IRL: Kansas: Scott Sharp preview

Sharp Looking to Rebound in Kansas The IRL IndyCar Series is quickly approaching the mid-point of the 2005 racing season with drivers jockeying for position in a tight championship. Scott Sharp is one driver immersed in a top-10 points battle as...

Sharp Looking to Rebound in Kansas

The IRL IndyCar Series is quickly approaching the mid-point of the 2005 racing season with drivers jockeying for position in a tight championship. Scott Sharp is one driver immersed in a top-10 points battle as the series heads to Kansas Speedway this weekend for Round Eight of competition, the Argent Mortgage Indy 300. Sharp entered the last event at Richmond a week ago only two points shy of fourth place in the standings. The series' veteran watched valuable points evade his grasp when the #8 Delphi machine was involved in an incident less than 50 laps from the checkered flag while Sharp was running in fourth.

Sharp has had mixed success on the 1.5-mile Kansas City tri-oval. He sat on the pole at Kansas Speedway in his debut in 2001, and captured his best finish of sixth the following year. However, in three of four starts, Sharp has been sidelined by either contact or a mechanical problem. With only 17 points separating him from the top five in the championship, Sharp will be looking to reclaim lost ground and challenge for his fourth top-five finish of the season this Sunday.


* Will be making his fifth IndyCar Series career start at Kansas
* Started on pole at Kansas in 2001
* Claimed best finishing position of sixth at Kansas in 2002
* Currently sits seventh in the championship standings, with 39 points separating the second through seventh positions
* Posted three top-five results to date this season with a best finish of second in Japan
* Best qualifying effort to date this season was third at Japan and Indianapolis
* Will be preparing for his 106th IndyCar Series start and record 98th consecutive start

Scott Sharp, #8 Delphi Panoz/Honda/Firestone:
"I am really excited to return to Kansas. It is such a smooth track and really one of the most modern tracks that we run on. It always produces fabulous races. It is a very fast and aggressive track which is just my style. With the way the Delphi Fernandez team is working and how we are running, I am excited to go there and seriously compete for the win."

SCOTT SHARP FAST FACTS: Enters his 10th season of IndyCar Series competition-- is the series' most experienced driver with 105 career starts and a record 97 consecutive starts-- ranked second in IndyCar Series career wins-- career record includes eight wins, five pole positions and 30 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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