IPS: IRL: Nashville: Kelly Racing qualifying notes

LEBANON, TN ~ July 19, 2002 ~ Kelley Racing drivers Scott Sharp, Tony Renna and Jason Priestley turned in solid qualify runs for Saturday's events at Nashville Superspeedway. Sharp put his ...

LEBANON, TN ~ July 19, 2002 ~ Kelley Racing drivers Scott Sharp, Tony Renna and Jason Priestley turned in solid qualify runs for Saturday's events at Nashville Superspeedway.

Sharp put his #8 Delphi car on the inside of the sixth row for Saturday night's Firestone Indy 200.

"We kept making changes during practice to keep improving the car," said Sharp. "Testing here helped us a great deal but we were hoping for a little more improvement to start closer to the front of the field but we will be ok.

"The concrete surface here actually is more consistent and less susceptible to change due to weather and temperature which allows us more opportunity to improve the handling of the car during the race which gives us more latitude in the setup at the beginning of the race.

"The car felt very stable and I feel like the Delphi car will perform well tomorrow night."

Renna, substituting in the #7 Corteco/Bryant car for Al Unser, Jr., will start his first IRL race from the outside of row seven.

""I was fortunate to get out there, and the guys on the crew put a really good setup on the car," said Renna. "It was really stable for me. The Corteco/Bryant car ran really well.

"For me, this weekend is all about getting laps. I'm really here to keep the seat warm for Al (Unser Jr.). I just want to get out there and get as many laps under my belt as I can. Now I'm in the show. I just want to get 200 laps under my belt, have four or five good pit stops, and get a good baseline to start from when we get to Michigan next week. We can start worrying about going fast then."

Priestley will start his second Indy Infiniti Pro Series race in the #7 HomeMed car from the outside of row two.

"We spent most of practice focusing on our race setup rather than qualifying," said Priestley. "We would have liked to have started on the front row but I am happy with a P4 starting spot.

"I am very confident in the car for tomorrow's race.   Getting the setup
right here at Nashville is critical.  The concrete surface is a new
experience for me as well as my crew.  We want to run as well or better
than we did at Kansas.  I think we are headed in the right direction"

-kr-

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Series IndyCar , Indy Lights
Drivers Scott Sharp , Al Unser Sr. , Jason Priestley