IRL: Nazareth: Kelley Racing race report

Nazareth, PA (August 29, 2004)---It was a tough day today for the No. 8 Delphi crew and driver Scott Sharp. The 1-mile oval of Nazareth Speedway took its toll early with the No. 8 car as Sharp went a lap down in the first stint of the race. ...

Nazareth, PA (August 29, 2004)---It was a tough day today for the No. 8 Delphi crew and driver Scott Sharp. The 1-mile oval of Nazareth Speedway took its toll early with the No. 8 car as Sharp went a lap down in the first stint of the race. Sharp and the Delphi crew maintained their composure and were moving up the grid, still fighting for position when on lap 179 a miscommunication caused contact between Townsend Bell and Sharp. It ended the day for them both with Sharp finishing the day in 19th position.

The Kelley Racing team will now return to their shop in Indianapolis to prepare for their next event, the Delphi Indy 300, to be held September 12 at Chicagoland Speedway.

Scott Sharp, No. 8 Delphi/Dallara/Toyota/Fireston

"It was a rough day. We were just hanging in there with the Delphi car trying to put together as good a finish as possible. Townsend (Bell) just told me in the Medical Center that his spotter cleared him to go inside of me and somehow that wasn't communicated. It's a shame because he was actually running better than me and would have had a better finish but now both of us are out of the race. It's just really disappointing."

Fast Facts

*The Firestone Indy 225 was Sharp's 95th career start, his 87th consecutive IRL IndyCar start--an IndyCar record-- and his seventh season with Kelley Racing.

* Nazareth Record--In 2003 Sharp started 16th and finished 12th while in 2002, Sharp scored a victory at the inaugural event after starting 11th.

*Sharp is currently in 14th place in the IndyCar Series points standings with 205 points.

*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 , Townsend Bell