Crash Ends Matsuura's Day at Chicagoland Speedway Kosuke Matsuura found misfortune during his second career start at Chicagoland Speedway this afternoon. Matsuura, who started 11th, watched from the sidelines after running over debris from a...
Crash Ends Matsuura's Day at Chicagoland Speedway
Kosuke Matsuura found misfortune during his second career start at Chicagoland Speedway this afternoon. Matsuura, who started 11th, watched from the sidelines after running over debris from a major incident on Lap 20 of the 200-lap Peak® Antifreeze Indy^Ù 300 sending him into the Turn Four wall. He was uninjured.
Matsuura endured a difficult weekend on the 1.5-mile oval as he was also a victim of contact during a practice session yesterday.
Kosuke Matsuura, #55 Panasonic ARTA Panoz/Honda/Firestone:
"I was very unlucky during the whole race weekend. I ran over debris from an accident, and crashed into the wall. The car was good during the final practice session but the right rear felt weird right after the race started. I was talking to the team on the radio about it and was waiting for the first pit stop to fix the condition, but I crashed even before then. There are only two more races to go and I haven't been able to get my first win yet. However, I will continue to do my best in the next two races and hopefully get my first win."
KOSUKE MATSUURA FAST FACTS: This was his 31st IndyCar Series career start-- has claimed six top-10 finishes to date this season-- currently sits 13th in the championship standings-- 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-- 26 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.
John Dick, Race Engineer:
"When the race started, the car was actually moving around a little bit too much for Kosuke. That is what he said after the race. He decided to just run there as he thought the car would get better as the fuel started to burn off and as it did, the car did get better. Then the crash happened right in front of him. Apparently, he hit some debris as he went through the crash and that spun him because he was completely off the throttle at that point and slowing down. He hit something and it spun the car. We found some damage to the car which doesn't look like it came directly from the crash, but it is pretty hard to say for sure."