IRL: Indy 500: Scott Sharp preview

Momentum Fuels Sharp for Month of May Official practice for the 89th running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race begins this week, kicking off a swarm of activity leading up to "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" on May 29. Following an impressive...

Momentum Fuels Sharp for Month of May

Official practice for the 89th running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race begins this week, kicking off a swarm of activity leading up to "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" on May 29. Following an impressive run to a second-place finish in the last IRL IndyCar Series race, Scott Sharp is one driver eager to call Indianapolis home for the next month. Sharp returns to his "favorite race track" riding a wave of momentum after capturing his second top-five finish of the season, a move which elevates his standing in the championship to sixth in a tight points battle.

Sharp made his first appearance at the Speedway in 1994, and will be preparing for his 11th start on the 2.5-mile oval.

Practice begins this Tuesday, May 10, at 1:00 pm ET.

At-A-Glance

* Has 10 previous Indianapolis 500 starts

* Posted best qualifying result 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 results in four races to date this season (2nd-Japan/5th-Phoenix)

* Captured his best qualifying result to date this season of third in Japan

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

"I am truly excited for the month of May. It is my favorite track, and I feel that I have always been able to get up to speed pretty quickly there. Certainly this year, with the Delphi Fernandez team and Honda power, I return with the best effort I have ever had -- the type of car underneath me and engine behind me that I have dreamed about for 10 years. I am excited for every day of practice; I'm excited for qualifying and, most importantly, I'm excited for the 29th. The team and I are working well together and we are making good progress. We should be really strong."

SCOTT SHARP FAST FACTS: 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.

-www.delphifernandezracing.net

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