Sharp to Start 16th in Texas

Scott Sharp will make his 15th IndyCar Series career start at Texas Motor Speedway from Row Eight of the grid after qualifying the #8 Delphi machine in 16th position this evening. Sharp, who is currently sixth in the championship standings, has charged from the back of the grid at the Fort Worth circuit in the past finishing sixth in 2003 after qualifying 20th. He will be challenging for his third win on the 1.5-mile oval this Saturday as the series kicks off its first night race of the 2005 season.

Scott Sharp, #8 Delphi Panoz/Honda/Firestone:

"We are still trying to sort the car out and chasing it a little bit at the moment, but I have a lot of confidence in the team. We have been working on a car for the race most of the day. This is a track that is probably the least sensitive to where you qualify. You certainly need a car that you can race well and I am confident that when the green flags drops, we are going to have that. To be able to win here, you have to have a real 'placeable' car to run at the bottom and at the top and, if you get into a bit of traffic, to be able to run the third groove. I think 'placeability' is really important and you have to spend some time in practice working on that."

SCOTT SHARP FAST FACTS: Will be making his 15th IndyCar career start at Texas-- is a two-time winner at Texas (2000 and 2001)-- career record at Texas includes five top-five finishes and eight top-10 finishes-- in 14 starts at Texas, has led 11 races for a total of 150 laps-- has started on the front row at Texas twice, qualifying second in 1999 and 2001-- started 13th and finished eighth in his last appearance at Texas-- currently sits sixth in the championship standings-- recorded best finish to date this season of second in Japan-- qualified third in the last two IndyCar Series races -- Japan and Indianapolis-- enters his 10th season of IndyCar Series competition-- is the series' most experienced driver with 103 career starts and a record 95 consecutive starts-- ranked second in IndyCar Series career wins-- career record includes eight wins, five pole positions and 28 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.