IRL: Sharp moves up to third in Driver Championship

LEBANON, Tenn., Friday, July 21, 2001 - Kelley Racing driver Scott Sharp earned his seventh Top-10 finish of the season by finishing fifth in tonight 's Harrah's Indy 200 at Nashville Superspeedway. This was the Indy Racing League's inaugural ...

LEBANON, Tenn., Friday, July 21, 2001 - Kelley Racing driver Scott Sharp earned his seventh Top-10 finish of the season by finishing fifth in tonight 's Harrah's Indy 200 at Nashville Superspeedway.

This was the Indy Racing League's inaugural event on the 1.33-mile oval and is the only concrete track that the Indy Racing Northern Light Series will race on this season. The track surface made for a challenging weekend for all the teams, including Kelley Racing.

"The car was pretty tight in the beginning, but as it loosened up we were sliding all over the place," said Sharp. "There were times when I could hardly hold on to the steering wheel."

Although the track presented a challenge to the two Kelley Racing teams, Sharp was able to finish in the Top-5 for the fifth time this season moving him up to third in the Driver Point Standings.

"We were running pretty competitive times with everyone out there," said Sharp. "The Delphi crew just hung in there and made some nice changes to the car during pit stops and I was able to hold on for a good finish."

Sharp's teammate Mark Dismore started third and was running near the front of the pack when an accident on lap 103 took him out of the race. Dismore was making it past an accident between Greg Ray and Eddie Cheever Jr. when driver Airton Dare came up too fast on the accident scene and ran over the back of Dismore's car.

"I had the wreck cleared when someone ran over the back of my car," said Dismore. "It damaged the car enough that it couldn't be repaired in time to get back in the race."

The accident left Dismore with a 16th place finish in tonight's race putting him 17th in the Driver Point Standings.

Next stop for Dismore and Sharp is the final IROC race of the season at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on August 4. Dismore will be completing his second consecutive season competing in the International Race of Champions series while Sharp will complete his first season of being the expert open-wheel analyst in the broadcast booth alongside Announcer Bob Jenkins. The next Indy Racing event is scheduled for August 12 at Kentucky Speedway.

-KR-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Greg Ray , Scott Sharp , Airton Daré , Mark Dismore