IRL: Indy 500: Kelley Racing pole day report

Kelley Racing set for their sixth Indy 500. Kelley Racing is officially entered in their sixth Indianapolis 500 as drivers Scott Sharp and Al Unser Jr. qualified strong during the MBNA Pole qualifying today. Sharp was the third driver on the...

Kelley Racing set for their sixth Indy 500.

Kelley Racing is officially entered in their sixth Indianapolis 500 as drivers Scott Sharp and Al Unser Jr. qualified strong during the MBNA Pole qualifying today.

Sharp was the third driver on the track to make his attempt at competing in the 86th running of the Indy 500. His lap speeds were consistently in the 229 mph range with a four-lap average of 229.486 mph. Sharp qualified 8th and will start in the middle of the third row.

"I'm really pleased with the run," said Sharp. "I ran flat out and felt good with the Delphi car, but we missed it a little bit with the gears. It was neat to win the Pole last year, but you're not going to win it every year. There are two races here: This is the first race, and the second one is in two weeks. Last year was awesome, but I came into May thinking about the race. We're really focused on the race."

Unser Jr. had a little bit longer wait to make his qualification attempt. Light rain arrived at the Speedway just before Noon today and delayed qualifications for 30 minutes. As the rain passed, the track dried quickly and Unser was on track making his qualification attempt by 1 p.m. He qualified 12th and will start outside the fourth row with an average qualifying speed of 229.058 mph.

"I'm just really happy," said Unser. "Mike Colliver (engineer) and John Worth (crew chief) and all the boys did a great job preparing the Corteco/Bryant car. I'm just really proud of the whole team. I may have been a little too cautious out there, but I knew we didn't have a chance for the pole and so we just worked on getting it in the show. We got it in the show, so now we'll go race."

Next round of May competition for Kelley Racing will be on Carburetion Day, May 23. The No. 8 Delphi and No. 7 Corteco/Bryant teams will both be put to the test as they compete in the annual Pit Stop Competition. Final practice for the month will be from 11 a.m. -- 1 p.m. that day with pit stop competition beginning at 1 p.m.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Al Unser Jr. , Scott Sharp