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Matsuura Looking for Gains at Infineon Kosuke Matsuura returned to his road-racing roots today as IndyCar Series practice was underway for the series' first-ever permanent road course event -- the Argent Mortgage Indy Grand Prix at Infineon ...

Matsuura Looking for Gains at Infineon

Kosuke Matsuura returned to his road-racing roots today as IndyCar Series practice was underway for the series' first-ever permanent road course event -- the Argent Mortgage Indy Grand Prix at Infineon Raceway. Teams were given two-and-a-half hours of practice time on the challenging 2.26-mile, 12-turn circuit with Matsuura ending the day 17th fastest overall after struggling to find a good setup for the #55 Panasonic ARTA machine.

Sunday's 80-lap race will be Matsuura's first road course race in the United States. He last competed on permanent road courses in 2003, during a European tour with the Formula Renault V6 Eurocup Series where he finished third in the championship.

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

"Today was the first day here at Infineon, and we couldn't find a good setup. We lost some time from when we came here for the test in April. Hopefully, we can find a good setup for tomorrow and keep pushing hard."

KOSUKE MATSUURA FAST FACTS: Will be making his 30th IndyCar Series career start-- last competed on a permanent road course in 2003, in Formula Renault V6 Eurocup-- has claimed five top-10 finishes to date this season-- recorded best finish to date this season of seventh in Texas and best starting position of seventh in St. Petersburg-- currently sits 13th in the championship 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 in 2004-- 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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