IRL: Indy 500: Scott Sharp day three report

Sharp Second Quickest in Opening Practice Weather: Sunny, hot and humid at the start of practice with temperatures at 78 F and winds out of the southwest at 10 mph with gusts of 18 mph. At 4:00 pm, temperatures at 88 F and winds out of the ...

Sharp Second Quickest in Opening Practice

Weather: Sunny, hot and humid at the start of practice with temperatures at 78 F and winds out of the southwest at 10 mph with gusts of 18 mph. At 4:00 pm, temperatures at 88 F and winds out of the west-southwest at 12 mph with gusts to 21 mph.

Practice Summary: Sharp completed his first run at 1:00 pm, posting a best lap of 223.664 mph in a shakedown of the #8 T-car. He returned to the track at 4:30 pm for his first run in the primary car, posting a best lap of 226.609 mph to claim the second fastest time of the day.

Number of Laps:
12 - #8 T-car
32 - # 8

Scott Sharp, #8 Delphi Panoz/Honda/Firestone:

"I am so enthused to come here with this team. It is what I have always dreamed about. This is my favorite race track. To come here and feel like I have this effort behind me really gives me confidence walking in, so it is great to have this kind of a first day to back that up. We have a lot of work ahead of us. Tomorrow night, no one is going to care who was fastest on Tuesday night so it's all about keeping it going. We are going to work through our long list of things we need to learn and, hopefully, that will put us in the position we need to be on Saturday."

SCOTT SHARP FAST FACTS: Is preparing for his 11th Indianapolis 500 start-- posted best qualifying effort in 2001 capturing the MBNA Pole Position-- recorded best finish of 10th in 1996 and 2000-- qualified 20th and finished 13th last year-- currently sits sixth in the championship standings, five points out of fourth-- claimed two top-five finishes to date this season -- (2nd-Japan/5th-Phoenix)-- captured best qualifying result to date this season of third in Japan-- is in his 10th season of IndyCar Series competition-- is the series' most experienced driver with 102 career starts and a record 94 consecutive starts-- ranked second in IndyCar Series career wins-- career record includes eight wins, five pole positions and 29 top-five finishes-- was the 1996 IndyCar Series co-champion and the 2001 Indianapolis 500 MBNA Pole winner-- is a former two-time SCCA Trans-Am Champion and three-time SCCA National Champion-- 37 years old from Norwalk, Connecticut-- currently resides in Jupiter, Florida.

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