IRL: Chicagoland: Scott Sharp race report

Sharp Posts Eighth-Place Result at Chicagoland Scott Sharp overcame an inconsistent car this afternoon to bring home an eighth-place finish in the Peak® Antifreeze Indy 300 at Chicagoland Speedway. The result was his 11th top-10 finish of the...

Sharp Posts Eighth-Place Result at Chicagoland

Scott Sharp overcame an inconsistent car this afternoon to bring home an eighth-place finish in the Peak® Antifreeze Indy 300 at Chicagoland Speedway. The result was his 11th top-10 finish of the season, and he eclipses his one-season best of 10 in 2001. Sharp, who started 18th after an engine change prior to the race, managed to drop in and out of the top 10 throughout the 200-lap event as he struggled with a push-loose condition on the #8 Delphi machine.

Scott Sharp, #8 Delphi Panoz/Honda/Firestone:
"It was another top-10 finish for the Delphi Fernandez team. It was a tough day. We knew coming here that there would be multi-pack running. We have been struggling a little bit with our chassis in a lot of turbulent air, and this place is all about that. When there are two to three rows of three and four abreast in front, you have no downforce so any issues we are having are certainly exaggerated. It was a little bit fluky. There were times when the car was really good and I charged into the top five but it just wouldn't last for long and would go off. Unfortunately, we couldn't battle a little harder today but we walk away with good points and we'll go on to the next race."

SCOTT SHARP FAST FACTS: This was his fifth IndyCar Series career start at Chicagoland Speedway-- recorded best finish of seventh in 2002, and best starting position of third in 2001-- claimed his first win of the season in Kentucky-- season to date record includes five top-five and 11 top-10 finishes-- this was his 113th IndyCar Series start and record 105th consecutive start-- is in his 10th season of IndyCar Series competition, and is the only driver to have contested every season of IndyCar Series competition since the inception of the IRL 10 years ago-- career record includes nine wins, five pole positions and 32 top-five finishes-- was the 1996 IndyCar Series co-champion and the 2001 Indianapolis 500 MBNA Pole winner-- is a former two-time SCCA Trans-Am Champion and three-time SCCA National Champion-- 37 years old from Norwalk, Connecticut-- currently resides in Jupiter, Florida.

Tom Anderson, Owner/Managing Director:
"It was one of those days when we had push and loose all on the same set of tires. Certainly the chassis setup balanced with the aero didn't match the situation of the day. I think Scott did a pretty good job to hang on and finish eighth. We tried strategy but strategy didn't work. When we needed the yellow, it didn't happen. Everyone made their last pit stop on the green. As it turned out, Scott did a pretty good job to get the Delphi car home in eighth position. The Firestone tires were good today. We didn't change tires every stint, so Firestone was on top of their game today and had a really good pace. Congratulations to Honda on another great win today."

Chris Finch, Race Engineer:
"Everyone did a really good job and Scott hung in there all day, but it was just a really tough day. We hung in there and raced hard. The guys did a really good job with a motor change right before the race. They did a fantastic job, just like they always do. We made a couple of adjustments in the race to try to help the car and it just didn't help it enough. We will go get them at Watkins Glen."

-www.delphifernandezracing.net

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Sharp , Tom Anderson