Matsuura Confident at Texas Kosuke Matsuura [Kohs-kay Mat-sur-ah], who will start fourth in tomorrow's Bombardier 500k -- his first night race -- concluded his pre-race preparations after final practice activities were held this afternoon at ...
Matsuura Confident at Texas
Kosuke Matsuura [Kohs-kay Mat-sur-ah], who will start fourth in tomorrow's Bombardier 500k -- his first night race -- concluded his pre-race preparations after final practice activities were held this afternoon at Texas Motor Speedway. Matsuura will be making his fifth IRL IndyCar® Series start, and will be looking to increase not only his points lead in the Bombardier Rookie of the Year chase but also his position in the championship standings. Matsuura is currently ranked 11th, only 10 points out of seven place.
Weather: At the opening of practice (2:00 pm CT), 94F under sunny skies; 90 F for the final practice session (5:15 pm CT) under partly cloudy skies with winds out of the south at 14 mph and gusts to 20 mph.
Kosuke Matsuura, #55 Panasonic ARTA Panoz G Force/Honda/Firestone: "I think the team did a very good job since the first practice today. In the first session I had too much push, but now the final practice was very good. I could overtake many cars in the draft and I am getting used to the drafting as well. I didn't have any experience from here, but now I can drive in the drafting and I am very confident for the race."
FAST FACTS: Will be making his fifth IRL IndyCar Series career start-- currently leads the Bombardier Rookie of the Year standings by 27 points-- currently sits 11th in the championship standings, 10 points out of seventh-- claimed best starting position to date of fourth in Japan and Texas-- posted best finishing position to date of eighth in Japan-- 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.