IRL: Sharp to drive Daytona 24, IROC

INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2001 - Indy Racing standout Scott Sharp will showcase his skills as one of America's most diverse and talented race drivers when he competes in the Rolex 24 at Daytona on Feb. 2-3, 2002. 1996 Indy Racing...

INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2001 - Indy Racing standout Scott Sharp will showcase his skills as one of America's most diverse and talented race drivers when he competes in the Rolex 24 at Daytona on Feb. 2-3, 2002.

1996 Indy Racing League co-champion Sharp will drive a Riley & Scott Mk III C powered by a 6-liter Elan Power Products V8 engine. Jim Matthews Racing will field the car, with Guy Smith and team owner Jim Matthews as co-drivers with Sharp.

Sharp will continue his long relationship with Indianapolis-based constructors Riley & Scott during the round-the-clock sports car classic on the 3.56-mile road circuit at Daytona, which uses part of the famed 2.5-mile high-banked oval. Sharp won the Rolex 24 in 1996 in a Riley & Scott with co-drivers Wayne Taylor and Jim Pace, and Sharp won the 1991 SCCA Trans-Am championship in a car built by Riley & Scott.

"I'm very excited to get a chance to win at Daytona again," Sharp said. "Returning with Riley & Scott and Jim Matthews Racing is a fantastic opportunity to repeat one of the highlights of my own or any driver's career, an overall win in the Rolex 24 at Daytona."

Said Riley & Scott Vice President Bill Riley: "We're thrilled to continue our long and successful association with Scott. This will be our fourth 24-hour race together. With Scott, Guy Smith and Jim, we're prepared for a very competitive race."

A fourth co-driver for the Matthews team will be named shortly, Riley said.

The Rolex 24 will be the start of a busy year for 2001 Indianapolis 500 MBNA Pole winner Sharp. He enters his fifth consecutive season with Kelley Racing in the Indy Racing League and also was named as one of the 12 drivers in the prestigious True Value IROC Series in 2002.

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Series GRANDAM , INDYCAR , IROC