Matsuura 17th After Early Retirement in Milwaukee Kosuke Matsuura continued to endure a difficult weekend at The Milwaukee Mile, retiring 85 laps in to the ABC Supply Company -- AJ Foyt 225 with handling issues on the ...
Matsuura 17th After Early Retirement in Milwaukee
Kosuke Matsuura continued to endure a difficult weekend at The Milwaukee Mile, retiring 85 laps in to the ABC Supply Company -- AJ Foyt 225 with handling issues on the #55 Panasonic ARTA Dallara. Matsuura started the race 15th but, battling a loose race car, quickly went a lap down to the leaders in the early stages of the 225-lap race. Matsuura is currently 13th in the point standings, but only 12 points outside the top 10.
Matsuura and the Super Aguri Fernandez Racing team will travel to Michigan International Speedway next weekend for Sunday's Firestone Indy 400. The race will be carried live on ABC beginning at 3:30 pm ET.
Kosuke Matsuura, #55 Panasonic ARTA Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
"It was a bad day for us. We made quite of lot of changes after the final practice and thought this was the direction to go. In the race, my car was really snappy. On new tires, it was okay but past new tire grip I couldn't handle the car. I knew a lot of drivers had some problems out there, but it seems Scott [Sharp] and I were struggling much more. After 80 laps, I was four or five laps down and we decided to park the car. There was nothing to gain by staying out. Sometimes you have a good weekend, and sometimes it is not so good. I know we will be strong at Michigan, and I am looking forward to next weekend."
Chris Finch, Race Engineer:
"It was a tough weekend for us. We thought going into the race, we would at least be able to run a reasonable pace and just struggled a little bit. We made some adjustments to the car but we starting seeing some things on telemetry that we really didn't like and decided, instead of risking the car, it behooved us to stop and take a look at the data to see where we went wrong. Kosuke did a good job all weekend. The guys did a fantastic job as usual. There is a lot to learn and Milwaukee is a tough place. We will go get them in Michigan."