IRL: Michigan: SAFR, Matsuura Saturday report

Matsuura to Start Second in Michigan Rookie points leader Kosuke Matsuura [Kohs-kay Mat-sur-ah] claimed his career best IRL IndyCar® Series starting position this afternoon with a third-place qualifying run at the Michigan Indy 400. Matsuura...

Matsuura to Start Second in Michigan

Rookie points leader Kosuke Matsuura [Kohs-kay Mat-sur-ah] claimed his career best IRL IndyCar® Series starting position this afternoon with a third-place qualifying run at the Michigan Indy 400. Matsuura moved up to the front row after second-place qualifier Helio Castroneves was sent to the back of the grid for an engine change after MBNA Pole Qualifying.

Matsuura has been strong throughout practice activities leading up to qualifying at Michigan International Speedway, recording the second-fastest time overall. This will be his first front-row start, after starting twice from the second row with fourth-place qualifying runs at Texas and Japan. Matsuura will be looking for his fourth top-10 finish of the season in tomorrow's 200-lap race.

Weather: For the start of practice, mostly sunny with temperatures at 70 F and winds out of the west at eight mph; temperatures at 73 F at the start of MBNA Pole Qualifying.

Practice Recap: Matsuura was second-quickest in the morning practice session with a best lap of 33.4951 214.957 mph.

Kosuke Matsuura, #55 Panasonic ARTA Panoz G Force/Honda/Firestone:
"We did a very good job. We put everything together and everything is going well. I expected that the speeds would be a bit slower [in qualifying] than this, and we went with a slightly shorter gear. That's why I couldn't pass Helio [Castroneves]. I think if I had a longer gear, I would have been able to move up into second place. In the end we moved up, and hopefully we will have a good car for the race."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Kosuke Matsuura