Sharp Sixth Quickest on the Charts Heading into Pole Day Weather: At the start of practice, 12:00 pm, 63Âº F under sunny skies with northwest winds at 13 mph. At 2:00 pm, temperatures increasing to 66Âº F under partly cloudy skies with ...
Sharp Sixth Quickest on the Charts Heading into Pole Day
Weather: At the start of practice, 12:00 pm, 63º F under sunny skies with northwest winds at 13 mph. At 2:00 pm, temperatures increasing to 66º F under partly cloudy skies with west-northwest winds at 8 mph. Temperatures rise to 67º F at 4:00 pm with 13 mph winds out of the west. At the start of Happy Hour (5:00 pm), overcast skies and 65º F with 7 mph west-northwest winds. Light moisture reported at 5:30 pm.
Practice Summary: Sharp took to the track for the start of practice at 12:00 pm. An hour into the session, Sharp was shown sixth quickest after 36 laps with a top speed of 223.758 mph. The team returned to the garage at 2:00 pm for changes. At that stage, Sharp had completed 60 laps and was shown in P7 based on his earlier lap. The team returned to pit lane at 3:45 pm. Sharp took to the track in qualifying trim, turning a lap of 225.560 mph to claim fourth on the speed charts at that stage. After brief runs at 5:10 pm - just prior to a long yellow for an accident -- and 5:50 pm, the team returned to the garage five minutes before the checkered flag.
Scott Sharp - #8 Delphi Dallara /Honda/Firestone:
"We had a good day. We continued to work on the race setup, and I think that went pretty well. We got into qualifying mode and ran some pretty good speeds right out of the box. I think we still have some more in it. Tomorrow morning should be fun."
SCOTT SHARP FAST FACTS: Will be preparing for his 12 th Indianapolis 500 and 119 th IndyCar Series career start ... has started on the Front Row twice, capturing the 2001 MBNA Pole and qualifying third last year... holds three top-10 results with a best finish of seventh in 2005... currently sits 11 th in the point standings, one point shy of the top 10, following a DNF in Motegi -- his first since June of 2005... is in his 11 th season of IRL competition, and is the only driver to have contested 10 full seasons since the inception of the IRL... career record includes nine wins, five pole positions and 33 top-five finishes... finished fifth in the 2005 IndyCar Series championship... was the 1 996 IndyCar Series co-champion... is a former two-time SCCA Trans -Am Champion and three-time SCCA National Champion... 38 years old from Norwalk, Connecticut... currently resides in Jupiter, Florida.