Handling Hinders Matsuura at Watkins Glen Kosuke Matsuura fought handling issues in qualifying this afternoon for the Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix as the IndyCar Series makes its debut on the 3.37-mile, 11-turn road course. Matsuura was 12th ...
Handling Hinders Matsuura at Watkins Glen
Kosuke Matsuura fought handling issues in qualifying this afternoon for the Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix as the IndyCar Series makes its debut on the 3.37-mile, 11-turn road course. Matsuura was 12th quickest in the morning practice session, but was unable to match or better his time during his qualifying run. With a strong road-racing background, Matsuura will be looking to make up ground in tomorrow's 60-lap/204-mile race. He recorded his best result to date this season of sixth on Infineon Raceway's road course four weeks ago.
Kosuke Matsuura, #55 Panasonic ARTA Panoz/Honda/Firestone:
"I think I did my best in qualifying but the car wasn't good. The tire pressures didn't come up and the car was bottoming a lot coming off of Turn Two through the back straight and under braking as well. I think we lost close to one second. The race is long and the weather may be unstable tomorrow. I think strategy will be more important than this qualifying position. I think we will be okay. This morning, the handling of our car was good and in the rain conditions yesterday as well. I have confidence for tomorrow to finish in the top six and just keep pushing."
KOSUKE MATSUURA FAST FACTS: 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-- 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.