IRL: Homestead: Rahal Letterman Racing qualifying report

SHARP'S STRONG RUN PACES RLR QUALIFYING AT HOMESTEAD HOMESTEAD, Florida - Scott Sharp made a statement in his qualifying debut with Rahal Letterman Racing claiming the inside of row four with a fast lap of 212.623 mph. Sharp, who like his new...

SHARP'S STRONG RUN PACES RLR QUALIFYING AT HOMESTEAD

HOMESTEAD, Florida - Scott Sharp made a statement in his qualifying debut with Rahal Letterman Racing claiming the inside of row four with a fast lap of 212.623 mph. Sharp, who like his new team RLR suffered through a disappointing season in 2006, showcased the hard off-season work of Rahal Letterman and its newest driver with a solid qualifying run.

"The Patron car was great. Year-after-year you hear everyone say that you want your fastest lap to be in qualifying. Well today our fastest lap was in qualifying. My crew and I worked through a lot of changes this afternoon and it paid off. You have to be careful that you don't chase the track in the heat of the afternoon. We practice during the day, but we qualify and race at night. I can't give enough credit to my crew. This is a hard working group whose hard work ethic today really paid off in speed on the track."

Sharp's teammate second year driver Jeff Simmons didn't enjoy the same success. Simmons who closed the '06 season as RLR hottest driver with six top-ten results in the last seven races, qualified a disappointing 16th with a fast lap of 211.104 mph.

"I got everything I thought I could out of the Ethanol car, but I am disappointed. We are running a very close set-up as to what Scott [Sharp] is, but we just aren't getting the same speed out of the car. This wasn't what we were looking for. We have to go back and figure out what the problem is. I was pretty happy with the car earlier when we did run full tanks, so I think we will have a pretty good race car, but without a warm-up tomorrow we will be flying somewhat blind heading into the race. It [no warm-up] is the same for everyone on the grid, but the position we are in we could really use as much track time as possible."

-credit: rlr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Sharp , Jeff Simmons