KANSAS CITY, Kansas (July 6, 2003)--- Today was a tough one for Kelley Racing drivers Al Unser Jr. and Scott Sharp. Sharp, driver of the No. 8 Delphi entry, started the day in 10th position and by utilizing an alternate pit strategy had worked...
KANSAS CITY, Kansas (July 6, 2003)--- Today was a tough one for Kelley Racing drivers Al Unser Jr. and Scott Sharp. Sharp, driver of the No. 8 Delphi entry, started the day in 10th position and by utilizing an alternate pit strategy had worked his way into third position by the mid-point of the race. At lap 167 Sharp experienced a problem and although his engine was running, he lost all forward momentum. That ended the day for Sharp in 16th position. Unser Jr., driver of the No. 31 Corteco entry, started the day in seventh position and was running in the top ten for most of the day. Unfortunately, on Unser Jr.'s third pit stop a problem was discovered with the right rear wheel hub. The Corteco crew spent 20 laps trying to fix the problem and were able to get Unser Jr. back on track in the hopes of capturing additional points. Unser Jr. ended the race in 14th position. The Kelley Racing team will now return to their Indianapolis shop and prepare for the next event the Firestone that will be held July 19th at the Nashville Superspeedway.
Al Unser Jr. -- #31 Corteco/Dallara/Toyota/Firestone
"What can I say, we just had a so-so day. The Corteco special ran good all day but then we had a problem with the right rear and that killed the race for us. The changes that we made on the car really helped it today and my hats off to my crew and Michael Colliver, my engineer, for doing an excellent job. I want to congratulate Bryan Herta today on a job well done. Now we get on to the next one."
Al Unser Jr. Fast Facts
Today was Unser Jr.'s 316th career start and his 43rd IRL start.
Kansas Record--In 2002 Unser Jr. started 17th and finished 17th after a mechanical failure. In 2001 he started 15th and finished 20th after an electrical failure.
His victory on June 7 at Texas Motor Speedway was his third IndyCar Series victory and his 34th career victory.
Unser Jr. has won two Indianapolis 500's (1992, 1994) and two open-wheel championships (1990, 1994).
Scott Sharp -- #8 Delphi/Dallara/Toyota/Firestone
"The failure was really strange. We think it was the gearbox, but the gearbox had run flawlessly all day and didn't give any indication of a problem. It was perfect out of the pits, perfect on the restarts and then all of the sudden I was just running along and I heard something "shear" and then I lost all forward movement. What a disappointment for the whole Delphi team."
Scott Sharp Fast Facts
Today was Sharp's 74th career start and his sixth season with Kelley Racing.
Kansas Record--In 2002, he started 13th and finished sixth, while in 2001 he started from the pole and finished 17th after an accident.
Sharp's victory in April at Twin Ring Motegi, Japan was his eighth career victory.