Kosuke Matsuura

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Kosuke Matsuura
松浦孝亮
Kosuke Matsuura 2010 Super GT Fuji 400km.jpg
In 2010, Matsuura as a Super GT driver.
Nationality Japan Japanese
Born (1979-09-04) September 4, 1979 (age 35)
Aichi, Japan
IndyCar Series
Years active 2004-2007, 2009
Teams Conquest
Aguri Panther
Aguri Fernandez
Starts 65
Wins 0
Poles 0
Best finish 13th in 2006
Previous series
2003
2001-2002
2000
Formula Renault V6 Eurocup
German Formula 3
Formula Dream
Championship titles
2000 Formula Dream
Awards
2004
2004
IndyCar Rookie of the Year
Indy 500 Rookie of the Year

Kosuke Matsuura (松浦 孝亮 Matsuura Kōsuke?, born September 4, 1979 in Aichi, Japan) is a race car driver currently competing in the Super GT series. He previously competed in the Formula Nippon and IRL IndyCar Series.

Early career[edit]

After winning the Japanese Formula Dream Championship in 2001, Kosuke attracted the attention of former Formula One driver Aguri Suzuki as a teenager and was placed into Suzuki's driver development program, the ARTA Project. He went on to finish 2nd in the 2002 German Formula Three Championship winning 2 races and finished 3rd in the 2003 European Formula Renault V6 Eurocup, winning 3 races before replacing Roger Yasukawa at Super Aguri Fernandez Racing in the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series in 2004.

IRL IndyCar Series[edit]

In 2004, he was the Bombardier Rookie of the Year, finishing 14th in points. He was also the 2004 Bank One Rookie of the Year for the 2004 Indianapolis 500.

Matsuura driving in the 2005 Indianapolis 500

In 2005, he again drove for Super Aguri Fernandez Racing, and again finished 14th in the Championship with a best place finish of 6th in the two road course races. He continued with the team in 2006 and finished a career best 13th in points with a best finish of 6th.

For 2007, Autobacs Racing Team Aguri switched allegiance to Panther Racing, teaming Matsuura with Vitor Meira.

During the 2007 IndyCar Series season, Matsuura retired from 6 of the first 11 races and finished no better than 8th in the others. His struggles prompted speculation from media and fans that he might be dropped by Panther Racing, culminating on July 20, 2007, when Speed TV posted an article on its website stating that Matsuura would be immediately replaced by Autobacs Racing Team Aguri Indy Pro Series driver Hideki Mutoh. While the report was incorrect[1] and the article has since been removed,[2] it did little to stop speculation that Matsuura would be replaced following the 2007 season.

On August 5, 2007, Matsuura matched a career best with a 4th-place finish at the Firestone Indy 400 at Michigan. This prompted Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network play-by-play Mike King to suggest that the finish may help him stay in IndyCar Series for the 2008 season. The finish, however, only came in the aftermath of his avoiding a major back straightaway incident involving most of the front half of the field.

For 2008 after longtime sponsors Panasonic switched their sponsorship to Hideki Mutoh of the Andretti Green Racing team in the IndyCar Series, Kosuke returned to Japan to compete in the Formula Nippon Series.

In August 2009, Conquest Racing announced that Matsuura would drive for them at the 2009 Indy Japan 300 in a car sponsored by CLICK Securities Inc.[3] Matsuura finished 17th for the part-time team.

Motorsports career results[edit]

American Open-Wheel racing results[edit]

(key) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

IndyCar Series[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Rank Points
2004 Super Aguri Fernandez Racing HMS
11
PHX
11
MOT
8
IND
11
TXS
Ret
RIR
14
KAN
Ret
NSH
9
MIL
10
MIS
17
KTY
4
PPI
13
NZR
Ret
CHI
Ret
CAL
13
TX2
Ret
14th 280
2005 Super Aguri Fernandez Racing HMS
Ret
PHX
10
STP
Ret
MOT
9
IND
Ret
TXS
7
RIR
9
KAN
Ret
NSH
Ret
MIL
11
MIS
Ret
KTY
8
PPI
13
SNM
6
CHI
Ret
WGL
6
CAL
Ret
14th 320
2006 Super Aguri Fernandez Racing HMS
6
STP
7
MOT
7
IND
15
WGL
Ret
TXS
8
RIR
12
KAN
8
NSH
Ret
MIL
Ret
MIS
9
KTY
Ret
SNM
13
CHI
11
13th 273
2007 Panther Racing HMS
Ret
STP
17
MOT
Ret
KAN
Ret
IND
16
MIL
11
TXS
9
IOW
Ret
RIR
Ret
WGL
8
NSH
Ret
MDO
12
MIS
4
KTY
11
SNM
10
DET
5
CHI
Ret
16th 303
2009 Conquest Racing STP
LBH
KAN
IND
MIL
TXS
IOW
RIR
WGL
TOR
EDM
KTY
MDO
SNM
CHI
MOT
17
HMS
36th 13
Years Teams Races Poles Wins Podiums
(Non-win)
Top 10s
(Non-podium)
Indianapolis 500
Wins
Championships
5 3 65 0 0 0 22 0 0

Indianapolis 500[edit]

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team
2004 G-Force Honda 9 11 Super Aguri Fernandez Racing
2005 Panoz Honda 8 17 Super Aguri Fernandez Racing
2006 Dallara Honda 7 15 Super Aguri Fernandez Racing
2007 Dallara Honda 17 16 Super Aguri/Panther

Complete Formula Nippon Results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 DC Points
2008 Dandelion Racing FUJ
12
SUZ
16
MOT
12
OKA
13
SUZ1
9
SUZ2
Ret
MOT1
10
MOT2
6
FUJ1
8
FUJ2
1
SUG
13
18th 3.5

Complete Super GT results[edit]

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 DC Pts
2008 Team Kunimitsu Honda NSX GT500 SUZ
OKA
FUJ
SEP
SUG
SUZ
2
MOT
AUT
FUJ
19th 19
2009 Team Kunimitsu Honda NSX GT500 OKA
SUZ
FUJ
11
SEP
SUG
SUZ
FUJ
AUT
6
MOT
17th 5
2010 apr Toyota Corolla Axio GT300 SUZ
Ret
OKA
5
FUJ
9
SEP
8
SUG
3
SUZ
Ret
FUJ
C
MOT
19
10th 22
2011 Autobacs Racing Team Aguri ASL Garaiya GT300 OKA
20
FUJ
6
SEP
5
SUG
3
SUZ
20
FUJ
12
AUT
13
MOT
7
12th 26
2012 Autobacs Racing Team Aguri ASL Garaiya GT300 OKA
6
FUJ
4
SEP
9
SUG
9
SUZ
4
FUJ
5
AUT
17
MOT
21
9th 33
2013 Autobacs Racing Team Aguri Honda HSV-010 GT GT500 OKA
9
FUJ
8
SEP
8
SUG
1
SUZ
12
FUJ
8
AUT
14
MOT
15
11th 31
2014 Autobacs Racing Team Aguri Honda NSX-GT GT500 OKA
8
FUJ
Ret
AUT
Ret
SUG
15
FUJ
10
SUZ
4
BUR
Ret
MOT
12
16th 14

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mutoh gets an IndyCar (in September), Retrieved August 5, 2007
  2. ^ So Long Kosuke, Retrieved August 5, 2007
  3. ^ Matsuura to race in Japan, Indianapolis Star, August 4, 2009

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Toranosuke Takagi
Indianapolis 500
Rookie of the Year

2004
Succeeded by
Danica Patrick
Preceded by
Dan Wheldon
IndyCar Series
Rookie of the Year

2004