Matsuura Makes Gains in Practice at Phoenix Kosuke Matsuura [Kohs-kay Mat-sur-ah] prepares for his second IRL IndyCarÂ® Series start this weekend with opening practice for the Indy 200 Copper World Classic today. Matsuura, who has had four days...
Matsuura Makes Gains in Practice at Phoenix
Kosuke Matsuura [Kohs-kay Mat-sur-ah] prepares for his second IRL IndyCar® Series start this weekend with opening practice for the Indy 200 Copper World Classic today. Matsuura, who has had four days of testing on the one-mile oval at Phoenix International Raceway, struggled with setup issues in the first outing but made notable gains in the #55 Panasonic ARTA Panoz G Force/Honda/Firestone this afternoon.
Kosuke Matsuura, #55 Panasonic ARTA Panoz G Force/Honda/Firestone:
"I am glad that Adrian is here and that I have a teammate. I thought things would be easier for me today since we had more data, but I was having a hard time figuring out the setup in the morning. We improved the car for the afternoon so I hope we will be able to figure out the race setup tonight by gathering the data from Adrian and myself. I am looking forward to running quicker tomorrow."
FAST FACTS: This will be his second IRL IndyCar Series start-- qualified 18th and finished 11th at Homestead-- currently sits 11th in the championship standings and leads the Bombardier Rookie of the Year chase-- 24 years old from Aichi, Japan-- began his career in karts at the age of 14-- finished third in the 2003 Formula Renault V6 Eurocup-- finished second in the 2002 German Formula 3 Championship-- won the 2000 Japanese Formula Dream Series Championship before heading to Europe in 2001 to compete in German F3-- has been a member of Co-Owner Aguri Suzuki's ARTA (Autobacs Racing Team Aguri) driver development project since 1998 after climbing up the Japanese karting ranks--currently resides in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Tom Anderson, Managing Director:
"With the track temperature much different than during our tests, I think we missed on the setup coming in by not compensating enough for the weather so Kosuke had his hands full this morning sliding around a bit. He handled it quite well and we were able to make some progress this afternoon to give us a good direction and get settled in. He is now comfortable in Turns Three and Four. We still have too much understeer in Turn Two, but the big thing was to get him comfortable in [Turns] Three and Four. We will move forward again tomorrow, and also he will have a fresh Honda engine. I am looking for a mid-pack result in qualifying."