Crash Ends Matsuura Run in Kansas Kosuke Matsuura's run in the Argent Mortgage Kansas Indy 300 came to an early end this afternoon after Matsuura was collected by contact between Jeff Simmons and Darren Manning on Lap 175 of the 200-lap race.
Crash Ends Matsuura Run in Kansas
Kosuke Matsuura's run in the Argent Mortgage Kansas Indy 300 came to an early end this afternoon after Matsuura was collected by contact between Jeff Simmons and Darren Manning on Lap 175 of the 200-lap race. Matsuura, who qualified eighth and ran as high as sixth at Kansas Speedway, maintains his lead in the Bombardier Rookie of the Year standings. He is now 15th in the IRL IndyCar® Series championship, 26 points out of the top 10.
Next Up: The Firestone Indy 200 at Nashville Superspeedway on July 17.
Kosuke Matsuura, #55 Panasonic ARTA Panoz G Force/Honda/Firestone:
"I'm am very disappointed with this race. First we had a mistake with the fuel calculation on our last pit stop and ran out of fuel, and I lost a lot of positions on the track. After that happened, I was racing with Jeff Simmons. We were two-wide for six or seven laps. That's when [Darren] Manning tried to overtake inside Simmons. Simmons and Manning had contact and hit me in my rear tire. I am very disappointed with Manning driving like that. He always has contact with somebody and he has to think about how to race and how to finish the race. We have had bad luck in the last two races and now today. Hopefully we used up all the rest of our bad luck today, and we can go to Nashville and get a good result."
FAST FACTS: This was his seventh IRL IndyCar Series career start-- currently leads the Bombardier Rookie of the Year standings by 29 points-- currently sits 15th in the championship standings, 26 points out of the top 10-- claimed best starting position to date of fourth at Texas and Japan-- posted best finishing position to date of eighth in Japan-- is ranked fifth in laps completed for the season, only failing to finish at Texas-- 24 years old from Aichi, Japan-- began his career in karts at the age of 14-- finished third in the 2003 Formula Renault V6 Eurocup-- finished second in the 2002 German Formula 3 Championship-- won the 2000 Japanese Formula Dream Series Championship before heading to Europe in 2001 to compete in German F3-- has been a member of Co-Owner Aguri Suzuki's ARTA (Autobacs Racing Team Aguri) driver development project since 1998 after climbing up the Japanese karting ranks--currently resides in Indianapolis, Indiana.