Ninth-Place Run for Matsuura in Michigan Kosuke Matsuura claimed his career-best finish at Michigan International Speedway this afternoon with a ninth-place run in the ...
Ninth-Place Run for Matsuura in Michigan
Kosuke Matsuura claimed his career-best finish at Michigan International Speedway this afternoon with a ninth-place run in the #55 Panasonic ARTA Dallara. Matsuura started 14th , and battled in and out of the top 10 throughout the 200-lap Firestone Indy 400. In addition to leading a race for the third time this season, Matsuura also set the fastest lap of the race. Today's result has moved Matsuura to within 11 points of the top 10 in the championship standings and only 25 points outside of seventh.
Matsuura and the Super Aguri Fernandez Racing team will return to action on August 13 th at Kentucky Speedway for the Kentucky Indy 300. Matsuura claimed his career-best IndyCar Series result to date of fourth on the 1.5-mile oval.
Kosuke Matsuura, #55 Panasonic ARTA Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
"That was a really tough race for us, both myself and Scott [Sharp]. Since yesterday, both of our cars just didn't have the speed. I think a lot of drivers had the same problem. The handling of my car in the traffic was okay but when I was in a pack and on the outside, my car didn't have enough speed and I couldn't do anything. I did my best and ninth-place is my best here. I am still very disappointed because I expected a lot for this race but our car wasn't fast enough. There are three races left including a road course where I came from, and I will push as much as I can to try to finish in the top three at least once."
Chris Finch, Race Engineer:
"It was a long, hard race. I think we raced real hard and did a really good job but I don't think we were fast enough to win. We were fast enough to be competitive and probably finish a little bit higher than we did. As a team, we need to work harder on our race craft. Everyone did a good job, we just need to take some of our skill sets up to the next level. Kosuke did a great job and ran hard there at the end. I think we could have finished seventh with a little bit of luck. You just never know in those big packs. The mechanics did an awesome job, especially on the last stop and Matt Huth [engineer] did a perfect job in cutting the fuel just right so we could minimize our time in the pits. We'll see what we can find, see if we can get some more speed and go to Kentucky."