IRL: Sears Point: Kosuke Matsuura race report

Strong Run by Matsuura Captures Sixth at Infineon Kosuke Matsuura claimed his best result to date in 2005 this afternoon with a sixth-place finish in the Argent Mortgage Indy^Ù Grand Prix at Infineon Raceway. Matsuura, who started 15th,...

Strong Run by Matsuura Captures Sixth at Infineon

Kosuke Matsuura claimed his best result to date in 2005 this afternoon with a sixth-place finish in the Argent Mortgage Indy^Ù Grand Prix at Infineon Raceway. Matsuura, who started 15th, rebounded from setup struggles which hindered him throughout the weekend and put his road-racing skills into play to post his sixth top-10 finish of the season.

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

"It was a really good race. The car wasn't perfect. Every session this weekend we were sometimes more than two seconds slower than the quickest drivers. I was able to hold my position the last 25 laps which was a little bit difficult in meeting my fuel mileage [number]. I had to save fuel but the last two laps I was able to run full rich. I am really happy to finish in the top six. I was really pushing hard to hold my position. I think I did my best, and my engineer [John Dick] did a good job, but we can't be happy because sixth place is not the winner of the race. We have to keep working hard to make a good car for Watkins Glen and hopefully we can end the season strong in the next three races."

KOSUKE MATSUURA FAST FACTS: This was his 30th 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 in 2004-- 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 a very good day for the Panasonic team. We had been off the mark on Friday and Saturday with the setup, so to come back with the changes that John Dick and the engineering staff made for Sunday morning was obviously a step in the right direction. There was some good pit strategy by John Ward and things were put into the hands of Kosuke who did a good job to hold off some very strong competitors the last 20 laps. It was a really good job by Kosuke to come from the latter part of the grid. It was a fantastic day and maybe a bit of a momentum builder as we head into the closing days of the season."

John Dick, Race Engineer:

"Two things that really stand out in this race are Kosuke's drive -- he really dug down deep and proved what a great road racer he is to all of us on the timing stand -- and fuel strategy. It is what put us up in that position and Kosuke's determination and skill kept us there even though his car wasn't quite up to the speed of some of the cars behind us. They weren't quite fast enough to pass us. It was a really good day for the #55 car."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tom Anderson , Kosuke Matsuura