IRL: Nazareth: Firstone race report

Sharp finish for Firestone Indy 225 Neither rain, nor sleet nor other competitors could keep Kelley Racing driver Scott Sharp from steering his Firehawk-equipped Delphi car first across the finish line in today's Firestone Indy 225 at Nazareth...

Sharp finish for Firestone Indy 225

Neither rain, nor sleet nor other competitors could keep Kelley Racing driver Scott Sharp from steering his Firehawk-equipped Delphi car first across the finish line in today's Firestone Indy 225 at Nazareth Speedway. Although mishaps and mechanical gremlins caused numerous caution periods, Sharp and the Kelley team had the right combination of talent and strategy to move to the front in the closing laps for Sharp's seventh career IRL win.

Quote from Al Speyer, Firestone Motorsports Executive Director: "As often happens in racing, the last laps in today's Firestone Indy 225 were eventful and exciting. With a break in the weather, the last laps were an edge-of-your-seat deal with plenty of suspense and great driving. Kelley Racing team manager Jim Freudenberg came up to us at the end of the race and said 'Were those Firestones awesome all day or what?' It was great to hear that from the winning team in an event with our name on it. This is a tricky track to drive, and the numerous cautions forced the teams to pay additional attention to putting heat in the tires on the restarts. Once they were up to the right temps, they worked very well all day, giving drivers the grip needed for passing and maneuvering in traffic. We thank the Nazareth track officials and staff for being such good hosts, and for doing everything possible to give fans a good race."

Quote from Kelley Racing Driver Scott Sharp (Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone): "The tires worked great all day, they were just so consistent. That was the one staple for us. They just stayed strong the entire run and we just can't say enough about how good they were.

Firestone Performance Awards: Kelley Racing driver Al Unser Jr. earned the Firestone Performance award and a check for $10,000 for leading at the end of lap 60 today. The award recognizes Firestone tires being in all 60 IRL events conducted thus far. Unser will receive his bonus check at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway next month.

Buckle-Up Up Baby: During pre-race ceremonies, the Bridgestone/Firestone Trust Fund presented a check for $2,500 to Lehigh Medical Center as part of its continuing support of the CARA Buckle Up Baby program. The money will be used to purchase child car care safety seats for area low income families.

Qualifying session temperatures ranged from 57 to 66 degrees track and from 53 to 56 degrees ambient (F).

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Al Unser Jr. , Scott Sharp