Milwaukee, WI (July 24, 2004)---Kelley Racing and Scott Sharp qualified for the inaugural AJ Foyt Indy 225 today at the famed Milwaukee Mile. Sharp rolled off in 11th position for the session and posted a best speed of 161.537 mph/ 22.620 seconds...
Milwaukee, WI (July 24, 2004)---Kelley Racing and Scott Sharp qualified for the inaugural AJ Foyt Indy 225 today at the famed Milwaukee Mile. Sharp rolled off in 11th position for the session and posted a best speed of 161.537 mph/ 22.620 seconds good for a 22nd place starting position. Vitor Meira will start from the pole position after posting a speed of 169.338 mph.
Final practice for the AJ Foyt Indy 225 will begin tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. with Sunday's 225-lap event scheduled for a 2:30 p.m. green flag (local time) and will be televised live on ABC.
Scott Sharp -- #8 Delphi/Dallara/Toyota/Firestone--Quote
"It has been a very challenging weekend for the Delphi team. We came here for the open test and did really well. Without even trying to pull off a qualifying run we were third fastest at the test and backed that same time up later on in the day. We felt that we were going to come back to Milwaukee and easily be in the top-ten but for some reason we just can't hit the target this weekend. All weekend long, with almost the same exact set-up on the car, the car is just handling way different than it did at the test. So something is wrong and we're trying to figure out what that is but for right now, it's just really frustrating."
*The AJ Foyt Indy 225 will be Sharp's 91st career start, his 83rd consecutive IRL IndyCar start--an IndyCar record-- and his seventh season with Kelley Racing.
* Milwaukee Record--Sharp raced at Milwaukee in 1994 in the Champ Car series and started 15th and finished 12th.
*Sharp is currently in 15th place in the IndyCar Series points standings with 140 points.
*Sharp's victory in April 2003 at Twin Ring Motegi, Japan was his eighth career victory.