Matsuura Finishes Eighth in Texas Night Race Kosuke Matsuura brought home his fourth top-eight result of the 2006 IndyCar Series season with a solid run to eighth place in the Bombardier Learjet 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Matsuura started 10th...
Matsuura Finishes Eighth in Texas Night Race
Kosuke Matsuura brought home his fourth top-eight result of the 2006 IndyCar Series season with a solid run to eighth place in the Bombardier Learjet 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Matsuura started 10th and had powered to fourth place by Lap 25 of the 200-lap event, but gave up that spot on Lap 55 when he made his first pit stop of the evening. Matsuura fell briefly to 12th towards the halfway point of the race, but returned to form to run the remaining 100 laps battling for top 10 positions. He is currently eighth in the championship standings.
Kosuke Matsuura, #55 Panasonic ARTA Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
"I think it was a good race for us, especially the first stint. I was excited because a lot of drivers were struggling with handling but my car seemed to be a little better than the rest of the drivers and I was able to jump up to fourth place. At that point, my car was okay. We added some front wing during our first pit stop. The car seemed to be a little bit slower, but I had some unlucky things. Another car was coming into the pits when I was ready to leave and I had to wait another three seconds. My out and in laps were also a little bit slow, and I need to work more on that. Overall, the guys did a great job this weekend and my engineer Chris Finch as well. We have to work on closing the gap to the Penske and Ganassi guys. We are close, and I am looking forward to the next race in Richmond."
Chris Finch, Race Engineer:
"Kosuke and everyone on the team did a great job this weekend. Things went very smoothly for us. Our car ran beautifully -- it was very fast -- at the start. We just had a little too much push. We made some adjustments and the balance seemed to be pretty good. We lost a little bit on some of our green flag stops which put us a little more behind than we wanted. We did a fuel only stop at the end, and stretched the Firestone tires out to 67 laps and they worked absolutely perfectly. There were no issues there. Eighth is a good job for our guys and we'll just keep plugging away on the championship."