IRL: Indy 500: Scott Sharp Pole Day report

Sharp Qualifies on Front Row for Indianapolis 500 Scott Sharp, ...

Sharp Qualifies on Front Row for Indianapolis 500

Scott Sharp, #8 Delphi Panoz/Honda/Firestone:

"I'm ecstatic. You come to Indianapolis and you get the chance for a lot of practice time, and it is hard at this place to not get a little help, a little draft sometimes. Just the fact that there are five, six or seven cars on the track with you, the air circulates and that helps you so you really never know what you can do. We had run some speeds during practice in the low 226's (mph). For us to come back out in qualifying trim this morning and post our best time of the month with a solid mid to high 227 and back it up with a four-lap average of 227, that is peaking at the right time. A great job by Chris [Finch], my engineer, and the whole Delphi Fernandez team. As I have said all month, I am just ecstatic to be with this team. I am excited for qualifying but I know that this is a team that focuses much more on the race than they do on qualifying. To end up at the front is tremendous. Now it is a matter of letting the team do what they do best, and me staying out of trouble and being there for the final run for the flag."

Chris Finch, Race Engineer:

"I think Scott did a great job. That was a really strong four-lap run. On the fourth lap, we slid off a little more than what I thought we should of but it was probably a tricky situation with a crosswind down in [Turns] Three and Four that loosened the car up a little more than what he expected. All and all, the team did a great job with the guys having to jump from practice this morning to get out first in the qualifying line. We had a good car going into Thursday when we did some of our qualifying runs but I don't think it was good enough at that point. The rain allowed us to sit back and really gather our thoughts. We made some changes, and he just went out and did a fantastic job."

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