Matsuura 12th after Long Night in Richmond Kosuke Matsuura managed a 12th -place result in the SunTrust Indy& ...
Matsuura 12th after Long Night in Richmond
Kosuke Matsuura managed a 12th -place result in the SunTrust Indy™ Challenge this evening after falling three laps down at the challenging .75-mile Richmond International Raceway oval. Matsuura, who was making only his ninth career short-oval start, gridded eighth but soon found himself outside the top 10 in what would prove to be a difficult race in his third start at Richmond.
Matsuura, who holds four top-eight results in seven events to date this season, is currently 11th in the point standings -- only one point outside the top 10 and 15 points outside the top seven.
Kosuke Matsuura, #55 Panasonic ARTA Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
"It was a really, really tough race and I knew it was going to be like this. Our car was pretty good in practice and I expected a lot in the race. Unfortunately, I couldn't finish in the top 10. I need to work on improving my driving style on the short ovals. My teammate Scott Sharp finished fourth and I finished 12th which is a really big difference. It is a really difficult track, and I don't have a good feeling yet on the short oval tracks. It is a matter of confidence, I think. I know we will have a good car for the next race in Kansas, and I am confident to drive there and excited for a top five result."
Chris Finch, Race Engineer:
"It was a tough day for the 55 team. We had a pretty good car going into the race, and just made some minor adjustments to affect the balance. These tight bullrings are tough on hitting the setup just right. We had a little too much push on the first stint. Towards the end, we started getting a little loose which is real bad. Firestone did a good job with their new compound for here, and we seemed to manage good tire wear and good grip throughout. We rolled the dice on our strategy and tried to pit early and hoped everyone else was going to pit under green like us, but it just didn't work out. We fell behind and that dictated our race from there."