Sharp 12th Quickest in Opening Practice at St. Petersburg Scott Sharp claimed the 12th fastest time of the day in opening practice for the first non-oval event in IRL IndyCarÂ® Series history -- the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Sharp, who...
Sharp 12th Quickest in Opening Practice at St. Petersburg
Scott Sharp claimed the 12th fastest time of the day in opening practice for the first non-oval event in IRL IndyCar® Series history -- the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Sharp, who last drove an open-wheel car on a street/road course ten years ago, set the sixth fastest time in the first practice -- a two-hour session open to all competitors. He continued to adapt to "turning right" in the final 30-minute afternoon session and was able to improve his lap by half-a-second, but it was not enough to move significantly up the time charts.
Marlboro Pole Award qualifying featuring the Firestone "Fast Six" will be held tomorrow on the 14-turn, 1.8-mile temporary street circuit.
Scott Sharp, #8 Delphi Panoz/Honda/Firestone:
"It was a good day for the Delphi Fernandez team. It has been about 10 years since I have driven an IndyCar on a road course at an event other than the couple of test days we did, so it is finally starting to come back and it feels good. I have always enjoyed streets circuits. We had a good opening session, and then we made some changes to try a few different things and maybe just didn't hit it quite the way we wanted. Still, we are making progress and we are really in the game here and looking for a strong finish.
"I really like the track. I heard everyone really raved about it at the previous race here. Street circuits are notoriously a lot of 90-degree corners. This one has some of those but it also has some fast sweepers and tight hairpin corners -- it has a lot of variety. As always on street circuits, I think strategy and pit strategy will be important. There are some passing zones and some pretty hard braking spots. I think it will be a real action-packed race."