IRL: Pikes Peak: Scott Sharp preview

Sharp Rides Wave of Momentum into Honda Indy 225 Scott Sharp is still smiling. After commenting earlier in the season that he felt a resurgence in his career since joining the Delphi Fernandez team, Sharp backed up that statement by claiming his...

Sharp Rides Wave of Momentum into Honda Indy 225

Scott Sharp is still smiling. After commenting earlier in the season that he felt a resurgence in his career since joining the Delphi Fernandez team, Sharp backed up that statement by claiming his first race win since 2003 this past Sunday at Kentucky Speedway. His victory in the Amber Alert Portal Indy 300 was the first win of 2005 for chassis manufacturer Panoz, breaking a 12-race winning streak by Dallara which dated back to October of 2004.

Sharp heads to Pikes Peak International Raceway this weekend for the Honda Indy 225 with a ton of momentum. His victory last weekend has moved him up to fifth in the championship standings, only 24 points out of third place. Five races remain on the schedule. With nine IndyCar Series starts at Pikes Peak, Sharp is the most experienced driver in the field on the one-mile tri-oval.

* Will be making his 10th IndyCar Series start at Pikes Peak

* Has claimed two front-row starts at Pikes Peak, including the pole in 1997

* Recorded best finish at Pikes Peak of third in 2000

* Claimed his first win of the season last weekend in Kentucky

* Currently sits fifth the championship standings

* Season-to-date record includes five top-five and nine top-10 finishes

* Will be making his 111th IndyCar Series start and record 103rd consecutive start

2005 Performance Chart on Attachment

Scott Sharp, #8 Delphi Panoz/Honda/Firestone: "Pikes Peak is a mile track, but boy it races like a big track. Our short-track program has been so strong on these kinds of circuits especially when you look at Phoenix, which correlates quite well. We have developed our setup even further since then. I think we go to Colorado with a tremendous chance to do well and we have a lot of momentum coming off our win last weekend. I really like Pikes Peak. I like how the race unfolds there; it is just different. The race starts and then it is just crazy out there with people two and three abreast. There are multiple grooves and it is just a real racy track. I think that is the type of circumstance where our team is really going to excel."

SCOTT SHARP FAST FACTS: Is in his 10th season of IndyCar Series competition, and is the only driver to have contested every season of IndyCar Series competition since the inception of the IRL 10 years ago-- career record includes nine wins, five pole positions and 32 top-five finishes-- was the 1996 IndyCar Series co-champion and the 2001 Indianapolis 500 MBNA Pole winner-- is a former two-time SCCA Trans-Am Champion and three-time SCCA National Champion-- 37 years old from Norwalk, Connecticut-- currently resides in Jupiter, Florida.

-www.delphifernandezracing.net

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