Expectations Run High for Sharp in Kentucky The IndyCar Series heads to Sparta, Kentucky, this week, as a string of three back-to-back races in August begins with the Amber Alert Portal Indy 300. Scott Sharp is no stranger to the nuances of ...
Expectations Run High for Sharp in Kentucky
The IndyCar Series heads to Sparta, Kentucky, this week, as a string of three back-to-back races in August begins with the Amber Alert Portal Indy 300. Scott Sharp is no stranger to the nuances of Kentucky Speedway. He is a former pole-sitter on the 1.5-mile tri-oval, has led a total of 105 laps and has claimed two top-five results including a runner-up finish in 2001. Sharp will be looking to add to his season-to-date tally of four top-five and seven top-seven results and notch his first win of 2005 this Sunday.
* Will be making his sixth IndyCar Series start at Kentucky
* Was the 2001 pole sitter
* Has claimed two top-five finishes with a best result of second in 2001
* Enters the weekend seventh in the championship standings, only 15 points out of fifth
* Best qualifying effort to date this season was third at Japan and Indianapolis
* Recorded best finish to date this season of second in Japan and has three additional top-five finishes
* Will be making his 110th IndyCar Series start and record 102nd consecutive start
Scott Sharp, #8 Delphi Panoz/Honda/Firestone:
"There is a lot to live up to in trying to repeat what Adrian [Fernandez] did in Kentucky last year, but I'm excited. I have always enjoyed the races at Kentucky. It is another one of our big track, big pack, two and three abreast-type tracks. For me, ever since they had the first race here, there is just something about driving in and seeing the track set down in the valley. It is a different setting, really unique. I know the track has had a lot of issues with bumps, but I am actually one of the drivers who like that. I think it is an opportunity to have an advantage. If you spend a lot of your practice time tuning the car to try to make it better than the next guy over the bumps, then you gain a little bit of an advantage. The Kentucky Speedway does a good job, and I am really excited to go back to a great market for us. I expect to have a great race."
SCOTT SHARP FAST FACTS: Is in his 10th season of IndyCar Series competition, and is the only driver to have contested every season of IndyCar Series competition since the inception of the IRL 10 years ago-- career record includes eight wins, five pole positions and 31 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.