Accident Ends Strong Run by Sharp in Richmond Scott Sharp looked headed for his fourth top-five finish of the season, but saw a strong run end just under 50 laps shy of the checkered flag at Richmond International Raceway. Sharp started the ...
Accident Ends Strong Run by Sharp in Richmond
Scott Sharp looked headed for his fourth top-five finish of the season, but saw a strong run end just under 50 laps shy of the checkered flag at Richmond International Raceway. Sharp started the 250-lap race in 12th position, and mounted a charge toward the front from the onset. He was shown in second at the 100-lap mark, and was never outside the top-four as he prepared for a 50-lap sprint to the finish. Unfortunately, contact with a lapped car ended his day early.
Scott Sharp, #8 Delphi Panoz/Honda/Firestone:
"What a sad ending for what otherwise was a great day for the Delphi team. The guys gave me great pit stops. Chris [Finch], my engineer, did a great job. He really did. He took a car that we weren't entirely pleased with and took a gamble on some changes and just hit it right on. It has been so long since I started a short oval race and just started moving forward from the beginning. He is switched on and I am really excited for the momentum we have. We were sitting in a great spot, in fourth place with fifty laps to go. I was trying to catch the leaders and stay ahead of [Patrick] Carpentier and came up upon [Roger] Yasukawa who decided to block me to the inside going down the front straightaway. I basically had nothing else to do but go down the outside of him and I had to keep it tight because of the marbles. I had hoped that with him being four or so laps down, that he would back out of it. I guess he decided he wanted to race me and his right front tagged my left rear and he spun me up into the wall. That was the end of our night and it was a real shame."
SCOTT SHARP FAST FACTS: This was his fifth IndyCar Series start at Richmond-- recorded best result at Richmond in 2001, finishing fifth-- claimed best starting position of sixth at Richmond in 2002-- posted three top-five results to date this season with a best finish of second in Japan-- enters his 10th season of IndyCar Series competition-- is the series' most experienced driver with 105 career starts and a record 97 consecutive starts-- ranked second in IndyCar Series career wins-- career record includes eight wins, five pole positions and 30 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.
Tom Anderson, Co-Owner/Managing Director:
"The Delphi team had a fantastic run tonight. The get together with another Honda car, that of Roger Yasukawa, was an unfortunate thing. It is a tight bullring-type race track and that is the kind of excitement that you see here in Richmond on a Saturday night. It is part of the game we play here. Fortunately all of the drivers are okay. I know throughout the paddock there are some hurt feelings tonight, but it was a good, entertaining race. I think the fans here really enjoyed themselves under ideal weather conditions. The car tonight was really good. I thought Chris Finch did a good job working with Scott. The car was in the window pretty much the entire night. The Firestone tires were exceptional. It was easy to run past the fuel window which we haven't been able to do before. We were running well over 100 laps on this little .75-mile oval with the big banking, and that is a big credit to Firestone and their crew. We appreciate everything they do. We are sorry we couldn't bring home a victory for Honda tonight, but we will get them next week in Kansas City."