Sharp Ends Day Early, Holds Fifth Spot Weather: At the start of practice, 86 F with winds out of the west-southwest at 10 mph. At 3:00 pm, 90 F with winds out of the southwest at eight mph. Yellow flag for moisture at 5:30 pm. Practice...
Sharp Ends Day Early, Holds Fifth Spot
Weather: At the start of practice, 86 F with winds out of the west-southwest at 10 mph. At 3:00 pm, 90 F with winds out of the southwest at eight mph. Yellow flag for moisture at 5:30 pm.
Practice Summary: Sharp went out for his first run of the day at 12:00 pm, completing 9 laps with a top speed of 223.948 mph. He returned to the track at 3:30 pm, completing an additional 22 laps to set the second fastest time of the day at that point with a lap of 226.159 mph.
Scott Sharp, #8 Delphi Panoz/Honda/Firestone:
"This was another strong day for the Delphi Fernandez team. We made some big changes -- changes that will really work for the whole month, for the race and qualifying as well. All the big times are coming in tows, but nevertheless we are posting some solid times on our own. It was a good day of progress. We have a lot more running to do and we'll just keep chipping away at it."
SCOTT SHARP FAST FACTS: Is preparing for his 11th Indianapolis 500 start-- posted best qualifying effort in 2001 capturing the MBNA Pole Position-- recorded best finish of 10th in 1996 and 2000-- qualified 20th and finished 13th last year-- currently sits sixth in the championship standings, five points out of fourth-- claimed two top-five finishes to date this season -- (2nd-Japan/5th-Phoenix)-- captured best qualifying result to date this season of third in Japan-- is in his 10th season of IndyCar Series competition-- is the series' most experienced driver with 102 career starts and a record 94 consecutive starts-- ranked second in IndyCar Series career wins-- career record includes eight wins, five pole positions and 29 top-five finishes-- was the 1996 IndyCar Series co-champion and the 2001 Indianapolis 500 MBNA Pole winner-- is a former two-time SCCA Trans-Am Champion and three-time SCCA National Champion-- 37 years old from Norwalk, Connecticut-- currently resides in Jupiter, Florida.