IRL: Milwaukee: SAFR, Matsuura race report

Matsuura Rebounds to a Top 10 Finish in Milwaukee Kosuke Matsuura [Kohs-kay Mat-sur-ah] came back from a heavy crash on Friday and a last row starting position to claim a 10th-place finish in the Menards AJ Foyt Indy 225 at The Milwaukee Mile...

Matsuura Rebounds to a Top 10 Finish in Milwaukee

Kosuke Matsuura [Kohs-kay Mat-sur-ah] came back from a heavy crash on Friday and a last row starting position to claim a 10th-place finish in the Menards AJ Foyt Indy 225 at The Milwaukee Mile this afternoon. The result was Matsuura's third top-10 finish in IRL IndyCar® Series competition. He has now moved up to 13th position in the championship standings, and leads the Bombardier Rookie of the Year points battle by 40 points.

Next Up: The Michigan Indy 400 at Michigan International Speedway on August 1.

Kosuke Matsuura, #55 Panasonic ARTA Panoz G Force/Honda/Firestone:

"I think we did a pretty good race. The problem was the starting position because we were last. I didn't know how the car was going to be and I was waiting the first fifty laps to feel the car. When I knew the car was good, I could push in the second stint. The second stint was quite good, but the third stint I was very disappointed. The front wing was broken -- the left front flap was down, and I had a big understeer. We started in the last row and we finished in the top 10 with not a perfect car and that is a good result. On Friday, I broke the [primary] car completely and I finished the race today. I had a couple of really good restarts and overtook maybe three or four cars. I think we have a lot of motivation for the Michigan race."

FAST FACTS: This was his ninth IRL IndyCar Series career start-- currently leads the Bombardier Rookie of the Year standings by 40 points-- currently sits 13th in the championship standings-- claimed best starting position of fourth at Texas and Japan-- finished ninth in the last event at Nashville Superspeedway-- posted best finishing position of eighth in Japan-- 24 years old from Aichi, Japan-- began his career in karts at the age of 14-- finished third in the 2003 Formula Renault V6 Eurocup-- finished second in the 2002 German Formula 3 Championship-- won the 2000 Japanese Formula Dream Series Championship before heading to Europe in 2001 to compete in German F3-- has been a member of Co-Owner Aguri Suzuki's ARTA (Autobacs Racing Team Aguri) driver development project since 1998 after climbing up the Japanese karting ranks--currently resides in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Tom Anderson, Managing Director:

"Kosuke did an outstanding job today after starting from the back so we are very pleased with his performance today, and we are very pleased to be racing here in Milwaukee."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tom Anderson , Kosuke Matsuura , Aguri Suzuki