IRL: Motegi: Scott Sharp qualifying report

Sharp to Start Third at Bridgestone Indy Japan 300 Scott Sharp will make his third career start at Twin Ring Motegi from the second row of the grid after qualifying the ...

Sharp to Start Third at Bridgestone Indy Japan 300

Scott Sharp will make his third career start at Twin Ring Motegi from the second row of the grid after qualifying the #8 Delphi machine third for tomorrow's Bridgestone Indy Japan 300. Sharp has been in the top 10 throughout the three practice sessions leading up to qualifying this afternoon, and posted a fast lap only 0.0372 seconds shy of the pole winning time. This is his best starting position at the 1.5-mile oval and his best qualifying effort to date this season.

Sharp, winner of the inaugural 2003 IndyCar Series race in Japan, will be setting his sights on a repeat performance in tomorrow's 200-lap event.

Scott Sharp, #8 Delphi Panoz/Honda/Firestone: "I am just really excited. We worked on the car a lot yesterday and felt like we needed a little bit more, especially for qualifying. The engineering staff worked hard overnight and came up with some great changes. We were good this morning, and took even another step forward for qualifying. You just have to love it when a plan comes together like that. A lot of the changes we made obviously helped for today with the great qualifying spot and will help tomorrow. This is an important race for us. A lot of the Delphi Asia Pacific people will be here as well as a number of guests from Futaba so it is great to have the Delphi car starting up towards the front. Our job now is to make sure it is up there at the end of the day tomorrow."

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