IRL: Indy 500: Kosuke Matsuura race report

Accident Ends Matsuura Top-10 Run at Indy Kosuke Matsuura saw what could have been a strong finish come to an early end after an accident 14 laps from the finish of the Indianapolis 500. Matsuura, who started eighth, dropped to 25th after a ...

Accident Ends Matsuura Top-10 Run at Indy

Kosuke Matsuura saw what could have been a strong finish come to an early end after an accident 14 laps from the finish of the Indianapolis 500. Matsuura, who started eighth, dropped to 25th after a lengthy first pit stop for adjustments to the #55 Panasonic machine. Matsuura continued to steadily battle his way back up through the field, and was shown in seventh position with 25 laps to go. Unfortunately, Matsuura was caught out by a push-loose car late in the race and made contact with the Turn Four wall.

Kosuke Matsuura, #55 Panasonic ARTA Panoz/Honda/Firestone:

"It was really a shame there at the end. During the first stint, I had a push-loose car. We added more downforce after our first pit stop and the car was really good. I had contact with another car and the front tire started vibrating so we had to pit early. After that, everything was fine and I was able to push again. In the last stint, I was running in ninth position. When I tried to close the gap to another car, my car started going push-loose. It was pretty edgy. When I crashed I was behind Dario [Franchitti] and he lifted a little bit for a backmarker. I was too close to him and I had a big push and hit the wall. It was such a shame that I couldn't save the car. If I were able to finish the race, I think I could have finished in the top six. I am looking forward to Texas. I think we will be strong there."

KOSUKE MATSUURA FAST FACTS: This was his 21st IndyCar Series career start-- recorded two top-10 finishes in the first four races on the season (10th in Phoenix and ninth in Japan)-- in his second season of IndyCar Series competition-- was the 2004 IndyCar Series Bombardier Rookie of the Year and the 2004 Bank One Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year-- 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-- currently sits 13th in the championship standings with 77 points-- 25 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.

Tom Anderson, Managing Director:

"I thought Kosuke did a really good job. We had a long pit stop at the beginning to make some chassis adjustments so we knew we were going to give up plenty of time there. That is why we fell back in the pack. The changes improved the car's balance and we were able to run competitively the rest of the day and work our way back up. Towards the end, we were in pretty good shape around Lap 144. We had some contact out on the race track and had to stop early because we got up in the gray and picked up some marbles which we couldn't clean off the left side. With the cautions and the stop around Lap 172, we were able to get back up there with the leaders. Unfortunately, Kosuke just got a little high. The car ran great all day. The tires were great. We didn't put new Firestone tires on the last stop. We had no concerns about them going a stint and a half. It was great stability today from our tire partner and great motors from Honda. I want to congratulate them on their win, and look forward to seeing everyone in Texas."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tom Anderson , Kosuke Matsuura