Strong Run by Matsuura Ends with Electrical Problem Kosuke Matsuura's impressive run in the Bombardier 500k came to an early end this evening with an electrical problem on the ...
Strong Run by Matsuura Ends with Electrical Problem
Kosuke Matsuura's impressive run in the Bombardier 500k came to an early end this evening with an electrical problem on the #55 Panasonic ARTA Panoz G Force/Honda/Firestone. Matsuura, who lead his first laps in IRL IndyCar® Series competition this evening, was running in eighth position when the problem began. He came into the pits on Lap 140 of the 200-lap race, returning to the race track on Lap 149. The team was unable to fix the problem, and Matsuura retired from the race on Lap 150.
Kosuke Matsuura, #55 Panasonic ARTA Panoz G Force/Honda/Firestone:
"Of course I am very disappointed because I think I could have been the winner of this race. [Matsuura was sidelined with an electrical problem.] On the other side, I am very happy to race with this team because I had a very good car for the first 100 laps. I only have five races of experience and I came from 13th into the top position. I am very confident to race in the IRL and I am looking forward to winning a race."
FAST FACTS: This was his fifth IRL IndyCar Series career start-- currently leads the Bombardier Rookie of the Year standings and sits 12th in the championship standings, 10 points out of seventh-- claimed best starting position to date of fourth in Japan and Texas-- posted best finishing position 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 very exciting time for the #55 Panasonic team tonight. Kosuke did a tremendous job and I am really happy with the engineering setup of the car. The car was right there. We had an electrical or mechanical problem that put us out and we are still not sure what that problem is; we need to look at the wiring and everything. There was one time when we didn't change tires on a pit stop. We figured we could run two stints on the Firestone tires tonight. They just did an exceptional job. It was a great show tonight and Kosuke learned a tremendous amount. We look forward to Richmond."