Kosuke Matsuura [Kohs-kay Mat-sur-ah] drove to a ninth-place finish in this eveningâ€™s Firestone Indy 200 despite being without radio communication from the team and his spotter. Matsuura, who qualified 14th, lost radio contact on Lap 30 of the...
Kosuke Matsuura [Kohs-kay Mat-sur-ah] drove to a ninth-place finish in this evening’s Firestone Indy 200 despite being without radio communication from the team and his spotter. Matsuura, who qualified 14th, lost radio contact on Lap 30 of the 200-lap race at Nashville Superspeedway. Matsuura drove a clean race and was able to move into the top 10 in the latter stages. This is the second top-10 result for the Bombardier Rookie of the Year points leader.
Kosuke Matsuura, #55 Panasonic ARTA Panoz G Force/Honda/Firestone:
“First of all, I am very happy to finish this race. The last three races were unlucky races. We had a few big problems tonight because I lost the radio after 30 laps. I was able to finish the race and not have contact with anybody which is very good because at this type of race track, it is difficult to go two wide. I also had a pit stop mistake, but the rest of the pit stops were really good. I think the team did a very good job and me also. When we lost the radio, it was very lonely and very difficult to drive on the restarts. I was able to finish in the top 10 which is very good.”
FAST FACTS: This was his eighth IRL IndyCar Series career start… currently leads the Bombardier Rookie of the Year standings by 39 points… currently sits 14th in the championship point standings, 25 points out of the top 10… claimed best starting position to date of fourth at Texas and Japan… posted best finishing position to date 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:
“The Panasonic team had a very good night considering we were a little off yesterday on our initial setup, but we made some gains and had a pretty decent car for the race. We lost a few positions on our second pit stop which put us back a bit but we regained that on our third stop so the guys did three out of four tonight very good. We had a radio problem with Kosuke’s helmet and he was only able to hear us on the yellows and wasn’t able to hear his spotter all night so he did a pretty good job on the mirrors. He could only hear us under yellows and that was barely. We were not able to hear him all night. Given all the circumstances, we did the basics right. We were patient all night like we told him to be and to have a ninth-place finish, I think we will take that and head for Milwaukee.”