IRL: Homestead: Kelley Racing race report

HOMESTEAD, Fl. (February 29, 2004)---Scott Sharp, driver of the No. 8 Delphi entry, rolled off in 17th position for the season opening Toyota Indy 300. After a very fast-paced, exciting race he was able to bring the Delphi car home in ninth place.

HOMESTEAD, Fl. (February 29, 2004)---Scott Sharp, driver of the No. 8 Delphi entry, rolled off in 17th position for the season opening Toyota Indy 300. After a very fast-paced, exciting race he was able to bring the Delphi car home in ninth place. Sharp had a close call during the race when on lap 56 another car made contact with his left side pod, leaving a tire mark but no serious damage. Sharp was able to gather the car back up and continue. Alternative pit strategy moved Sharp as high as second place but once the final round of pit stops came, Sharp settled back into ninth place which is where he finished. The Kelley Racing team will now return to Indianapolis to begin preparations for their next event to be held at Phoenix International Raceway on March 21.

Post Race
Start: 17th
Finish: 9th
Status: Running
Laps Led: 0
Laps Completed: 200 of 200

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

"The Delphi guys did a great job today. We took a bit of a gamble on our pit strategy because we felt we didn't have anything to lose and it almost paid off for us. The guys gave me a really good handling car but we just didn't have the speed we needed when we ran alone. We needed the draft and we were good in the draft. We had to pit too early and we ended up out running on our own which was the kiss of death. It was a gamble and we've tried those before and ended up winning races. So although ninth place isn't perfect, we were happy to bring the car home and now we're on to Phoenix."

--Today was Sharp's 83rd career start, his 75th consecutive IndyCar start--an IRL record-- and begins his seventh season with Kelley Racing and his eighth IndyCar season.

--In 2003 he started sixth and finished fifth. In 2001 he finished eighth and in 2002 he finished 20th after a mechanical failure. Last year's sixth place qualifying effort is Sharps best at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

--Sharp finished 2003 in eighth place in the IndyCar Series championship with 351 points. Sharp completed 3,175 laps during the season, more than any other IndyCar Series driver.

--Sharp's victory in April 2003 at Twin Ring Motegi, Japan was his eighth career victory. He is the only IRL IndyCar Series driver to have won at least one event in each year of competition.

Kelley Racing Fast Facts:

--This will be the seventh season of Indy Racing League competition for Kelley Racing.

--Kelley Racing has made 154 starts, scored nine victories and eight poles in their Indy Racing League history.

-www.Kelleyracing.com

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