Kelley Racing "3 For 3"
Charlotte, NC (April 30, 1999) - Kelley Racing continued its streak of starting the 1999 Pep Boys Indy Racing League races from the front row. Scott Sharp captured the pole in Orlando, teammate Mark Dismore started 2nd at Phoenix and Sharp will start tomorrow night' race from second position.
With yesterday's entire track schedule canceled due to rain, Sharp and Dismore had only one shortened practice session today to get a feel for the track. The team compensated for cold temperatures and gusty winds. Temperatures are expected to be warmer for the race; similar to conditions experienced during the team's test earlier this month.
Top Ten Qualifiers:
1. Greg Ray #2 222.039 mph
2. Scott Sharp #8 221.239 mph
3. Scott Goodyear #4 221.067 mph
4. Sam Schmidt #99 220.390 mph
5. Jeff Ward #21 219.736 mph
6. Davey Hamilton #25 219.691 mph
7. Tyce Carlson #20 219.459 mph
8. Mark Dismore #28 219.459 mph
9. Billy Boat #11 219.085 mph
10. Donnie Beechler #98 218.296 mph
Scott Sharp "Qualifying was more entertaining then expected. Trying to go fast on a cold track in such cold weather is not easy. At one point a vibration in the car shook my helmet in a way that blurred my vision. I saw the green and knew I had to run in this condition or start in the back. So I ran with it and now I'm starting in the first row. I would have liked to earn the pole position, but we earned two points and I'm happy."
Mark Dismore "We didn't have a lot of time out there today. Earlier today, during practice, we came out with a full tank of fuel to see what the car could do. We got pretty fast by the end of the practice session. We made some changes and went out and qualified pretty well."
David Cripps - technical director "We're satisfied with today's results. We've earned a front row position in 3 of 3 events and thats made us feel pretty comfortable. This race should prove to be a very close one."