IRL: Sears Point: Scott Sharp race report

Sharp Holds On to Finish 12th in Infineon After struggling with handling problems throughout the weekend, Scott Sharp's goal was to finish the Argent Mortgage Indy^Ù Grand Prix this afternoon, which he did with a 12th-place run at Infineon ...

Sharp Holds On to Finish 12th in Infineon

After struggling with handling problems throughout the weekend, Scott Sharp's goal was to finish the Argent Mortgage Indy^Ù Grand Prix this afternoon, which he did with a 12th-place run at Infineon Raceway. The result helped Sharp maintain his fifth-place ranking in the points championship.

Scott Sharp, #8 Delphi Panoz/Honda/Firestone:

"It was certainly a tough weekend for the whole Delphi Fernandez team and not for the lack of everyone's effort. We put a lot of work in and made a lot of changes to the car going into the race, and certainly improved on it and learned some things. We chased the brake balance all day long. It caught me out going into Turn Seven when we were in a freight train and it just got up and swung around on me and I spun. At the end, we were just trying to make it to the end without running out of fuel. Given how the weekend progressed up to this point, the goal for today was certainly to finish which we did. We finished ahead of a lot of the guys that we were battling with in the championship. Hopefully, we will learn from this and go on."

SCOTT SHARP FAST FACTS: This was his 112th IndyCar Series start and record 104th consecutive start-- claimed his first win of the season in Kentucky two weeks ago-- season-to-date record includes five top-five and 10 top-10 finishes-- in his 10th season of IndyCar Series competition, and is the only driver to have contested every season of IndyCar Series competition since the inception of the IRL 10 years ago-- career record includes nine wins, five pole positions and 32 top-five finishes-- was the 1996 IndyCar Series co-champion and the 2001 Indianapolis 500 MBNA Pole winner-- is a former two-time SCCA Trans-Am Champion and three-time SCCA National Champion-- 37 years old from Norwalk, Connecticut-- currently resides in Jupiter, Florida.

Tom Anderson, Owner/Managing Director:

"The Delphi car was pretty weak this weekend. The setup was off when we got here and it was obviously a big learning curve, but the changes that Chris Finch made for Sunday were definitely a step in the right direction. The car was much more competitive today than it had been during the weekend. We are going forward in our early learning curve here on the road courses with the IRL chassis. There are big gains to be made and I'm sure we have a lot of information. We were able to hold onto a 12th-place finish and this will give us a lot of good data heading into Watkins Glen."

Chris Finch, Race Engineer:

"It was a tough day for us and a tough weekend. Scott did a good job in the race just trying to maintain a steady pace on a tough race track. Right now, we just don't have a complete handle on the car for road-racing yet. All in all, the guys did a really good job. We go to Chicago where I think we will do pretty well, and I think we learned something here to go to Watkins Glen and do better. The crew did a very good job this weekend. The engineering was giving them all sorts of different setups. They just stayed on top of it and did a fantastic job with staying with us, and I appreciate all of their hard work."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Sharp , Tom Anderson