IRL: Motegi: Kelley Racing qualifying report

Motegi, Japan (April 16, 2004)---Kelley Racing and driver Scott Sharp returned to the track today in a qualifying session for the Indy Japan 300 to be held Saturday at Twin Ring Motegi track in Motegi, Japan. Sharp, the defending race champion, ...

Motegi, Japan (April 16, 2004)---Kelley Racing and driver Scott Sharp returned to the track today in a qualifying session for the Indy Japan 300 to be held Saturday at Twin Ring Motegi track in Motegi, Japan. Sharp, the defending race champion, posted a quick time of 26.8410 seconds/ 203.867 mph on 1.5-mile oval, good for a 12th place starting position for tomorrow's 200-lap event. At the top of the speed chart today was Dan Wheldon at 26.5938-seconds/ 205.762 mph, while Greg Ray was second at 26.5990 seconds/ 205.722 mph and Tony Kanaan rounded out the top three with a time of 26.6031 seconds/ 205.690 mph.

Saturday's Indy Japan 300 is scheduled for a 12:30 p.m. green flag (local time) and will be televised live on ESPN2 on Friday, April 16 at 11:30 p.m.EDT.

Scott Sharp -- #8 Delphi/Dallara/Toyota/Firestone

"We had a pretty good qualifying run today but we were hoping to find a little more speed. The Delphi crew has been working very hard this weekend and I think that shows. Our qualifying speed was very close to our practice speed from this morning, which I think is really good considering the conditions have gotten considerably warmer. The Delphi car has been really good this weekend and we have found significant speed since yesterday, but unfortunately, so did everyone else. We've got some work to do tonight, but I'm looking forward to the race tomorrow."

Qualifying Position
Position: 12th
Speed: 203.867 mph
Time: 26.8410 seconds

Fast Facts

*This will be Sharp's 85th career start, his 77th consecutive IndyCar start--an IRL record-- and his seventh season with Kelley Racing and his eighth IndyCar season.

*In the inaugural event in 2003, Sharp scored a victory after starting from seventh place.

*Sharp finished 2003 in eighth place in the IndyCar Series championship with 351 points. Sharp completed 3,175 laps during the season, more than any other IndyCar Series driver.

*Sharp's victory in April 2003 at Twin Ring Motegi, Japan was his eighth career victory. He is the only IRL IndyCar Series driver to have won at least one event in each year of competition.

*Sharp was the 1996 IndyCar Series co-champion and the 2001 Indianapolis 500 MBNA Pole winner.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Greg Ray , Scott Sharp , Tony Kanaan , Dan Wheldon