IRL: Richmond: SAFR, Matsuura race report

Penalty Costs Matsuura at Richmond Kosuke Matsuura [Kohs-kay Mat-sur-ah] claimed a 14th-place finishing position in the SunTrust Indy Challenge at Richmond International Raceway after losing two laps with a stop-and-go penalty on Lap 30 of the...

Penalty Costs Matsuura at Richmond

Kosuke Matsuura [Kohs-kay Mat-sur-ah] claimed a 14th-place finishing position in the SunTrust Indy Challenge at Richmond International Raceway after losing two laps with a stop-and-go penalty on Lap 30 of the 250-lap race for contact with Alex Barron. Matsuura, who qualified 13th for his sixth IRL IndyCar® Series start, maintains his lead in the Bombardier Rookie of the Year challenge and sits 13th in the point standings -- 15 points out of the top 10.

Super Aguri Fernandez Racing will head to Kansas City next week for the Argent Mortgage Kansas Indy 300 on July 4.

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

"It was a very disappointing race because I had contact twice at the beginning of the race with Alex [Barron] and [Felipe] Giaffone. This contact was not my fault. When I entered the corner, I was trying to overtake but they came down on me and hit me. If they had given me enough room, I wouldn't have had contact with them. I am very disappointed to have a penalty. The car was quite good at the beginning of the stint but lap after lap, the tire pressures where too high. At 100 laps, we had quite a lot of yellows and I could cool down the tires. I do want to talk to the IRL to find out why I got the penalty. I am very disappointed."

FAST FACTS: This was his sixth IRL IndyCar Series career start-- currently leads the Bombardier Rookie of the Year standings by 32 points-- currently sits 13th in the championship point standings, 15 points out of the top 10-- claimed best starting position to date of fourth at Texas and Japan-- posted best finish to date of eighth in Japan-- 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:

"It was a big learning curve tonight for the #55 team and a lot of incidents. We'll put this one in the record books and go on to Kansas City."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Alex Barron , Tom Anderson , Kosuke Matsuura