Matsuura gets Fernandez drive

Super Aguri Fernandez Racing has signed Formula Renault V6 Eurocup front-runner Kosuke Matsuura to lead its assault on the IRL IndyCar Series this season

Matsuura gets Fernandez drive

Matsuura is part of the ARTA Project driver development programme run by former grand prix driver Aguri Suzuki, who co-owns the IRL outfit with Champ Car star Adrian Fernandez. The 24-year old Japanese driver, who tested for the squad late last year, replaces Roger Yasukawa.

"It has been my dream to race in a top category and also in the United States, so I am very happy to be able to compete in the IndyCar Series," said Matsuura. "I am especially excited to race at the Indy Japan [at the Motegi oval] and the Indy 500. I will do my best to meet the team and the sponsors' expectations."

Suzuki said: "I have been supporting Matsuura through the ARTA Project since he was competing in karts. He is very decisive and clever when driving, and he is very fast. I am looking forward to the first win for Super Aguri Fernandez Racing."

Fernandez added: "I was very impressed with what I saw [of Matsuura's debut test] and believe Kosuke is going to do a good job for us. Obviously, there will be things to learn, but I think he has what it takes to be very competitive."

Matsuura finished third in the Formula Renault V6 Eurocup this season, taking three wins. In 2002, he was runner-up in the German Formula 3 championship.

The team also announced that it will switch to the Panoz G Force chassis this season, after running a Dallara in 2003.

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