IRL: Kentucky: Scott Sharp race report

Tough Day for Sharp in Kentucky Scott Sharp endured a difficult day in the Meijer Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway this afternoon, battling a push-loose car throughout most of the 200-lap race which resulted in a 15th -place finish. Sharp started...

Tough Day for Sharp in Kentucky

Scott Sharp endured a difficult day in the Meijer Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway this afternoon, battling a push-loose car throughout most of the 200-lap race which resulted in a 15th -place finish. Sharp started 10th but, hampered by handling, was unable to break solidly into the top 10 all afternoon. He is currently 12th in the championship point standings.

Sharp and the Delphi Fernandez Racing team will have a weekend off before heading west to California for the Infineon Grand Prix of Sonoma on Sunday, August 27.

Scott Sharp - #8 Delphi Dallara/Honda/Firestone:

"That was a really tough day. We seem to run well in the warm-ups and therefore have such high expectations and just somehow really miss whenever conditions change into the afternoon when it gets much hotter. The car was really a handful, just pretty much a push-loose car all day long. In traffic, I was having to catch it quite a lot. Then we probably should have pitted a lap earlier to try to put a little more fuel in it coming around to a restart. Instead, we got caught half a lap behind. It wasn't really worth putting a couple of gallons in to lose all those positions. Once we did pit and I left, I don't know if I had a tire going down or not, but the car just snapped around on me and I wasn't going that fast on pit exit. It was just a calamity of problems today."

Tom Anderson, Team Owner/Managing Director:

"Certainly today was extremely difficult from the standpoint that we seemed to make all the wrong moves at the wrong times and complicated everything. We couldn't catch the breaks correctly. Even though the car had reasonably good speed at times during the race, we weren't able to capitalize and take track positions. We left one of our pit stops when we refueled too much to the end of the race. It went green sooner than we anticipated, so we put Scott in a bad position. Unfortunately, when we were able to get it back, we cut a tire late in the race which forced us into a couple of pit stops and generated our net result today which was not good for the Delphi Fernandez team. We'll hope we have our bad luck behind us for the year and look forward to starting fresh at Infineon."

-credit: fernandezracing.com

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Sharp , Tom Anderson