IRL: Richmond: Scott Sharp race report

Sharp Brings Home Fifth-Place Run at Richmond Scott Sharp claimed his second consecutive top-five finish this evening, with a solid run to fifth in the SunTrust Indy& ...

Sharp Brings Home Fifth-Place Run at Richmond

Scott Sharp claimed his second consecutive top-five finish this evening, with a solid run to fifth in the SunTrust Indy™ Challenge at Richmond International Raceway. The result ties Sharp's best run at the .75 bullring of fifth in 2001, and marks his 35 th career IndyCar Series top-five finish.

Sharp started second, and ran with the leaders throughout the 250-lap race. He dropped out of the top five only once, to seventh place around the 150-lap mark, but steadily maneuvered through lapped traffic to return to the top five. The result is Sharp's sixth top-10 result in seven events. He is currently seventh in the point standings, 12 points outside of sixth.

Scott Sharp - #8 Delphi Dallara /Honda/Firestone:
"It was a good day for the Delphi team. There was a time there in the first part of the race where I thought we were really one of the fastest cars on the track, but I was stuck behind Helio [Castroneves] and couldn't get by him. Had I been able to get by him, I think I could have gone up and raced with Sam [Hornish Jr.]. I don't know about passing him, but at least race with him. In the middle part of the race, we were sort of cruising - saving fuel and riding along with the leaders. Traffic would really dictate whether I would pass people or they would pass me. After our last pit stop, for some reason the car just tightened up. I am not sure what happened. I had to move my weightjacker all the way over and still I was just grinding the fronts [tires]. The car just wouldn't rotate for me. When the car won't turn, there is really nothing else you can do. We probably lost three or four tenths in overall lap time. Still, we have two top fives in a row and the team is doing a really great job. We certainly are on a bit of a roll right now, and hopefully we can keep it going at Kansas."

Tom Anderson, Co-Owner/Managing Director:
"It was a reasonable result for the Delphi team. I thought Scott drove a really strong race, and the engineering staff of John Dick and Chris Finch did an excellent job with the setup they had coming here. The car was quick all weekend, and I thought we would be a little bit higher up. I realize fourth is a good position but I thought there was more there. We put too much fuel in on the last stop and some of the others didn't, so we gave up a lot on the last stop. I am disappointed with that, but we will live with our decisions and move on to Kansas."

-www.delphifernandezracing.net

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Sharp , Tom Anderson