Matsuura Right at Home on Road Courses The IndyCar Series heads to the rolling hills of Sonoma Valley and Northern California wine country this weekend for its first-ever permanent road course race -- the Argent Mortgage Indy Grand Prix ...
Matsuura Right at Home on Road Courses
The IndyCar Series heads to the rolling hills of Sonoma Valley and Northern California wine country this weekend for its first-ever permanent road course race -- the Argent Mortgage Indy Grand Prix at Infineon Raceway. Kosuke Matsuura was enamored with the 2.26-mile, 12-turn circuit during an April test session, and the challenges presented by the course elevation changes and variety of corners.
While Matsuura will be competing in his first road course race in the United States this Sunday, road racing is second nature to the 2004 IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year whose career prior to joining the IRL was entirely road/street-course based. Matsuura 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:
"We tested here in April, but it has been a long time since I have raced on a road course. This track is pretty good. The course layout is a lot different from the tracks that I have raced on in Europe and Japan, so this will be another challenge for my road course skills. Eighty laps on this circuit will be difficult physically, but I have been training really hard and I feel I will be ready for the race. We found another setup for the road courses and I think we will have a very good car. I am pretty confident to race here."
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 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.