Matsuura Finishes Seventh in Bridgestone Indy Japan 300 Kosuke Matsuura claimed his career-best result at his homeland circuit this afternoon with a seventh-place run in the Bridgestone Indy Japan 300 at Twin Ring Motegi. The result is...
Matsuura Finishes Seventh in Bridgestone Indy Japan 300
Kosuke Matsuura claimed his career-best result at his homeland circuit this afternoon with a seventh-place run in the Bridgestone Indy Japan 300 at Twin Ring Motegi. The result is Matsuura's third consecutive top-seven finish of the season, and his third top-10 finish in three starts on the 1.5-mile oval.
Matsuura started sixth based on championship points due to a qualifying rainout. He ran amongst the top 10 throughout the 200-lap race, but struggled with the gearing in his #55 Panasonic ARTA machine and was unable to mount a challenge in the closing stages. He is currently sixth in the championship standings.
Kosuke Matsuura, #55 Panasonic ARTA Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
"Of course I am disappointed because I expected a better result, but seventh was not too bad. This was good for the championship points. This was the most important race for me this year, and I had a lot of fans here. The team did a great job and I didn't make any mistakes. The car wasn't perfect. The gearing was a little bit too short and when I was catching someone, I was hitting the [rev] limiter coming off of Turn Two. It was difficult to overtake. The last fifty laps, I thought I could overtake Buddy Rice, but the gear was too short and I couldn't do anything. I think a lot of drivers had the same problem. Race by race, the handling of my car is getting better and better. During the month of May, I think we will have a great car and hopefully we can have a top-five finish in the Indy 500."