IRL: Indy 500: Fernandez Racing files first entries

FIRST 90TH INDIANAPOLIS 500 ENTRIES FILED FOR SHARP, MATSUURA INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, March 14, 2006 -- Delphi Fernandez Racing and Super Aguri Fernandez Racing filed the first entries for the 90th Indianapolis 500, naming Scott Sharp and Kosuke...

FIRST 90TH INDIANAPOLIS 500 ENTRIES FILED FOR SHARP, MATSUURA

INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, March 14, 2006 -- Delphi Fernandez Racing and Super Aguri Fernandez Racing filed the first entries for the 90th Indianapolis 500, naming Scott Sharp and Kosuke Matsuura as the drivers for their respective entries.

The 90th Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for Sunday, May 28 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Entries must be postmarked by midnight Wednesday, April 5.

Sharp, from Jupiter, Fla., will drive the No. 8 Delphi Dallara/Honda/Firestone, with a Panoz/Honda/Firestone entered as a backup car. Don Lambert is the chief mechanic.

2001 Indianapolis 500 pole winner Sharp will attempt to make his 12th Indianapolis 500 start. His best finish was seventh last year. Sharp is the 1996 IndyCar® Series co-champion.

Matsuura, a native of Japan who lives in Indianapolis, will drive the No. 55 Panasonic ARTA Dallara/Honda/Firestone, with an identical backup entered. Tony Leith is the chief mechanic.

2004 Indianapolis 500 JPMorgan Chase Bank Rookie of the Year Matsuura will attempt to make his third Indy start. His best finish was 11th as a rookie, while he recorded a best start of eighth last year.

Simon Hodgson is the general manager of both entries. Indianapolis 500 veteran Adrian Fernandez has ownership in both entries, while former Formula One driver and current F1 team owner Aguri Suzuki is part-owner of Super Aguri Fernandez Racing.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Sharp , Adrian Fernandez , Kosuke Matsuura , Aguri Suzuki