IRL: Indy 500: Kelley Racing race report

INDIANAPOLIS---Rain delayed the start of today's 88th running of the Indianapolis 500 until approximately 1:00 p.m. and then again after 27 laps. The race got under way for the second time at 3:30 p.m. and ran until lap 180 when rain again,...

INDIANAPOLIS---Rain delayed the start of today's 88th running of the Indianapolis 500 until approximately 1:00 p.m. and then again after 27 laps. The race got under way for the second time at 3:30 p.m. and ran until lap 180 when rain again, stopped the event for the second and final time. Scott Sharp, driver of the No. 8 Delphi entry, drove a steady race. Coupled with a number of fast pit stops, Sharp moved from his starting position of 20th to a finishing position of 13th. Fisher, driving the No. 39 Bryant entry, also drove a steady race. Despite an interloper on her radio frequency, Fisher also drove a steady race and finished in 21st position.

Pole sitter Buddy Rice won today's race, while Tony Kanaan finished second and Dan Wheldon finished in third. Up next for the Kelley Racing team is the Bombardier 500K at Texas Motor Speedway on June 12.

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

"The Delphi crew did a great job. We worked on the car and the first rain really helped us. We went back out and did really well the second half of the race. We passed cars we probably didn't deserve to be passing Franchitti, Sheckter, Barron, and Unser Jr., who qualified ahead of us. We got ourselves up a bit and after all that work I was a little disappointed. It was one of those days where things happen and you just cope with it. Other crews who focused on going fast ended up not doing well in traffic and we worked on a car that did well in traffic. We've got a pretty good car and I think we can use what we learned for the future. The guys worked hard all month and gave me some really good stops today. It just keeps going and we have to keep going. We did better than we qualified and we're just going to keep working on it."

Sarah Fisher. No. 39 Bryant/CAN/Dallara/Toyota/Firestone

"I'm glad that the Bryant team finished and everybody here at Kelley Racing prepared the first class equipment and they have first class people. To bring a crew in who has never worked together and to just gel like they did to produce the pit stops they did was awesome. They did an awesome job. I just wish we were faster. We trimmed it out the last half of the race. We trimmed the wing down but we were running flat and that's all she had. We started to trim it out just playing with the draft. I wish we would've been faster but there are a lot of things out of your control as a driver. Kelley Racing has done a nice job of putting first class equipment together so we're going back happy with what we achieved.""

Kelley Racing Fast Facts

*Kelley Racing entries have made 17 Indianapolis 500 starts since 1997.

*The best start for a Kelley driver was in 2001 when Scott Sharp, driver of the No. 8 Delphi entry, started from the pole. His qualifying speed was 226.037 miles per hour.

*The best finish for a Kelley Racing driver was seventh by Tony Renna in 2003.

*Kelley Racing drivers have made 158 starts, scored nine victories and eight poles in IRL career competition.

Scott Sharp Fast Facts

*Today was Sharp's tenth start at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, his 85th career start, his 77th consecutive IndyCar start--an IRL record-- his seventh season with Kelley Racing and his eighth IndyCar season. In 2003, he started ninth and finished 20th after an accident.

*Sharp's best start at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was in 2001 when he started from the pole with a qualifying speed of 226.037 miles per hour. His best finish was tenth in 2000 and 1996. Sharp has led three laps at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Sarah Fisher Fast Facts

*Finished second in 2001 at Homestead-Miami, a career best and the best ever by a woman in Indy-style racing.

*Won MBNA Pole for the 2002 Belterra Casino Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway, becoming the first woman to win the pole position for a major-league open-wheel race in North American motorsports history.

*Became only the third woman in history to qualify for the Indianapolis 500, in 2000 when she started 19th and finished 31st after an accident.

*In 2001, Fisher started 15th, finished 31st due to a Lap 7 accident.

*In 2002, Fisher qualified ninth, posting the fastest one and four-lap qualifying speeds by a woman in Indianapolis 500 history. Finished 24th, four laps down which was her best finish at Indianapolis.

*In 2003 Fisher started 24th and finished 31st. She completed 14 laps before making contact with the Turn 3 wall after engine problems.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Sarah Fisher , Scott Sharp , Tony Kanaan , Dan Wheldon , Buddy Rice , Tony Renna