IRL: Chicagoland: SAFR, Matsuura race report

Matsuura Out Early in Delphi Indy 300 Kosuke Matsuura [Kohs-kay Mat-sur-ah] saw his first appearance at Chicagoland Speedway come to an early end in the Delphi Indy 300. Matsuura was sidelined with an electrical problem on his ...

Matsuura Out Early in Delphi Indy 300

Kosuke Matsuura [Kohs-kay Mat-sur-ah] saw his first appearance at Chicagoland Speedway come to an early end in the Delphi Indy 300. Matsuura was sidelined with an electrical problem on his #55 Panasonic machine on Lap 112 of the 200-lap race. He maintains his lead in the Bombardier Rookie of the Year challenge with a 36-point advantage. The race was won by Matsuura's teammate Adrian Fernandez, who claimed his second IRL IndyCar® Series victory.

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

"I was really looking forward to completing the 200 laps. The car was really good and very stable in the draft. After 100 laps, we had the electrical problem. I am very disappointed. At that time, Adrian was even behind me and Adrian won the race, and we have a pretty similar car. If we had a similar strategy, I think I could have finished in the top six easy. Fortunately, we have another two races left and I will try to make my best result at the end of the season."

FAST FACTS: This was his 14th IRL IndyCar Series start-- recorded his career-best finish of fourth four weeks ago at Kentucky-- recorded his career-best starting position of second at Michigan-- currently leads the Bombardier Rookie of the Year standings-- earned Bank One Rookie of the Year honors at the Indianapolis 500-- best starting position on a 1.5-mile oval was fourth at Japan and Texas-- currently sits 13th in the championship standings-- 25 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:

"Well, the little Samurai had a good day. Sometimes it is not about results at the race track. You have look at what happened up until the time you couldn't compete anymore, and we had a mechanical problem today that is very rare for the #55 Panasonic car. Kosuke did a tremendous job. He was out there thinking, saving fuel and ran the longest in the first stint. We actually could have run longer but we didn't want the pack to form without us. Kosuke was being very smart and very patient, and running the Honda engine very lean. The whole time he was only nine-tenths [of a second] to one-and-a-half seconds out of the lead. The mechanical put us out early, but Kosuke has come a long, long way. On the result sheets, it doesn't look good but in our minds and knowing what we overcame today, I am very proud of the Panasonic team."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Adrian Fernandez , Tom Anderson , Kosuke Matsuura , Aguri Suzuki