Understeer Slows Matsuura's Run in Milwaukee Kosuke Matsuura will make his second career start at the demanding Milwaukee Mile oval from the 20th spot on the grid after understeer problems impacted Matsuura's qualifying run this afternoon for...
Understeer Slows Matsuura's Run in Milwaukee
Kosuke Matsuura will make his second career start at the demanding Milwaukee Mile oval from the 20th spot on the grid after understeer problems impacted Matsuura's qualifying run this afternoon for the ABC Supply Company -- AJ Foyt 225. As temperatures increased from this morning's practice session, Matsuura found himself with his hands full as he battled significant understeer on the #55 Panasonic machine.
Matsuura was able to come back from a 22nd starting position last year at the Milwaukee circuit to finish 10th. He has finished every one-mile oval event he has contested, and will be looking to improve on his best result to date this season of seventh in tomorrow's 225-lap sprint.
Kosuke Matsuura, #55 Panasonic ARTA Panoz/Honda/Firestone: "Practice was okay and I think we were looking good for qualifying but the track temperature changed a lot and I had a massive understeer. I couldn't do anything. I am disappointed, but it is a long race and nobody knows what will happen. We need to move forward and concentrate on the next session this afternoon. Qualifying is over, and all we can do is focus on making a good race car."
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.