IRL: Kansas: Kelley Racing qualifying report

Kansas City, KS (July 3, 2004)-- Today was both the practice and qualifying sessions for tomorrow's Argent Mortgage Kansas Indy 300. After running two back-to-back practice sessions this morning, qualifying began at 12:15 p.m. Sharp rolled off...

Kansas City, KS (July 3, 2004)-- Today was both the practice and qualifying sessions for tomorrow's Argent Mortgage Kansas Indy 300. After running two back-to-back practice sessions this morning, qualifying began at 12:15 p.m. Sharp rolled off 12th in the qualifying order and posted a best effort of 206.495 mph/26.4994 seconds good for an 18th starting position. Sharp will be making his fourth start at Kansas Speedway on Sunday and his best finish at this event was sixth place in 2002.

Buddy Rice will start from the pole for tomorrow's 200-lap event after posting a speed of 210.141 mph. Tony Kanaan will start second with a speed of 209.681 mph and Vitor Meira will start third with a speed of 209.342 mph. The green flag will drop tomorrow at 11:45 a.m. and be shown live on ABC.

Scott Sharp, No. 8 Delphi/Dallara/Toyota/Firestone--- Quote

"I'm pretty happy with our effort today because the Delphi team has been struggling a bit and we haven't had the speed we've wanted on a consistent basis. In past qualifying sessions we haven't equaled what we had been running in practice, let alone improved and today we jumped one mile per hour. That was a good hustle by the guys this morning with some of the changes we made between practice and qualifying the Delphi guys were really moving to get in the qualifying line on time. So I wanted to give them all an "atta boy" because it's been tough, but you have to just stay with it and hope that our speeds will improve and that things will come around for the Delphi team. You can't give up."

Fast Facts

*The Argent Mortgage Kansas Indy 300 will be Sharp's 88th career start, his 80th consecutive IRL IndyCar start--an IndyCar record-- and his seventh season with Kelley Racing.

* Kansas Record--In 2003 he started 10th and finished 16th after a mechanical failure. In 2002, he started 13th and finished sixth, while in 2001 he started from the pole and finished 17th after an accident.

*Sharp is currently in 12th place in the IndyCar Series points standings with 112 points.

*Sharp's victory in April 2003 at Twin Ring Motegi, Japan was his eighth career victory.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Sharp , Tony Kanaan , Buddy Rice , Vitor Meira