IRL: Watkins Glen: Kosuke Matsuura preview

Matsuura Back on Familiar Ground this Weekend The IndyCar Series will make its debut at the historic Watkins Glen International permanent road course this weekend with the Watkins Glen Indy^Ù Grand Prix presented by Argent Mortgage. A lifelong...

Matsuura Back on Familiar Ground this Weekend

The IndyCar Series will make its debut at the historic Watkins Glen International permanent road course this weekend with the Watkins Glen Indy^Ù Grand Prix presented by Argent Mortgage. A lifelong road racer prior joining the series last year, Kosuke Matsuura is looking forward to the start of activities on the 3.37-mile, 11-turn track. Matsuura spent three years competing on similar circuits throughout Europe before heading to the U.S. in 2004. He recorded his best result to date this season of sixth on Infineon Raceway's road course four weeks ago.

* Will be making his 32nd IndyCar Series career start

* Finished sixth in the last road course event at Infineon Raceway, his 2005 best

* Highest starting position this year was seventh on the St. Petersburg street circuit

* Has claimed six top-10 finishes to date this season

* Currently sits 13th in the championship standings

* Was the 2004 IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year

Kosuke Matsuura, #55 Panasonic ARTA Panoz/Honda/Firestone:
"The Watkins Glen track is great. I think it is the best track in the States. The layout is beautiful with a lot of overtaking places. It is a really good road course. The last road course race at Infineon was pretty good for me with a sixth-place finish, and I think we will have a strong car for Watkins Glen. This is a long race, and you need to use your head. I think we can have a good result and finish in the top five."

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-- 26 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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