IRL: Pikes Peak Sharp starts on front row for third consecutive race

FOUNTAIN, Colo., June 16, 2001 - Kelley Racing driver Scott Sharp will start on the outside of the front row for tomorrow’s Radisson Indy 200 at Pikes Peak International Raceway. This is his third front row start in three consecutive races and...

FOUNTAIN, Colo., June 16, 2001 - Kelley Racing driver Scott Sharp will start on the outside of the front row for tomorrow’s Radisson Indy 200 at Pikes Peak International Raceway. This is his third front row start in three consecutive races and is the longest streak in Indy Racing League history. Sharp qualified his #8 Delphi Automotive Systems Indy Racing car in second position with a speed of 174.795 mph (20.5955 sec).

“I’m really pleased with the Delphi guys, they’ve worked really hard,” said Sharp. “That was our best time of the day. The weekend’s gone pretty smoothly, and with it being a two-day event, it gave the teams a little more time to get things turned around after last week’s race in Texas.” Pikes Peak International Raceway is a 1-mile tri-oval and is located in Fountain, Colorado. Sharp’s best finish at this track came last year when he finished third.

“I love this place, but it’s a real tough track,” said Sharp. “Temperature plays a huge role, more so here than other tracks. During the race you’re constantly changing sway bars and weight jackers. You’ve got to really be aggressive and you’ve got to drive hard. I don’t think you can come to the mile ovals and be too conservative. You pretty much have to go after it. There’s a lot of traffic on race day and you need to have a consistent car under you. I think we’ll have that tomorrow.”

Sharp’s teammate Mark Dismore qualified his #28 Delphi Automotive Systems/Bryant Heating & Cooling in sixth position with a speed of 173.494 mph (20.75 seconds).

“I’m happy with our time, it’s the quickest we’ve run all day,” said Dismore. “Today we were just working really hard on coming up with a good racecar. We ran out of time to come up with a good qualifying car so what we ended up with a qualifying car that we spent 20 minutes on, so I can’t complain. It was still our fastest time of the day. This is a tough track to race on and we’ve never come up with a car that’s consistent all day long here. The big thing here is to make the driver comfortable and that’s what we’ve been focusing on today. Hopefully we’ll have a good racecar tomorrow after all the hard work the crew did today on race setup.”

The Radisson Indy 200 will be broadcast live on ABC at 4 p.m. EST Sunday, June 17.

-Kelley Racing

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Sharp , Mark Dismore