Matsuura's Day Ends Short of the Checkered Kosuke Matsuura had his day end 20 laps early when he fell victim to a four-car accident on Lap 180 of the Firestone Indy 400 this afternoon. He was running in 10th position at the time, and was unable...
Matsuura's Day Ends Short of the Checkered
Kosuke Matsuura had his day end 20 laps early when he fell victim to a four-car accident on Lap 180 of the Firestone Indy 400 this afternoon. He was running in 10th position at the time, and was unable to avoid the incident. Matsuura made contact with the Turn Two wall of Michigan International Speedway, ending his day.
Kosuke Matsuura, #55 Panasonic ARTA Panoz/Honda/Firestone:
"At the start of the race, I had too much push. We made adjustments on our pit stops and the car was getting better, but in heavy traffic I had really big understeer. I was not having a good race, but we managed to get into the top 10. Then the accident happened. Jacques Lazier went to the inside and I went to the outside after Townsend Bell got loose, and we got together. It was a racing accident. We just have to move on to Kentucky now."
KOSUKE MATSUURA FAST FACTS: This was his second start at Michigan and 27th IndyCar Series career start-- recorded best finish to date this season of seventh at Texas-- best starting position to date this season was seventh at St. Petersburg-- currently sits 13th in the point 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-- 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, Indiana.
Tom Anderson, Managing Director:
"It was an exciting day here in Michigan. I think the fans saw a really good race with a really close finish. Michigan always provides an exciting race and it did that today. Unfortunately, Kosuke got caught up in someone else's accident and had nowhere to go. That ended a good finishing possibly for Kosuke today. Fortunately, he and the rest of the drivers were okay. There was minimal damage but still the end of a good run. Scott [Sharp] managed to get in the lead group. We fought understeer very early on but by mid-race, we were back where we needed to be with the top group. We had an eight-lap shootout after the big crash. Scott did a good job and picked up a position to finish in seventh. A good job by the Delphi team and crew. The Firestone tires were fantastic today. The yellows didn't come where we really could leave the tires on for two stints, but the possibly occurred to us. The tires held up really good today. Congratulations to Honda on their exciting victory."
John Ward, Race Engineer/Strategy:
"First of all, we are glad Kosuke and the other drivers are okay. He just got caught up in the accident and there was nothing he could do. We struggled out there today. The car was a bit better towards the end. It was just a tough day for us."