Matsuura Charges to Sixth at Watkins Glen Kosuke Matsuura claimed his second top-six road course finish of the season this afternoon with a strong drive in the inaugural Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix. Matsuura, who started 15th, coped with a ...
Matsuura Charges to Sixth at Watkins Glen
Kosuke Matsuura claimed his second top-six road course finish of the season this afternoon with a strong drive in the inaugural Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix. Matsuura, who started 15th, coped with a gearbox problem and brake issues towards the end of the 60-lap race to pick up several positions with a charge in the closing stages. His sixth-place run today is his seventh top-10 finish of the season.
Kosuke Matsuura, #55 Panasonic ARTA Panoz/Honda/Firestone:
"It was a great race for us with our second sixth-place finish on a road course. This time was different because in the last [road course] race, I was just holding my position. This time I was able to overtake many cars especially the last three laps after the final caution. When I passed [Sam] Hornish, it was a great overtake because he was absolutely quicker than me and I was able to pass him. On the last lap, two cars crashed in front of me and I was able to finish in the top six. This race was very good for us and I am looking forward to the Fontana race."
KOSUKE MATSUURA FAST FACTS: This was his 32nd IndyCar Series career start-- is in his second season of IndyCar Series competition-- earned 2004 Bombardier Rookie of the Year honors-- named 2004 Bank One Rookie of the Year at the Indianapolis 500-- recorded his IndyCar Series career-best finish of fourth at Kentucky Speedway last season, and claimed his career-best starting position of second at Michigan in 2004-- 26 years old from Aichi, Japan-- finished third in the 2003 Formula Renault V6 Eurocup Championship with three wins and eight podiums-- finished second in German F3 competition in 2002 with two wins and six pole positions-- won the 2000 Japanese Formula Dream Championship with six wins and eight pole positions-- currently resides in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Tom Anderson, Managing Director:
"Kosuke had a great run today from his starting position of 15th to finish sixth in the Panasonic car. He had a little bit of a sticking gearbox problem from more wear probably on the gearbox early on and using the brakes a little hard. He was able to save that and capitalize with a strong run at the end after that final yellow which gained him quite a few positions. It was a fantastic sprint at the end for Kosuke and a great job with so little practice on this damp weekend at Watkins Glen. It was a great event and we look forward to coming back here next year."
John Dick, Race Engineer:
"We had a pretty good result today. Of course, it was helped out some by people getting a little over-anxious near the end of the race. The car ran well. We had a little brake problem at the end. The brakes started to get long, and we were locking the rear wheels into Turn One which slowed us down. The last restart let the brakes cool off and Kosuke did a fabulous job charging through the field. It was a good result for us."