Unusual End to Matsuura's Promising Run in Nashville Kosuke Matsuura watched a potential top-six finish come to an early end 24 laps shy of the checkered flag in the Firestone Indy 200 at Nashville Superspeedway this evening. Matsuura, who was...
Unusual End to Matsuura's Promising Run in Nashville
Kosuke Matsuura watched a potential top-six finish come to an early end 24 laps shy of the checkered flag in the Firestone Indy 200 at Nashville Superspeedway this evening. Matsuura, who was running in seventh position at the time, was the unusual victim of a late race incident involving Vitor Meira and Alex Barron. As a portion of the field began entering pit lane to avoid debris, Matsuura followed suit. Unexpectedly, an official vehicle pulled out into his path leaving Matsuura nowhere to go. The resulting damage ended his day.
Kosuke Matsuura, #55 Panasonic ARTA Panoz/Honda/Firestone: "I am really disappointed. I can't believe our day ended this way. Two cars had crashed in the middle of Turn Four. I was behind Sam Hornish Jr. when he went into pit lane to avoid the debris. I started to follow Hornish into the pit lane, and a rescue vehicle pulled out right in front of me. There wasn't anything I could do. I think we were looking at a top-six finish tonight."
KOSUKE MATSUURA FAST FACTS: This was his second start at Nashville and 25th IndyCar Series career start-- 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: "Kosuke now has something in common with Mario and Michael Andretti in the fact that he has been involved in an accident with a safety vehicle. It was an unfortunate end to what easily could have been a good top-10 finish. Fortunately, no one was hurt in the accident. We'll look forward to having the Panasonic car in Milwaukee next weekend."