IRL: Kentucky: Kelley Racing race report

Sparta, KY (August 15, 2004)---Scott Sharp, driver of the No. 8 Delphi entry, finished 17th today in the Belterra Casino Indy 300. Sharp started the day in 16th position and despite good pit stops by the Delphi crew was unable to hold on to his...

Sparta, KY (August 15, 2004)---Scott Sharp, driver of the No. 8 Delphi entry, finished 17th today in the Belterra Casino Indy 300. Sharp started the day in 16th position and despite good pit stops by the Delphi crew was unable to hold on to his starting position, eventually finishing 17th. Adrian Fernandez won the 200-lap event while Buddy Rice finished second and Dan Wheldon finished third.

The Kelley Racing team will now return to their Indianapolis shop and prepare for their next event to be held on Sunday, August 22, 2004 at Pikes Peak International Raceway.

Scott Sharp -- #8 Delphi/Dallara/Toyota/Firestone--Quote

"Boy, today was a long day. I feel like we worked really hard but we just couldn't get up front. My car was not very good at the beginning of each stint so I would lose ground and then the car would start handling better, actually it was really good, but I just couldn't gain much ground. The Delphi guys did a great job in the pits today and we were able to pick up a few spots each time so that really helped."

Fast Facts

*The Belterra Casino Indy 300 was Sharp's 93rd career start, his 85th consecutive IRL IndyCar start--an IndyCar record-- and his seventh season with Kelley Racing.

* Kentucky Record--In 2003 Sharp started 18th and finished 13th while in 2002, Sharp started 21st and finished fourth. In 2001, he started from the pole and led 105 laps en-route to a second place finish while in 2000, he started 18th and finished 24th due to an engine problem on lap 16.

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

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Sharp , Adrian Fernandez , Dan Wheldon , Buddy Rice