IRL: Watkins Glen: Kosuke Matsuura race report

Accident Eliminates Matsuura at The Glen Kosuke Matsuura's day was cut short by a spin on Lap 20 of the Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix which resulted in damage to the ...

Accident Eliminates Matsuura at The Glen

Kosuke Matsuura's day was cut short by a spin on Lap 20 of the Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix which resulted in damage to the #55 Panasonic ARTA machine. With tricky track conditions due to the constantly changing weather, Matsuura spun in Turn One on the permanent road course while attempting a pass on a lapped car. The ensuing 55-lap race was run under numerous yellow flag conditions.

Despite the DNF (did not finish), Matsuura only dropped one position in the point standings. He is currently tied with Danica Patrick in seventh.

The IndyCar Series will head to Texas Motor Speedway next weekend for the Bombardier Learjet 500.

Kosuke Matsuura, #55 Panasonic ARTA Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
"First of all, I am really disappointed because the team did such a good job this weekend. On the 20th lap, I spun off in Turn One. I was running just behind Jeff Simmons and Sam Hornish. I was trying to pass Simmons going into Turn One but Simmons was on the outside and I crossed over. Hornish checked up a little bit and was a little bit slow coming off Turn One and I thought he was giving me the position. I was on the throttle a little bit too early coming off of Turn One and I spun. The track conditions were pretty difficult then because the track was just starting to get dry, and my tire temperatures were pretty low because of all the cautions. Chris Finch, my engineer, made a really interesting strategy. We were topping off on fuel at every yellow and if we had been able to stay on the track, I think it could have been good for us. It was because of my mistake that the team couldn't have a good result. Next week is Texas, one of my favorite tracks, and I'm looking forward to the race."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Kosuke Matsuura , Jeff Simmons , Danica Patrick , Sam Hornis