Difficult Day for Matsuura in Firestone Indy 225 Rookie points leader Kosuke Matsuura [Kohs-kay Mat-sur-ah] retired from the Firestone Indy 225 at Nazareth Speedway this afternoon on Lap 115 of 225 after a brake problem on the ...
Difficult Day for Matsuura in Firestone Indy 225
Rookie points leader Kosuke Matsuura [Kohs-kay Mat-sur-ah] retired from the Firestone Indy 225 at Nazareth Speedway this afternoon on Lap 115 of 225 after a brake problem on the #55 Panasonic machine. Matsuura, who started 18th, had struggled throughout the weekend in coming to grips with the difficult one-mile oval without the benefit of any prior testing. None of the three rookies in the IRL IndyCar® Series field finished the race. The event marked the 100th IndyCar Series race, and was won by fellow Honda driver Dan Wheldon.
Kosuke Matsuura, #55 Panasonic ARTA Panoz G Force/Honda/Firestone:
"The beginning of the race was tough; the car was really pushing. After forty or fifty laps, I had a really loose car. After the first pit stop, the car was push and loose. It was really a disaster. I had to brake quite a lot for Turn Three and Turn One to not spin off. Then I had a brake problem, and I had to stop the race. The car was really difficult to drive this weekend and a lot of it was probably the circuit, but I think this was a good experience. We have three races left on the larger tracks, and I think we can try to finish in the top three."
FAST FACTS: This was his 13th IRL IndyCar Series start-- recorded his career-best finish of fourth two weeks ago in Kentucky-- recorded his career-best starting position of second at Michigan four weeks ago-- currently leads Bombardier Rookie of the Year -- currently sits 13th in the championship standings-- 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:
"It was a difficult day for the #55 Panasonic car. Obviously, Nazareth is a very difficult race track and with the rules and regulations the way they are these days, it makes it very tough on rookies as none of the rookie drivers were able to finish the race today. We'll go on to Chicago and onto the mile-and-a-half and larger race tracks for the reminder of the season, and we'll look forward to doing well there."