IRL: Texas: Scott Sharp race report

Sharp Brings Home Fifth-Place Run in Texas Scott Sharp gave it all he had tonight in Texas to claim his seventh top-five finish at Texas Motor Speedway with a fifth-place run in the Bombardier Learjet 500. Sharp, who started seventh, struggled...

Sharp Brings Home Fifth-Place Run in Texas

Scott Sharp gave it all he had tonight in Texas to claim his seventh top-five finish at Texas Motor Speedway with a fifth-place run in the Bombardier Learjet 500. Sharp, who started seventh, struggled in the initial stages of the 200-lap race as the #8 Delphi machine was sliding around the 1.5-mile oval. Following front wing and tire pressure adjustments during the team's first pit stop on Lap 56, Sharp steadily made gains on the race track, moving into the top five in the closing 20 laps. His finish today -- his fifth top-10 finish to date this season -- has moved Sharp up into seventh in the point standings.

Scott Sharp - #8 Delphi Dallara /Honda/Firestone:
"I am just really happy. I felt coming in here that, hopefully, this would be a race that could start to lead us off on a bit of a run and turns things around a little bit for us this year. It hasn't been a struggle, but the results and the speed have been slow to come as quickly as we wanted. We came here and JD (John Dick, race engineer) and the guys did a great job all weekend, and we were competitive. We qualified seventh and practiced well. I dealt with the car a little bit in the beginning of the race. It was a little bit of a struggle because we were sliding around a lot, but we stayed at it. I think this [result] was everything we had. If you look at the four cars ahead of us, it would be tough at the moment for us to beat them. That's not to say that we are not going to keep trying. I am pleased where we are. We were running third at Richmond before we were taken out last year, ran well at Kansas -- we ought to be on a real good run."

Tom Anderson, Co-Owner/Managing Director:
"The Delphi team did a great job tonight. Scott did everything he could with what we gave him this weekend, and I think credit goes to John Dick and Chris Finch [race engineers] for the gains they are making with our new Dallara chassis this year. I'm really proud of that. I can't say enough about Firestone tonight. We were in a situation where we needed to go extra miles tonight and, on this 24-banking here in Texas, those Firestone's did a hell of a job because we ran over 60 laps -- way past the fuel stint -- on those tires. We needed them and we finished on the cord, but the Firestone tire held in there for us tonight and we really appreciate it. It was a good finish and we are looking forward to Richmond in two weeks."

-www.delphifernandezracing.net

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Sharp , Tom Anderson