigan and 27th IndyCar Series career start

* Started second at Michigan last year and finished 17th

* Recorded best finish to date this season of seventh at Texas

* Best starting position to date this season was seventh at St. Petersburg

* Career best finish to date was fourth at Kentucky last season

* Currently sits 14th in the point standings

Kosuke Matsuura, #55 Panasonic ARTA Panoz/Honda/Firestone:
"We were very strong at Michigan last year. We had an eventful race -- too eventful -- and I am looking forward to getting the result we missed out on. In 200 laps, a lot can happen, but I feel very confident going in. The racing is always exciting at Michigan, and I think the fans will see another great show."

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-- 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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