IRL: Kansas: Kelley Racing race report

Kansas City, KS (July 4, 2004)--Today was a disappointment for the Kelley Racing team and driver of the No. 8 Delphi entry Scott Sharp. As the field came around to take the green flag on the opening lap of the 200-lap event, traffic checked up on...

Kansas City, KS (July 4, 2004)--Today was a disappointment for the Kelley Racing team and driver of the No. 8 Delphi entry Scott Sharp. As the field came around to take the green flag on the opening lap of the 200-lap event, traffic checked up on their brakes and Sharp did as well but had to turn to avoid making contact with other cars. Sharp made contact with the wall exiting turn 4. The Delphi team made a valiant effort to repair the car, hoping to rejoin the field prior to lap 100 and attempt to collect points. Unfortunately, they weren't able to make the repairs to the No. 8 Delphi machine in time and the team officially retired for the day.

The Kelley Racing team will now return to their shop in Indianapolis to prepare for their next event to be held on July 17 in Nashville, TN.

Scott Sharp, No. 8 Delphi/Dallara/Toyota/Firestone--- Quote

"It's a real disappointment for the Delphi team. We were looking forward to a top-ten finish today. We all got a run going to the green flag and all of the sudden everyone just stopped. I got on the brakes and turned in and it just snapped on me. I don't think anyone hit me from behind, I just had to turn to get out of the way and it just came around and snapped."

Fast Facts

*The Argent Mortgage Kansas Indy 300 was Sharp's 88th career start, his 80th consecutive IRL IndyCar start--an IndyCar record-- and his seventh season with Kelley Racing.

* Kansas Record--In 2003 he started 10th and finished 16th after a mechanical failure. In 2002, he started 13th and finished sixth, while in 2001 he started from the pole and finished 17th after an accident.

*Sharp is currently in place in the IndyCar Series points standings with points.

*Sharp's victory in April 2003 at Twin Ring Motegi, Japan was his eighth career victory.

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