Matsuura Seventh in Eventful Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Kosuke Matsuura endured an eventful day on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla., but persevered to score his second consecutive top-10 finish of the 2006 IndyCar Series season.
Matsuura Seventh in Eventful Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Kosuke Matsuura endured an eventful day on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla., but persevered to score his second consecutive top-10 finish of the 2006 IndyCar Series season. Matsuura's action began early with a crash five laps in to the morning warmup session resulting in heavy damage to the #55 Panasonic ARTA Dallara/Honda/Firestone. The Super Aguri Fernandez team was able to complete the repairs in time to make the grid for this afternoon's Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
Matsuura, who started ninth, ran amongst the top 10 throughout the 100-lap event and was solidly in the top six in the closing stages of the race. On Lap 96, Matsuura looked poised for a fifth-place finish. However, he ran over debris from an incident involving Tomas Scheckter and Buddy Rice which resulted in a puncture. Matsuura had to pit for a new right front tire on Lap 99 and dropped two positions to seventh. He is currently fifth in the championship standings.
Kosuke Matsuura, #55 Panasonic ARTA Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "It was a very, very tough race. I made a mistake early in the morning warmup and had a big crash. I bent the front suspension, and lost all of the session. My mechanics did a great job to get the car repaired and on the starting grid, and I am very proud of all of them. I wasn't sure how the car was going to be for the start because we didn't get to run the morning session, but it was pretty good. The race itself was really difficult. We ran over 50 laps without a yellow. I was a bit unlucky at the end. Buddy Rice and Tomas Scheckter got together and I hit the debris. My right front tire was punctured and I lost two positions. I think we did a great job to finish seventh, and we will keep working hard for Motegi."