IRL: Indy 500: Kelley Racing Opening Day report

Scott Sharp No. 8 Delphi/Dallara/Toyota/Firestone "We're real happy so far. Once again these are conditions that we hopefully won't see a lot of this month. We weren't looking to do a ton of development work today. We are very pleased with...

Scott Sharp No. 8 Delphi/Dallara/Toyota/Firestone

"We're real happy so far. Once again these are conditions that we hopefully won't see a lot of this month. We weren't looking to do a ton of development work today. We are very pleased with the Delphi car in fact; we rolled out really strong today. I took the car out to do a comparison run from our primary to back-up car and they both ran very well. We're pretty pleased where we're starting out but it is so early and it's too easy to get caught up in today's speed when tomorrow things will be totally different. I think the goal for the Delphi team is to have a car that is good day after day."

Position:  1st

Speed: 228.764 mph
Time: 39.3419 seconds

Al Unser Jr. No. 31 Corteco/Dallara/Toyota/Firestone

"I'm just ecstatic to be here at the Speedway. It's sad that it's been rain-shortened today but we were able to get out in our primary car and accomplish what we wanted with that car. I was just moving over to my back-up car to check the electronics and make sure everything was working okay and that was going to be it for today. That was what our plan was for today, to make sure all the toys were playing proper and then we can get to work first thing Monday. The rain came a little bit too soon and we weren't able to get out in the second car. We're just really excited to be here and my first car on the track felt really good."

Position: 18th
Speed: 224.485 mph
Time: 40.0915 seconds

Tony Renna No. 32 Cure Autism Now/HomeMed Pharmacy/Dallara/Toyota/Firestone

"For my first day officially at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, there was certainly a lot going on. Not necessarily just the on-track stuff, but all of the autograph sessions and public relations things that go along with the Indianapolis 500. Quite frankly, getting in the Cure Autism Now/HomeMed Pharmacy car was the first chance I had all day to really focus and concentrate on the racing side of Indianapolis and that was nice. Getting out on the track was exciting and things were a bit more intense. There were more people in the stands and more cars on track than when we were testing. It's so exciting to be a part of it all. All we got done today on track was a shake down the back-up car. We had some issues with our communications systems so we were down for awhile and I think the rain has pretty much canceled the rest of our day."

Position:  17th

Speed: 224.500
Time: 40.0890 seconds

Fast Facts

* Joining Sharp in the top three today were Helio Castroneves in 2nd with a speed of 228.088 mph/ 39.4585 seconds and in third was Tora Takagi with a speed 227.884 mph/39.4937 seconds.

* Today was the first official practice laps turned by a Toyota engine for the Indianapolis 500 and Toyota took all three top positions today.

* Rain canceled the balance of today's event at 3:26 p.m.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Al Unser Jr. , Scott Sharp , Helio Castroneves , Tony Renna