IRL: Fontana: Scott Sharp preview

Sharp Expecting Strong Finish in Season Finale The 2005 IndyCar Series season comes to a close with the Toyota Indy 400 at California Speedway, and Scott Sharp will be among several drivers jockeying for position in the final championship ...

Sharp Expecting Strong Finish in Season Finale

The 2005 IndyCar Series season comes to a close with the Toyota Indy 400 at California Speedway, and Scott Sharp will be among several drivers jockeying for position in the final championship standings this weekend. The accumulation of five top-five and 12 top-10 finishes, including a win at Kentucky Speedway, has Sharp positioned six points shy of fifth-place in the current rankings.

Sharp has been a mark of consistency in his first season with the Delphi Fernandez Racing team. Despite being a victim of accidents in three races earlier in the year, Sharp stands third in laps completed and is tied with Dario Franchitti in third for top-10 finishes this season, eclipsed by only Dan Wheldon and Tony Kanaan.

* Will be making his fourth IndyCar Series career start at Fontana

* Recorded best finish of eighth at Fontana in 2002 and 2003

* Claimed best starting position of ninth at Fontana in 2002

* Started sixth and finished seventh at the 2-mile Michigan oval earlier this season

* Currently sits sixth in the championship standings, six points shy of fifth place

* Claimed his first win of the season in Kentucky

* Season-to-date record includes five top-five and 12 top-10 finishes

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

"What a great setting for the final IRL race of the season. With the level of competition we have seen all year, race in and race out, and the type of side-by-side finishes we have seen at Fontana, I think it is a recipe for just a tremendous race day. The Delphi Fernandez team has had a very strong year and we are excited to go to a track where we have a great chance of winning. We were able to duplicate the team's '04 win in Kentucky and certainly hope to do that in California. I'm excited. We go there fighting to be in the top five in the points and trying to finish as high up as we can and, at the same time, win our second race of the year."

SCOTT SHARP FAST FACTS: Will be making his 115th IndyCar Series career start and 107th consecutive start-- is in his 10th season of IndyCar Series competition, and is the only driver to have contested every season of IndyCar Series competition since the inception of the IRL 10 years ago-- career record includes nine wins, five pole positions and 32 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.

-www.delphifernandezracing.net

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Sharp , Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Dan Wheldon