Matsuura to Start Fourth at Texas Kosuke Matsuura [Kohs-kay Mat-sur-ah] has qualified the ...
Matsuura to Start Fourth at Texas
Kosuke Matsuura [Kohs-kay Mat-sur-ah] has qualified the #55 Panasonic ARTA Panoz G Force/Honda/Firestone in fourth position for the Bombardier 500k, the fifth round of IRL IndyCar® Series competition. He ties his previous best qualifying position of fourth in Motegi, Japan. Matsuura, who leads the Bombardier Rookie of the Year standings, will be contesting his first-ever night race when the green flag falls for Saturday's 200-lap/300-mile race at Texas Motor Speedway.
Weather: At the opening of practice (3:00 pm CT), 87F and mostly cloudy with winds out of the south at 17 mph and gusts up to 22 mph; temperatures hovered in the low-80s at the start of qualifying (8:45 pm CT), with winds out of the south at 20 mph.
Practice Recap: Matsuura was 11th fastest in the first practice session with a best lap of 25.1795 208.206 mph; he improved to a 25.0428 209.162 mph -- only 0.1828 seconds off the fastest time -- during the second practice session, and continued to hold the 11th spot on the speed charts.
Kosuke Matsuura, #55 Panasonic ARTA Panoz G Force/Honda/Firestone:
"First of all, I want to thank the whole team because my engineer and my mechanics did a good job for the qualifying setup. I think I also learned a couple of things for the qualifying -- how to carry speed and how to drive the lines as well. With everything put together, I got fourth place. I am very happy."
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.