IRL: Nashville: Scott Sharp race report

Sharp's Strong Run Ends Early with Mechanical A mechanical problem eliminated Scott Sharp from a promising result in the Firestone Indy 200 this evening at Nashville Superspeedway. Sharp started the race in eighth position and had moved up to ...

Sharp's Strong Run Ends Early with Mechanical

A mechanical problem eliminated Scott Sharp from a promising result in the Firestone Indy 200 this evening at Nashville Superspeedway. Sharp started the race in eighth position and had moved up to sixth place prior to the team's first scheduled pit stop on Lap 58.

With an extremely well-handling car, the Delphi Fernandez team made no changes to the car during the stop, only fuel and tires. Sharp left his pit box and was heading to pit exit when he suddenly lost power. The team was unable to refire the car.

Sharp and the Delphi Fernandez Racing team will head to Milwaukee next weekend for the ABC Supply Company -- AJ Foyt 225 at the historic Milwaukee Mile circuit. The 225-lap sprint on the fast one-mile oval will begin at 1:45 pm ET on Sunday, July 23, and will be broadcast by ESPN.

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

"I came in for a normal pit stop, revved it up a lot during the stop, left our pit and about two or three pit stalls later all of a sudden it was like someone hit a kill switch. Something in the fuel pump or one of those mechanisms just failed. It was a real shame. It hurts so much more when you are running great. John Dick [race engineer] did a great job on the setup. We made a lot of changes last night. Some of it was trying to just guess where the balance wanted to be and he hit the bull's eye. The car was perfect. The guys did a great job preparing the car and, really, we were just riding. I was just soaking up Dario [Franchitti] and Vitor's [Meira] draft and totally catching up to them. I'm sure we would have been in place for a great top-five finish. It's a shame because we dropped two races in a row and, at this point in the season, are probably out of a good points finish."

Tom Anderson, Co-Owner/Managing Director:

"Obviously, it was too short of a night tonight. We definitely had a well-handling car. Unfortunately, the night ended prematurely. We don't have the exact diagnostic on the problem as yet, but we will have it in a few hours to see exactly what let us down tonight. It was an unfortunate outcome for all of the sponsors that were here tonight. We'll put it back together and get them next weekend in Milwaukee."

-fernandez racing

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Sharp , Tom Anderson