Sharp Limited in Practice Time at Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg The IndyCar Series took to the streets of downtown St. Petersburg, Fla., today as opening practice activities began for Sunday's Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Scott Sharp...
Sharp Limited in Practice Time at Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
The IndyCar Series took to the streets of downtown St. Petersburg, Fla., today as opening practice activities began for Sunday's Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Scott Sharp was one driver unable to take advantage of the two hours and thirty minutes of track time afforded on the schedule due to a mechanical problem on the #8 Delphi Panoz/Honda/Firestone.
Sharp completed only 30 minutes of the two-hour morning session, but was optimistic after making gains in the afternoon outing and breaking into the 100+ mph mark. Today's combined practice sessions will determine the qualifying order for tomorrow, with the six fastest cars entering the Firestone top-six shootout to set the first three rows of the grid.
Sharp overcame a last row starting position due to a qualifying penalty to move up to sixth place at St. Petersburg last year before becoming the victim of an on-track incident which ended his race early. He currently sits seventh in the championship standings.
Scott Sharp - #8 Delphi Panoz/Honda/Firestone:
"This was a pretty good rebound session for us. We lost a huge hunk of time this morning. The track was so dirty early on that almost all the cars waited the first 30 minutes and didn't run much, including us. We were able to run the next half hour before we had a mechanical problem. We had to spend the whole second hour parked. With such little track time on these street circuits, you don't have a chance to really catch up. This was a good session for us. We learned some things and definitely picked up some speed as it was getting hotter out. We are probably not going to milk all the speed out of this car that we would have liked to because we just don't have the time. We have to make it as fast as we can, qualify as good as possible, stay out of trouble and we can still get ourselves some good points."