Matsuura Manages 11th in Tough Day at Milwaukee Kosuke Matsuura fought an ill-handling car throughout the ABC Supply Company -- AJ Foyt 225, but managed to carry on to claim an 11th-place finish in a grueling race this afternoon at The Milwaukee...
Matsuura Manages 11th in Tough Day at Milwaukee
Kosuke Matsuura fought an ill-handling car throughout the ABC Supply Company -- AJ Foyt 225, but managed to carry on to claim an 11th-place finish in a grueling race this afternoon at The Milwaukee Mile. Matsuura had endured handling problems throughout the event weekend, qualifying 20th for his second IndyCar Series career start on the challenging oval. He managed to bring home valuable points today which helped his standing in the championship ranking. Matsuura is currently shown in 14th position, but sits only five points out of 12th and 42 points outside the top 10.
Kosuke Matsuura, #55 Panasonic ARTA Panoz/Honda/Firestone: "First of all, I am very happy to finish this race because the last two races were sad for us. The team did an awesome job today. Yesterday, my car wasn't good. The handling was terrible. This morning as well in the warm-up, the handling was terrible. My engineer, John Dick, gave me a pretty reasonable car for 225 laps. Our pit stops, our strategy, everything was perfect except for the car's speed. This time, it looked liked the Panoz was at a disadvantage to the Dallara cars. The next race is Michigan where I started on the front row [last year], and I think we will have a good car for the race. I am looking forward to Michigan."
KOSUKE MATSUURA FAST FACTS: This was his second start at Milwaukee and 26th IndyCar Series career start-- has four top-10 finishes to date this season-- recorded best finish to date this season of seventh at Texas-- best starting position to date this season was 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.
Tom Anderson, Co-Owner/Managing Director: "First of all, I want to compliment both Scott and Kosuke on a great drive today, even though it only resulted in 10th and 11th positions. Sometimes you drive a lot harder for 10th or 11th than you do for the win when the car is handling as bad as our Panoz chassis was today. Like I said, a great job by both drivers and a good job by the guys. We will work on diagnosing the chassis setup here and try to rebound next weekend at Michigan."
John Dick, Technical Director/Race Engineer: "Kosuke did a great job with a car that didn't have very much grip. He was very consistent and stayed out of trouble. We knew we were going to struggle today, and our main goal was to bring it home and get some points. He did a superb job at that."