A Race of Perseverance for Sharp in Milwaukee It was not the result Scott Sharp was hoping for as he made his 100th consecutive IndyCar Series career start this afternoon, but Sharp walked away happy to salvage points in a tough day at The ...
A Race of Perseverance for Sharp in Milwaukee
It was not the result Scott Sharp was hoping for as he made his 100th consecutive IndyCar Series career start this afternoon, but Sharp walked away happy to salvage points in a tough day at The Milwaukee Mile. Sharp started 13th for the ABC Supply Company -- AJ Foyt 225 and, from the onset, found himself battling an extremely loose car. He soldiered on to a 10th-place finish -- his seventh top-10 finish of the season. Sharp remains sixth in the championship standings, and trails Helio Castroneves in fifth position by 24 points.
Scott Sharp, #8 Delphi Panoz/Honda/Firestone: "It was a tough day for the Delphi team. Based on how warm-up went, Chris [Finch, race engineer] and the engineers made a lot of changes going into the race. Obviously, we were not right where we wanted to be and, at that point, you just have to hold on and not take many chances and try to get as many points as you can. The fact that we finished in the top 10 is a real positive. We have to go away and think what we would do differently to come back here. We had a really strong short oval program all year so I really came to Milwaukee with great expectations, but we just seemed to chase the car all weekend. You'll have weekends like that, and you have to go for the points and move on."
SCOTT SHARP FAST FACTS: This was his 100th consecutive IndyCar Series start and 108th career start-- has recorded four top-five finishes to date this season, and six top-seven finishes-- 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.
Tom Anderson, Co-Owner/Managing Director: "First of all, I want to compliment both Scott and Kosuke on a great drive today, even though it only resulted in 10th and 11th positions. Sometimes you drive a lot harder for 10th or 11th than you do for the win when the car is handling as bad as our Panoz chassis was today. Like I said, a great job by both drivers and a good job by the guys. We will work on diagnosing the chassis setup here and try to rebound next weekend at Michigan."
Chris Finch, Race Engineer: "It was a really tough day for us. We made some changes during the warm-up for the race, and it didn't let the car accommodate itself to this really hot, slick track. It was a real shame for us because I thought we had a pretty good car yesterday morning. We went back to that [setup], but the car didn't recover on this greasy surface. The guys did a great job in the pits, and Scott just plugged along and did what he needed to do. He gained some points and gave us a little bit more information for what we need to do when we go to Pikes Peak."