IRL: Nashville: Kosuke Matsuura preview

Matsuura Set to Challenge in Nashville The challenging 1.33-mile concrete tri-oval of Nashville Superspeedway will play host to Round Nine of IndyCar Series competition this weekend with the Firestone Indy 200. Kosuke Matsuura heads to Music ...

Matsuura Set to Challenge in Nashville

The challenging 1.33-mile concrete tri-oval of Nashville Superspeedway will play host to Round Nine of IndyCar Series competition this weekend with the Firestone Indy 200. Kosuke Matsuura heads to Music City looking to improve on a ninth-place result from his Nashville debut last season. Matsuura has claimed a pair of top-10 results in the two previous night races this year at Texas and Richmond, and will be looking to shine in the third and final evening event on the 2005 schedule.

Matsuura has had a rollercoaster ride of a season to date. In eight races, he has watched the conclusion from the sidelines in four as a result of contact or mechanical problems. In the four races he did finish, however, Matsuura has produced top-10 drives. With Nashville marking the mid-point of the season and kicking off a string of six races in seven weeks, Matsuura will be aiming to improve upon his best result this season of seventh in Texas.

Will be preparing for his second start at Nashville and 25th IndyCar Series career start
Started 14th at Nashville last year and finished ninth
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 at St. Petersburg
Career best finish to date was fourth at Kentucky last season
Currently sits 14th in the point standings, 21 points shy of the top 10

Kosuke Matsuura, #55 Panasonic ARTA Panoz/Honda/Firestone:

"I am looking forward to a good result this weekend. This is quite a difficult track and very bumpy, but we had a good run here last year. The last race in Kansas was very disappointing because we were not able to finish. I went back to Japan after the race to visit with sponsors and, even though it was a business trip, I feel relaxed and refreshed. I think we can have a strong second half of the season."

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.

-fernandezracing.com.

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