Sharp Finishes Ninth at Indy Scott Sharp battled back from a ill-handling race car early in the day to finish ninth this afternoon in the 90th running of the Indianapolis 500. It was Sharp's fourth top-10 finish at Indianapolis Motor ...
Sharp Finishes Ninth at Indy
Scott Sharp battled back from a ill-handling race car early in the day to finish ninth this afternoon in the 90th running of the Indianapolis 500. It was Sharp's fourth top-10 finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Scott Sharp - #8 Delphi Dallara /Honda/Firestone:
"It was a tough day for us. Early on, our car was just really tight behind other cars which was so odd because that was something we worked really hard on, and in the cooler conditions we were fine. Obviously, the hot track and hot air and all that just really affected us more than we expected. The first run was really bad from that standpoint. The car was real bad in traffic and I was heading for the wall several times and had to get way out of it. We ran enough slow laps that the leaders could come around and lap us. Then there were times we were fast. I could run right with the leaders but once I would get super close to them, it would start to push again. We just weren't good enough in traffic ultimately. We had a fast car and just needed a few more tweaks to make it a front-running car. The guys gave me great pit stops."
SCOTT SHARP FAST FACTS: This was his 12 th Indianapolis 500 and 119 th IndyCar Series career start ... 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 1996 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.
Tom Anderson, Co-Owner/Managing Director:
"This was a day that started off a little bit slower than we expected for Scott and the Delphi car today. There was a little too much understeer in the aero balance to start with. We were caught up in some traffic and a long green stint after the first yellow hurt us because that's when we really needed that yellow. As it turned out, the traffic and the little bit of understeer we had resulted in going a lap down. We spent the rest of the day trying to get that lap back. By the time we did get it back, it was too little too late. We finished on the lead lap but, as I said, a little too little, a little too late. In reality, after a couple of stops and a small wing adjustment, the car was really good the rest of the day. I'm sure we could have run on the leader pace had we not lost that lap. We'll come back and try to get them next year. Honda did a tremendous job. It just shows you what a great company they are with the reliability they have had this month. Thanks to Firestone as well. We ran the tires a stint-and-a-half at one point so it was a great tire for us this month, and we sincerely appreciate everything they do for us. We'll look forward to seeing everyone at Watkins Glen next weekend."