Delphi Fernandez Racing Trackside Report May 18, 2005 Sharp Thrilled with Progress as Practice Resumes at Speedway Weather: 74 F with winds out of the south at 10 mph for the start of practice. At 3:00 pm, 78 with winds at 12 mph out of the...
Delphi Fernandez Racing Trackside Report May 18, 2005
Sharp Thrilled with Progress as Practice Resumes at Speedway
Weather: 74 F with winds out of the south at 10 mph for the start of practice. At 3:00 pm, 78 with winds at 12 mph out of the southeast.
Practice Summary: It was a full day of running for Scott Sharp with thunderstorms in the forecast for tomorrow. Sharp took to the track at the start of practice, and was amongst the top 10 throughout the day as the team focused on race preparations, ending their run at 4:10 pm with Sharp seventh fastest.
Scott Sharp, #8 Delphi Panoz/Honda/Firestone:
"A really great day. I think this is the most I have ever worked on race setup and we have only had one day, and we still have two more days to work on it. I have never gone through as much stuff as we did today, or run as many laps or had as much traffic. That's what it is all about, trying to simulate every possible scenario that you could possibly face on race day. The Delphi car really ran well and we made a lot of great changes. Literally, almost every change we made was a positive one. We are just pecking away each day with how to make the race car a little bit better."
SCOTT SHARP FAST FACTS: Will be making his 11th Indianapolis 500 start from the front row of the grid after qualifying third-- 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.