Matsuura Finishes Eighth at Kansas Speedway Kosuke Matsuura brought home his fifth top-eight finish of the season this afternoon with a solid drive to eighth in the Kansas Lottery Indy 300 at Kansas Speedway. Matsuura, who claimed his...
Matsuura Finishes Eighth at Kansas Speedway
Kosuke Matsuura brought home his fifth top-eight finish of the season this afternoon with a solid drive to eighth in the Kansas Lottery Indy 300 at Kansas Speedway. Matsuura, who claimed his season-best starting position of fifth for the race, battled understeer in the opening stages of the 200-lap event but remained solidly in the top 10. Front wing and tire pressure changes on a Lap 40 pitstop helped Matsuura move the #55 Panasonic machine into fifth position by Lap 100.
With 40 laps remaining, Matsuura was running sixth but had a hard-charging Vitor Meira and Tomas Scheckter to contend with. Lapped traffic on the final restart of the day hindered his efforts to move further up the finishing order. With his eighth-place result, Matsuura has returned to the top 10 in the championship standings and is currently ninth, only three points out of seventh.
Matsuura and the Super Aguri Fernandez Racing team will have a weekend off before heading to Nashville SuperSpeedway for the Firestone Indy 200 on Saturday, July 15 th , the third and final night race of the season.
Kosuke Matsuura, #55 Panasonic ARTA Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
"I think it was a very good race, but I was really unhappy with the last restart. I asked my spotter to see if the two lapped cars in front of me would move down to the inside for the restart, but one of the cars was actually blocking me and that cost us. Overall, my car was really good. At the beginning I had a lot of push but after we added front wing, the balance was really good and the car was fast. After the last pit stop, I was running pretty good and then the yellows came out. The lapped traffic cost us some positions in the end. I think the team did a great job this weekend. We have really good cars on the big ovals, and I am looking forward to Nashville."
Chris Finch, Race Engineer:
"It was a pretty tough day. We started out with a car that was just understeering a little too much at the start which dropped us back, but then we got a lucky yellow. We added some front wing and adjusted the tire pressure and by mid-race, I think we had a pretty good race car. After the last couple of yellows, some of the lapped traffic chopped us around a little bit which they shouldn't be doing. That was really bad form. I think it ended up costing us some momentum and costing us easily a couple of positions. All in all, everyone did a really good job. I would like to thank the team. They have been awesome all year and have been giving us some really good race cars. Kosuke did a good job to hang in there at the start. We took a flyer on the race setup after this morning, and just missed it a little."