IRL: Pikes Peak: Kelley Racing race notes

Sharp and Unser Jr. score fifth and sixth at Pikes Peak Raceway. FOUNTAIN, CO -- Dodging rain drops most of the day, Kelley Racing teammates Scott Sharp and Al Unser Jr. brought home fifth and sixth place finishes respectively in the Radisson...

Sharp and Unser Jr. score fifth and sixth at Pikes Peak Raceway.

FOUNTAIN, CO -- Dodging rain drops most of the day, Kelley Racing teammates Scott Sharp and Al Unser Jr. brought home fifth and sixth place finishes respectively in the Radisson Indy 225 at Pikes Peak International Raceway.

Sharp started the #8 Delphi Chevrolet Dallara from the inside of row three while Unser Jr. started the #7 Corteco/Bryant from 11th on the inside of the sixth row.

"We are happy with another top five finish," said Sharp, who passed Unser Jr. for position in turn three of the last lap. "Longer runs were better for us. After a yellow flag, we took about 15 laps to get the car going-then we were a rocket. But by then, we had to play catch up because the front of the field had gotten away from us.

"We fought the car early in the day and dropped back, but I am so proud of my Delphi guys, they came through again. The track and the car came to us in the end. Without that last yellow, we were headed to the front. All in all it was a good day for us."

Unser Jr. who moved to fifth in the Indy Racing League championship points standings steadily moved up all day.

"I am so proud of all my guys on the Corteco/Bryant team," said Unser Jr. "They gave me awesome pit stops today and passed more cars than I did! I really want to congratulate them for their efforts.

"Mike (Colliver, team engineer for the Corteco/Bryant Chevrolet Dallara) put a great setup under the car and the guys prepared it well. I just can't say enough about how hard the entire team has worked together to become a unit.

"It really was a pretty uneventful race for us until that last yellow. When we went back to green, the car got a little loose on me but the bigger problem was the motor was definitely developing a problem which is why Scott nipped us there at the end. Still, it was a good day and it sure feels good to be running up near the front."

The 225 lap race was red flagged on lap 34 for a total of 54 minutes as a heavy thunderstorm complete with hail passed over the track. The event was slowed under yellow for heavy sprinkles two more times before the checkered flag flew.

The next event for Kelley Racing will be the Sun Trust Indy Challenge June 29, 2002 at Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, VA. The race start is scheduled for 7:30 PM EDT with live television coverage on ESPN.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Al Unser Jr. , Scott Sharp