IRL: Homestead: Kelley Racing qualifying report

HOMESTEAD, Fl. (February 28, 2004)---Scott Sharp, driver of the No. 8 Delphi entry, rolled off third today in his first qualifying attempt of the 2004 IndyCar Series season. His attempt was good for 17th position with a speed of 212.769 mph. At...

HOMESTEAD, Fl. (February 28, 2004)---Scott Sharp, driver of the No. 8 Delphi entry, rolled off third today in his first qualifying attempt of the 2004 IndyCar Series season. His attempt was good for 17th position with a speed of 212.769 mph. At the top of the speed chart today was Buddy Rice with a speed of 217.388 mph, a new Homestead-Miami Speedway track record.

Final practice for the Toyota Indy 300 will be tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. The green flag for the Toyota Indy 300 is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. and will be televised live on ESPN.

Qualifying Position
Position: 17th
Speed: 212.769 mph
Time: 25.1258 seconds

Scott Sharp, No. 8 Delphi/Dallara/Toyota/Firestone

"Obviously we are not where we want to be and we don't know why we're down on speed right now. We came here to test last month and we ran a 214 mph on our own as a qualifying run and we just can't seem to get back there right now. The guys have been working really hard and trying to do everything they can to the Delphi car. We have a really well balanced race car and I think we will be a lot more solid tomorrow since there is such a big draft with the new banking. The track configuration is going to make the racing pretty even and really exciting."

--This will be Sharp's 83rd career start, his 75th consecutive IndyCar start--an IRL record-- and his seventh season with Kelley Racing and his eighth IndyCar season.

--In 2003 he started sixth and finished fifth. In 2001 he finished eighth and in 2002 he finished 20th after a mechanical failure. Last year's sixth place qualifying effort is Sharps best at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

--Sharp finished 2003 in eighth place in the IndyCar Series championship with 351 points. Sharp completed 3,175 laps during the season, more than any other IndyCar Series driver.

--Sharp's victory in April 2003 at Twin Ring Motegi, Japan was his eighth career victory. He is the only IRL IndyCar Series driver to have won at least one event in each year of competition.

Kelley Racing Fast Facts:

--This will be the seventh season of Indy Racing League competition for Kelley Racing.

--Kelley Racing has made 153 starts, scored nine victories and eight poles in their Indy Racing League history.

**Media Note: The Kelley Racing Media Guide is now online at www.kelleyracing.com

---www.Kelleyracing.com

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Sharp , Buddy Rice