Matsuura's Day Cut Short at Kansas City Kosuke Matsuura saw his hopes of a third consecutive top-10 finish fall by the wayside when the ...
Matsuura's Day Cut Short at Kansas City
Kosuke Matsuura saw his hopes of a third consecutive top-10 finish fall by the wayside when the #55 Panasonic ARTA machine fell victim to a water leak in today's Argent Mortgage Indy 300 at Kansas Speedway. Matsuura went to the back of the field at the start of the 200-lap race, battling severe understeer. The team continued to make changes which bettered the car and with a smart pit strategy, Matsuura was able to make it back into the top 10. Unfortunately, he retired from the race on Lap 133.
Kosuke Matsuura, #55 Panasonic ARTA Panoz/Honda/Firestone:
"I am really disappointed that we had a problem today. The car wasn't quick at the beginning. I had so much understeer that I had a hard time staying on the track and I had to lift off a lot. I lost a lot of positions but I thought I would have a chance at the end. We made adjustments on our first pit stop and the car was getting stronger. It was pretty good but I couldn't overtake because I didn't have enough speed. After the second pit stop, I knew we had a problem. It was a shame, but we found something at this track that will help us later."
KOSUKE MATSUURA FAST FACTS:
This was his second start at Kansas and 24th IndyCar Series career start-- started 8th at Kansas last year and finished 18th due to contact-- recorded his best finish to date this season of seventh in Texas on June 11-- claimed best starting position to date this season of seventh in St. Petersburg-- 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-- 25 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.
Adrian Fernandez, Owner:
"We had a problem -- I believe it was a water leak -- which put us out today. We had a good pit strategy and that helped us to get Kosuke up into 10th place. That was when we started having the problem. At the beginning, Kosuke was having the same problem as Scott [Sharp] with a lot of push and he wasn't able to pass people. We made some corrections during the pit stops, and we were starting to look better. Unfortunately, we were not able to test it to see what would have happened."