Matsuura Finishes 13th in Toyota Indy 400 Kosuke Matsuura [Kohs-kay Mat-sur-ah] finished 13th in his first career start at California Speedway. Matsuura started 20th for the Toyota Indy 400 after an engine change on the ...
Matsuura Finishes 13th in Toyota Indy 400
Kosuke Matsuura [Kohs-kay Mat-sur-ah] finished 13th in his first career start at California Speedway. Matsuura started 20th for the Toyota Indy 400 after an engine change on the #55 Panasonic machine Saturday. He leaves today's event with a 35-point lead in the Rookie of the Year chase as the IndyCar Series heads to the season finale at Texas Motor Speedway on October 17.
Kosuke Matsuura, #55 Panasonic ARTA Panoz G Force/Honda/Firestone:
"I started the race today with the same setup as Adrian [Fernandez], but my car was not the same. I didn't feel comfortable driving and the car felt slow. It was a disappointing day. The result at the next race in Texas will decide Rookie of the Year, and I will do my best. I want to say thank you to the team for their hard work this weekend, and congratulations to Adrian on his win and to Tony [Kanaan] and Honda on the driver's championship."
Tom Anderson, Managing Director:
"It was a tremendous day of learning for Kosuke. The conditions here at Fontana are as unique to Fontana as the desert is to California. We had an idea it was going to be like it was today. The grip level is going to change because of the surface, the heat, the wind direction and different levels of turbulence. You can't make the car handle perfectly in these conditions all day. The driver has to adapt to each situation that he is given throughout the day. All of these things add up to your end result. These are things we need to think about long and hard here, because Kosuke and the Super Aguri Fernandez Racing team are a lot better than our results showed today. The learning curve is not easy in this league. It is not something you pick up in your first 15 races when the league has become as competitive as it is. With the limited amount of testing we have, it is a very difficult season for rookies. Kosuke is capable of learning and is a very aggressive young driver. I am sure he doesn't feel good about the results today. He had a lot of sponsors here. The Panasonic team is on its way up. It is going to take a little more time but from the things we learned, we will move forward quite quickly."