IRL: Phoenix: SAFR, Matsuura Friday report

Matsuura to Start 15th in Phoenix Kosuke Matsuura qualified in 15th position this afternoon for the XM Satellite Radio Indy 200 at Phoenix International Raceway, Round Two of the IRL IndyCar® Series. Matsuura posted a best lap of 20.6626 ...

Matsuura to Start 15th in Phoenix

Kosuke Matsuura qualified in 15th position this afternoon for the XM Satellite Radio Indy 200 at Phoenix International Raceway, Round Two of the IRL IndyCar® Series. Matsuura posted a best lap of 20.6626 174.211 mph aboard the #55 Panasonic ARTA Panoz/Honda/Firestone to secure a spot in Row Eight of the 22-car starting grid. Saturday's 200-lap race will mark his second start on the one-mile desert oval, and Matsuura will be looking to improve on this 11th-place result from last year.

Practice Recap: Matsuura was 13th fastest in opening practice with a best lap of 21.0001 171.428 mph; Matsuura improved to claim the 10th fastest time in the second of two 45-minute practice sessions with a best lap of 20.6567 174.278 mph.

Pole Qualifying Results:

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

"We ran a 20.6 (seconds), but the car was really good. We expected to be quicker, and I am not sure where we were losing the time. We have a very good race car for tomorrow and I am looking forward to the race."

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