Forgiveness is an “F” word too

Posted by Iannucci | 4/03/2007 | 3 comments »
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Despite pleading his very mostest sincerest apologies for using foul (with a capital F) language in some post-wreck interviews on Sunday, Kosuke Matsuura has been judged by the Iron Hand of Justice.

IndyCar Series officials have fined Panther Racing's Kosuke Matsuura an undisclosed amount for using inappropriate language during live broadcast interviews April 1 during the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

Matsuura was penalized for violating Rule 8-3-A of the IndyCar Series rulebook (regarding improper conduct). He issued an apology through a statement released by Panther Racing.

"I really wanted to apologize for what I said during my ESPN and IMS Radio Network interviews," he said. "I was upset about the crash, but I didn't need to use the language I did. 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, IMS Radio Network, 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."
I’m curious what kind of “better way” Matsuura is allowed in accordance with the cryptically named Rule 8-3-A. Previous experience suggests:
• The “Foyt” method of going over to the RLR pits and slapping Jeff Simmons in the face.
• The “Danica” method of stomping away without an interview.
• The “Little Al” method of making hand gestures towards Simmons (oh wait, he did that).

My suggestion: start swearing in Japanese. As if any of us would understand.


  1. Anonymous // April 04, 2007 3:23 AM  


  2. Jennifer of Dog.Yarn.Knit. // April 04, 2007 8:19 AM  

    i still think he could have pleaded a launague barrier issue.

  3. Anonymous // April 05, 2007 6:57 PM  

    I agree with Jennifer. After all, I think this was the first time that anyone ever heard him say anything at all.