IRL: Fontana: Kelley Racing preview

Kelley Racing Fast Facts *This is the sixth season of IRL competition for Kelley Racing. *Kelley Racing drivers have made 149 starts, scored nine victories and eight poles in IRL career competition. Al Unser Jr., No. 31 ...

Kelley Racing Fast Facts

*This is the sixth season of IRL competition for Kelley Racing.

*Kelley Racing drivers have made 149 starts, scored nine victories and eight poles in IRL career competition.

Al Unser Jr., No. 31 Corteco/Dallara/Toyota/Firestone--Fast Facts and Quote

* This will be Unser Jr.'s 323rd career start and his 50th IRL start.

*Unser Jr. is currently sixth in the IndyCar Series points standings with 330 points.

*California Record--In 2002, the inaugural year for the IRL at Fontana, Unser Jr. started 7th and finished 11th. As a Champ Car driver Unser Jr. raced in Fontana in 1997 and 1998. In 1997, he started 20th and finished 22nd, while in 1998 he started 13th and finished 27th.

*His victory on June 7 at Texas Motor Speedway was his third IndyCar Series victory and his 34th career victory.

*Unser Jr. has won two Indianapolis 500's (1992, 1994) and two open-wheel championships (1990, 1994).

Quote on the Toyota Indy 400

"I've always loved racing at the California Speedway and that is mainly because it is a big, fast two-mile oval. We run very fast at California and the draft is a huge part of every race at this track. We run two and three abreast all day long and it's a very exciting race. I think the Corteco team will be in pretty decent shape this weekend since we ran well at Michigan, the sister track to California. I'm looking forward to a good weekend."

Scott Sharp, No. 8 Delphi/Dallara/Toyota/Firestone---Fast Facts and Quote

*This will be Sharp's 81st career start, his 73rd consecutive IndyCar start--an IRL record-- and his sixth season with Kelley Racing.

*California Record--In 2002, Sharp started 9th and finished 8th .

*Sharp is currently in ninth place in the IndyCar Series with 299 points.

*Sharp's victory in April at Twin Ring Motegi, Japan was his eighth career victory.

Quote on the Toyota Indy 400

"One thing is for sure, California is going to be an outstanding race. The competition keeps getting tighter and tighter which means the races somehow get even better than they already are in the IndyCar Series. The Delphi team had a great race in Michigan, finishing fourth. We expect to be able to race every bit as strongly at the sister track in Fontana. At this point in the season, with two races to go, every driver wants to finish on the strongest note possible. Meaning, everyone will be going for it! We intend, one way or the other, to have the Delphi car right in the thick of it!"

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Al Unser Jr. , Scott Sharp