IRL: Panther Racing - Matsuura apology post St. Pete race

Matsuura Apologies for Comment during ESPN Interview Panther Driver Upset About Being Taken Out By Jeff Simmons in Two Consecutive Races INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 2, 2007) -- Super Aguri Panther Racing driver Kosuke Matsuura apologized on...

Matsuura Apologies for Comment during ESPN Interview

Panther Driver Upset About Being Taken Out By Jeff Simmons in Two Consecutive Races

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 2, 2007) -- Super Aguri Panther Racing driver Kosuke Matsuura apologized on Monday after comments he made during a live ESPN interview following his crash with rival driver Jeff Simmons, who has taken Matsuura out of each of the IndyCar Series' first two races.

"I really wanted to apologize for what I said during my ESPN interview," Matsuura said Monday. "I was upset about the crash, but I didn't need to use the language I did on television. Since the next race is at my home country, I wanted to return to Japan with good result and enjoy the Indy Japan race, so I am very disappointed with what happened in the first two races. I want to apologize to my sponsors, ESPN, the IndyCar Series an all the race fans who were watching on Sunday. Everybody on my Panther team was frustrated, but I should have expressed my disappointment in a better way. I'm sorry."

Matsuura went directly to Indy Racing League offices when he returned from St. Petersburg to speak with league President Brian Barnhart. Kosuke was not summoned for the meeting, but wanted to express his regret for the comment immediately.

"Kosuke was frustrated, like all of us were, about what happened on the first lap of the race," Panther co-owner John Barnes said. "He knows he should use better word choice in the future, and one interview doesn't reflect Kosuke's character. He has the support of the entire Panther family."

-credit: pr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Kosuke Matsuura , Jeff Simmons , John Barnes , Brian Barnhart
Teams Panther Racing