Matsuura Finishes Eighth at Motegi Kosuke Matsuura [Kohs-kay Mat-sur-ah] posted his best finishing position to date in IRL IndyCarÂ® Series competition today, bringing the ...
Matsuura Finishes Eighth at Motegi
Kosuke Matsuura [Kohs-kay Mat-sur-ah] posted his best finishing position to date in IRL IndyCar® Series competition today, bringing the #5 Panasonic ARTA Panoz G Force/Honda/Firestone home in eighth place at the Indy Japan 300. Matsuura, who also qualified a career-best fourth, was able to continue after contact with Sam Hornish Jr. on Lap 87 of the 200-lap race. However, the handling of the car was affected by the incident and hampered Matsuura from improving upon his finishing position.
Matsuura is now 10th in the IndyCar Series point standings, and has increased his lead to 18 points in the Bombardier Rookie of the Year chase.
Super Aguri Fernandez Racing will head to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for a three-day test beginning April 26 in preparation for the Indianapolis 500 on May 30.
Kosuke Matsuura, #55 Panasonic ARTA Panoz G Force/Honda/Firestone:
"I am very disappointed. I thought I could have had a better result. I had contact with [Sam] Hornish Jr. and something bent, maybe the right rear toe or suspension or something, and I didn't have a good car after that. On one side, I am happy because I was able to finish in eighth place in front of a lot of fans. On the other, I am very disappointed to not have a better result. I want to say congratulations to Honda on their win today."
FAST FACTS: This was his third IRL IndyCar Series start-- finished 11th at both Homestead and Phoenix-- best qualifying prior to today was 10th in Phoenix-- currently sits 13th in the championship standings, just six points out of the top 10, and leads the Bombardier Rookie of the Year chase-- 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:
"Congratulations to Honda and the tremendous effort they did this year. We want to congratulate them on their first victory here at Motegi; greatly deserved for their effort."