Entries Filed For Veterans Unser, Sharp, Rookie Yasukawa. INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, March 14, 2003 - Kelley Racing filed Indianapolis 500-Mile Race entries March 14 for two-time race winner Al Unser Jr. and veteran Scott Sharp, and Super Aguri ...
Entries Filed For Veterans Unser, Sharp, Rookie Yasukawa.
INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, March 14, 2003 - Kelley Racing filed Indianapolis 500-Mile Race entries March 14 for two-time race winner Al Unser Jr. and veteran Scott Sharp, and Super Aguri Fernandez Racing filed an entry for rookie driver Roger Yasukawa.
Both teams are full-time entrants in the Indy Racing League IndyCarTM Series.
Unser will drive the No. 31 Corteco Dallara/Toyota/Firestone. Unser won the closest Indianapolis 500 in history driving for Galles Racing in 1992, beating Scott Goodyear to the line by .043 of a second. He qualified on the pole and repeated as winner in 1994 driving for legendary team owner Roger Penske.
A native of Albuquerque, N.M. and resident of Henderson, Nev., Unser is a member of the most successful family in Indianapolis 500 history. His father, Al Unser, is one of only three drivers to win the race four times, and his uncle, Bobby, won the race three times.
Unser has the most career Indy starts of any entrant to date, with 15. His chief mechanic is John Worth.
1996 IndyCar Series co-champion Sharp, from Jupiter, Fla., will drive the No. 8 Delphi Dallara/Toyota/Firestone. He won the MBNA Pole Award at Indianapolis in 2001 but was sidelined on Lap 1 due to an accident. His best finish at Indianapolis is 10th in 2000 and 1996.
Sharp's chief mechanic is Mark Shambarger.
Both Kelley Racing entrants have identical backup cars. Paul Harcus is the manager of the team, owned by Fort Wayne, Ind., businessman Tom Kelley.
Yasukawa, a native of Los Angeles and resident of West Hollywood, Calif., will drive the No. 55 Panasonic ARTA Dallara/Honda/Firestone entry for Super Aguri Fernandez Racing. The team entered an identical backup car.
Yasukawa, a former race winner in the Toyota Atlantic and Barber Dodge Pro Series, qualified 10th in his first IndyCar Series event, the Toyota Indy 300 on March 2 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, and finished 14th.
Yasukawa is scheduled to take part in the Indianapolis 500 Rookie Orientation Program at the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway in April.
The Super Aguri Fernandez Racing team is co-owned by Fernandez Racing (which is owned by open-wheel driver Adrian Fernandez), ex-Formula One driver Aguri Suzuki and the Super Aguri Company. Chief mechanic for the Panasonic ARTA entry is Steve Ragan, and team manager is Tom Anderson.