IRL: Scott Harrington Dover Qualifying Notes

Harrington Posts Best Qualifying Run Ever; Will Start Fifth Tomorrow at Dover Downs DOVER, Del., July 31 - Spurred on by support from his sponsor, the CertainTeed Corp., and despite a broken leg suffered...

Harrington Posts Best Qualifying Run Ever; Will Start Fifth Tomorrow at Dover Downs

DOVER, Del., July 31 - Spurred on by support from his sponsor, the CertainTeed Corp., and despite a broken leg suffered in a racing accident in June, Scott Harrington posted his best qualifying run ever in Pep Boys Indy Racing League competition Saturday at Dover Downs International Speedway. The CertainTeed Dallara Olds #66 will start fifth tomorrow in the MBNA Mid-Atlantic 200 by virtue of his lap of 19.954 seconds around the Monster Mile, or 180.415 mph. "I'm thrilled!" Harrington said moments after climbing out of his car. "The CertainTeed crew is the best in the business, and they have given me a great car to drive here at Dover. We haven't been out of the top 10 in any practice session here, and the car is great. It's comfortable, and even though I've never actually driven in a race here before, I love this place. We'll make a few changes between qualifying and the race, but nothing major." When asked what the key to success will be in tomorrow's race, he didn't hesitate. "Staying out of trouble!" he vowed. "This is a fast place and things happen very quickly around here. It's important to qualify well, but staying out of trouble is the key." Harrington added that the heat will be a big factor Sunday. The East Coast is undergoing a heat wave, and temperatures are in the 90s. "We're going to try to stay out of trouble and see if we can't win this thing," Harrington added. "We almost won at Pikes Peak and at Atlanta, and I'd like nothing better than to become the next first-time winner in the Pep Boys Indy Racing League tomorrow." Spurring Harrington on will be a busload of employees from the CertainTeed Corp., his primary sponsor. The company is headquartered in nearby Valley Forge, Pa. The company sent him a bouquet of flowers and balloons which are on display in the team's bus in the infield; the card wishes him good luck but adds, "[don't] break a leg!" Harrington's previous best qualifying results were two eighths, which occurred at Phoenix International Raceway and at Pikes Peak International Raceway. His best finish to date was a fifth at Phoenix. He is currently second in the point standings for the Sprint PCS Rookie of the Year Award.

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