Sharp Runs Limited Laps in Rain-Shortened Day Weather: A break in the persistent rain came at 9:00 am, and track drying began. At 1:20 pm, the start of the first Group 1 practice session, temperatures were at 52Âº F under overcast skies peppered...
Sharp Runs Limited Laps in Rain-Shortened Day
Weather: A break in the persistent rain came at 9:00 am, and track drying began. At 1:20 pm, the start of the first Group 1 practice session, temperatures were at 52º F under overcast skies peppered by threatening clouds. At 2:30 pm, heavy rain interrupts the second practice session for Group 2. At 3:00 pm, heavy rain with temperatures at 54º F and variable winds at 4 mph.
Practice Summary: Teams took to the track at 12:30 pm for a schedule that was to include two 35-minute sessions split according to the qualifying draw, followed by a 30-minute break and the start of qualifying. Intermittent rain delayed the 12:30 pm start. Sharp took the track at 2:05 pm, and managed five laps before the rain began at 2:15 pm.
Qualifying for positions 1-33 will take place next Saturday, May 20th . Sunday, May 21st will be reserved for Bump Day. Practice activities are scheduled to resume on Wednesday.
Scott Sharp - #8 Delphi Dallara /Honda/Firestone:
"We basically worked on race setup at the beginning of last week and were all ready to start going into qualifying mode when the rains came Wednesday night. Of course, I haven't been out since then so I was anxious to see how comfortable the car was. JD (John Dick, race engineer) and the guys did a great job. Right away, the car felt really comfortable and we ran some good times. I think we could take it even another step further but the rains came. At least we got the first step out of the way and I feel like we will get faster and faster."