IRL: Richmond: Scott Sharp Friday report

Sharp on Front Row at Richmond Scott Sharp will make his sixth career IndyCar Series start at Richmond International Raceway from the front row of the grid after rain forced the cancellation of qualifying this afternoon. Sharp was one of ...

Sharp on Front Row at Richmond

Scott Sharp will make his sixth career IndyCar Series start at Richmond International Raceway from the front row of the grid after rain forced the cancellation of qualifying this afternoon. Sharp was one of nine drivers to complete a qualifying run, and was shown second (15.5847 seconds 173.247 mph) when rain began to fall at the .75-mile oval. The grid for tomorrow night's 250-lap sprint was set by combined practice times with Sharp lining up at the front of the field in second alongside Helio Castroneves.

The result is Sharp's best starting position to date this season. His last front row start was the 2005 Indianapolis 500 where he qualified third. Sharp is fresh off his best finish of the season, posting a fifth-place run at Texas two weeks ago. He is currently seventh in the point standings.

Scott Sharp - #8 Delphi Dallara /Honda/Firestone:
"I can't say enough. This team is digging pretty hard, and JD (John Dick, race engineer), all the engineers and the Delphi crew really did a great job in building an all-new setup and looking to see how we maximize the speed out of this car, how we maximize the grip out of this car. At a time when maybe some people were trying to catch their breath after six hard weeks, these guys went to work and developed an all-new setup. We came here yesterday and the car was great, and we just improved it each time out. The car has been very solid every session. I think that bodes very well for the race. Today we decided to start working more on qualifying in the last session and ran good speeds and here in our qualifying run, put up our best speed of the weekend. That's really what you want to do. It is going to be so good to start at the front of the field."

-www.delphifernandezracing.net

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Sharp , Helio Castroneves