IRL: Kansas: Scott Sharp qualifying report

Sharp Will Start Ninth in Kansas Scott Sharp qualified in ninth position this afternoon for the Argent Mortgage Indy 300. Sunday's 200-lap race will mark Sharp's fifth career start on the 1.5-mile Kansas City oval, and he will be looking ...

Sharp Will Start Ninth in Kansas

Scott Sharp qualified in ninth position this afternoon for the Argent Mortgage Indy 300. Sunday's 200-lap race will mark Sharp's fifth career start on the 1.5-mile Kansas City oval, and he will be looking to improve upon his best result of sixth from 2002. Sharp was pleased with the handling of the #8 Delphi machine, and optimistic for race day. His best lap of 25.6449 seconds was only 0.1544 seconds off the pole winning time set by fellow Honda driver Danica Patrick. Sharp currently sits seventh in the championship standings, 39 points out of second place.

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

"The Delphi guys did a great job once again. Chris [Finch], my engineer, made some good moves. We tweaked the car and got everything we could out of it. You always want to go into qualifying and produce the most speed of the entire weekend and we did that. We didn't end up quite as high up as we would have liked, but we spent a fair amount of time in practice drafting other cars and working on the car in turbulent air. That is going to be the key for tomorrow. At this stage of the game, no one is set up for what the cars are going to be like in a big pack. We haven't been on this kind of banking and we haven't been in the big groups like this track affords. Everyone is going to be in a little bit of a scramble tomorrow morning in warm-up trying to make their car as good as possible. I think we have a pretty good head start."

SCOTT SHARP FAST FACTS:

Will be making his fifth IndyCar Series career start at Kansas-- started on the pole in 2001, and claimed best finishing position of sixth at Kansas in 2002-- currently sits seventh in the championship standings-- 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-- 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.

-fernandezracing.com

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Sharp , Danica Patrick