IRL: Kansas: Scott Sharp race report

Sharp Eliminated at Kansas Speedway by Suspension Failure Scott Sharp fell victim to a left rear suspension failure on the ...

Sharp Eliminated at Kansas Speedway by Suspension Failure

Scott Sharp fell victim to a left rear suspension failure on the #8 Delphi machine this afternoon with only 35 laps remaining in the Kansas Lottery Indy 300 at Kansas Speedway. It was a disappointing end to an eventful day for Sharp, who had his hands full battling a tight race car throughout most of the 200-lap race. Sharp started 10th in his sixth appearance at Kansas Speedway, but quickly dropped to 15th by Lap 20. Front wing and tire pressure adjustments during two ensuing pit stops brought the handling of the car around and Sharp broke into the top 10 on Lap 122. He was continuing to make gains and was running in ninth with eighth place clearly in his sights when the suspension failure occurred sending him into the wall. Sharp was not injured. Despite the result, Sharp maintains his seventh-place ranking in the point standings.

Sharp and the Delphi Fernandez Racing team will have a weekend off before heading to Nashville SuperSpeedway for the Firestone Indy 200 on Saturday, July 15 th , the third and final night race of the season.

Scott Sharp - #8 Delphi Dallara/Honda/Firestone:

"It was a shame, the day. It was tough out there as we expected. With the temperature, we were sliding around a lot. We started the race off very, very tight. We had to put a bunch of [front] wing in every stop and make tire pressure changes. We finally started getting there a little bit on the last run. We moved up and passed some guys. I could work the outside and started to catch the pack ahead of me. I went down into [Turn] Three and all of a sudden boom. I just felt the left rear drop and I knew it was going to be ugly. I tried to just keep it from coming around and sort of chased it down onto the apron and then finally it just came around and I braced for the crash and backed it in."

Tom Anderson, Co-Owner/Managing Director:

"It was definitely a tough day for the Delphi Fernandez team. We had trouble getting hooked up all weekend, and never really came to grips with the setup here. We were making up some ground later in the race and finally had what probably was our best balance of the weekend. Then we had some sort of part failure in the left rear suspension of the car as Scott was entering Turn Three. I am sure all the fans could see that on the in-car camera. We have all the parts but as you can imagine after you hit the fence at that speed, they are twisted around a bit. We will get things cleaned up and analyze them over the next week and have the IRL officials look at them as well to help us diagnose the exact problem. Obviously, it was a parts failure in the back. All the nuts and bolts are there, so it wasn't a problem by one of the mechanic's. A mechanical part broke. We'll get it repaired and get on to Nashville."

-fernandezracing.com

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Sharp , Tom Anderson