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IRL fines Matsuura for profane interview after crash

4/3/2007

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indy Racing League fined driver Kosuke Matsuura an undisclosed amount of money Tuesday for using profanity
during a television interview after a crash in Sunday's St.
Petersburg Grand Prix.

Kosuke Matsuura Matsuura

Matsuura was struck from behind by Jeff Simmons during a
multi-car crash on the first lap, causing considerable damage to
his car. He rejoined the race after the car was repaired, but he
was 14 laps behind the leaders and wound up 17th.

"I was upset about the crash, but I didn't need to use the
language I did," Matsuura said in a statement released by Panther
Racing after the Japanese driver met with IRL president Brian
Barnhart.

"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," Matsuura said. "Everybody
on my Panther team was frustrated, but I should have expressed my
disappointment in a better way. I'm sorry."

The third race of the season is the Indy Japan 300 on April 21.

"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."

Matsuura was the 2004 Indianapolis 500 and IndyCar Series rookie
of the year.