IRL: Pikes Peak: SAFR, Matsuura race report

Matsuura Finishes 13th at Pikes Peak Kosuke Matsuura [Kohs-kay Mat-sur-ah] rebounded from a practice crash yesterday and a 22nd-place starting position to finish 13th in today's Honda Indy 225 at Pikes Peak International Raceway. Matsuura drove...

Matsuura Finishes 13th at Pikes Peak

Kosuke Matsuura [Kohs-kay Mat-sur-ah] rebounded from a practice crash yesterday and a 22nd-place starting position to finish 13th in today's Honda Indy 225 at Pikes Peak International Raceway. Matsuura drove the #55 Panasonic back-up car for the first time in the 30-minute warm-up session this morning. This was his third start on a one-mile oval.

Matsuura maintains his lead in the Bombardier Rookie of the Year standings with a 43-point advantage.

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

"First of all, I am very happy to finish this race because I crashed yesterday. I copied Adrian's [Fernandez] setup and the car was not too bad, but I couldn't trust the car. For 225 laps, the car was changing a lot. I was thinking to just finish the race. I think if I pushed more, I could have finished better. The crash yesterday was everything for this weekend."

FAST FACTS: This was his 12th IRL IndyCar Series career start-- recorded IndyCar Series career-best finish of fourth last weekend in Kentucky-- currently leads Bombardier Rookie of the Year standings by 43 points-- recorded his career-best starting position of second at Michigan three weeks ago-- best finish on a one-mile oval was 10th in Milwaukee-- best starting position on a one-mile oval was 10th in Phoenix-- has finished 11th or better in seven of 11 IndyCar Series starts-- currently sits 13th in the championship point standings-- 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.

Tom Anderson, Managing Director:

"I am totally pleased with the result today from Kosuke and the #55 Panasonic car. This was a situation where he had to show patience considering he started from the back with only a practice session this morning, and a practice session that didn't go very well. For him to come back and finish 13th is a good result and, had we caught a yellow when we needed it, we would have been 11th. These are the kind of professional performances that you need to do in order to capture championships, rookie of the year, and things of this nature. Kosuke could easily have thrown something away today. To come back 13th sustains his lead in the rookie championship. On the short one-mile tracks which are very difficult, he found something late in the race which freed the car up and was quicker. He'll have to do this again next weekend in Nazareth because Nazareth is a tough little place. We're looking forward to it, and I am very proud of the job the Panasonic team did today."

-safr-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tom Anderson , Kosuke Matsuura , Aguri Suzuki