IRL: Homestead: FR/Scott Sharp Friday report

Sharp 10th Fastest in Toyota Indy 300 Practice Scott Sharp posted the 10th quickest time of the day in opening practice for the Toyota Indy 300, the first event on the 2005 IRL IndyCar® Series calendar. Light rain throughout the morning caused...

Sharp 10th Fastest in Toyota Indy 300 Practice

Scott Sharp posted the 10th quickest time of the day in opening practice for the Toyota Indy 300, the first event on the 2005 IRL IndyCar® Series calendar. Light rain throughout the morning caused a delay in on-track activities at Homestead-Miami Speedway, with cars taking to the track at 1:45 pm ET for the initial practice sessions. Sharp missed part of the second and final practice session -- held after a 50-minute break in the schedule -- as the team completed setup changes to the #8 Delphi machine.

Sunday's 200-lap race will mark Sharp's fifth IndyCar Series appearance on the 1.5-mile Miami oval. Sharp has finished in the top-10 in three of four starts, claiming his best result of fifth in 2003.

Scott Sharp, #8 Delphi Panoz/Honda/Firestone:
"It was a real positive day for our first official day on the track with the Delphi Fernandez team. We had a successful test here, and we decided to take a chance and make some changes to try to take one more step further. While we learned from the changes, it wasn't ultimately what we wanted so we went back to what we knew worked well from the test. We really got the car working pretty well in traffic at the end. Today is a day that you spend working on a car for the race and not worrying about how fast you can go. I think we made a really good jump on getting the car where we want it to be for Sunday."

SCOTT SHARP FAST FACTS: Enters his 10th season of IndyCar Series competition-- will be making his fifth IndyCar Series appearance at Homestead-- recorded best result at Homestead in 2003 finishing fifth-- claimed best starting position of sixth at Homestead in 2003-- started 17th and finished ninth at Homestead last season-- finished in the top 10 in three of four starts at Homestead-- is the series' most experienced driver with 98 career starts and a record 90 consecutive starts-- ranked second in IndyCar Series career wins-- career record includes eight wins, five pole positions and 27 top-five finishes-- was the 1996 IndyCar Series co-champion and the 2001 Indianapolis 500 MBNA Pole winner-- 36 years old from Norwalk, Connecticut-- currently resides in Jupiter, Florida.

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