IRL: Milwaukee: Kosuke Matsuura Friday report

Matsuura Optimistic Despite Slow Start in Milwaukee Opening practice activities were underway at The Milwaukee Mile today in preparation for Sunday's ABC Supply Company -- AJ Foyt 225. Kosuke Matsuura battled understeer on the challenging ...

Matsuura Optimistic Despite Slow Start in Milwaukee

Opening practice activities were underway at The Milwaukee Mile today in preparation for Sunday's ABC Supply Company -- AJ Foyt 225. Kosuke Matsuura battled understeer on the challenging one-mile oval as he worked to dial in the #55 Panasonic machine. He will have one additional practice session tomorrow prior to Marlboro Pole Award qualifying at 12:35 pm CT. Matsuura made his first appearance at the historic West Allis circuit last year, finishing 10th.

Kosuke Matsuura, #55 Panasonic ARTA Panoz/Honda/Firestone:
"This is the first day of running, and I knew this track was going to be very tough for us. Last year, I had a pretty big crash here and I am still a little bit uneasy when I go into Turns Three and Four. I think we can have a good car for tomorrow. We will work on putting Scott's and my setup together tomorrow morning, and I think we will have a good qualifying run."

KOSUKE MATSUURA FAST FACTS: Will be making his second start at Milwaukee and 26th IndyCar Series career start-- started 22nd at Milwaukee last year and finished 10th-- has four top-10 finishes to date this season-- recorded best finish to date this season of seventh at Texas-- best starting position to date this season was seventh in St. Petersburg-- currently sits 13th in the point standings-- 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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