DALLAS (June 6, 2003)---Today Kelley Racing drivers Al Unser Jr. and Scott Sharp continue practice for tomorrow's Bombardier 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. After having qualified last night in seventh and 12th place respectively, the drivers spent...
DALLAS (June 6, 2003)---Today Kelley Racing drivers Al Unser Jr. and Scott Sharp continue practice for tomorrow's Bombardier 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. After having qualified last night in seventh and 12th place respectively, the drivers spent the balance of today working on race setup. Unser Jr. turned a top speed of 217.556 mph / 24.0766 seconds in the final warm-up session while Sharp also turned his fastest time in the last practice with a speed of 218.868 mph/ 23.9322 seconds.
The green flag for the Bombardier 500 will drop Saturday at 7:00 p.m. CT with the 200-lap race set to air live on ESPN.
Al Unser Jr. -- #31 Corteco/Dallara/Toyota/Firestone
"The Corteco car is running great. We didn't qualify as well as we thought we were going to but we worked with the car earlier today in the draft and made it better. We put a new Toyota engine in the car this afternoon and we're ready to race. The racing is going to be just as tight this year as it has been in year's past. With the addition of the new teams it's just going to be that many more cars in the lead group, so the only big difference is the group is going to be bigger. I know from experience that the race at Texas is one that is won coming out of Turn 4 on lap 199 in the lead and hopefully that's going to be the Corteco car this year."
Speed: 217.381 mph
Time: 24.0959 seconds
Speed: 217.556 mph
Time: 24.0766 seconds
Scott Sharp -- #8 Delphi/Dallara/Toyota/Firestone
"Today was a good hustle for the Delphi team. We were waiting on our race engine and as usual it is a strong Toyota engine, which is just what we needed. It bounced us back up to where we needed to be for tomorrow. Luckily we've been working on the car and the guys have been doing a great job. I've got a racecar that works on the inside and outside of people and that is what you need going into this race. I think we need to do what we've done in past years here and that is to wait for opportunities to open up in front of you. When you have a car like we do that can go high and low, you take advantage of anything that comes your way."
Speed: 215.805 mph
Time: 24.2719 seconds
Speed: 218.868 mph
Time: 23.9322 seconds
Al Unser Jr. Fast Facts
* This will be Unser Jr.'s seventh start at Texas Motor Speedway, his 313th career start and his 40th IRL start.
*Unser Jr. is currently sixth in the IndyCar Series points standings with 101 points.
*At Texas I in 2002, he started third and finished second to Jeff Ward by only .0111 seconds, the third closest finish in IRL history. In Spring 2000 he started ninth and finished third by less than a car length.
*Unser Jr. has finished on the podium at Texas on two previous occasions (2nd--2002 Spring and 3rd --2000 Spring) and has four top-ten finishes. Unser Jr. has also led 221 laps at Texas.
Scott Sharp Fast Facts
*This will be Sharp's 11th start at Texas Motor Speedway, his 71st career start and his sixth season with Kelley Racing. In Spring 2002, he started 16th and finished 14th.
*Sharp is currently in third place in the IndyCar Series with 116 points.
*Sharp won this event in 2000 and 2001 and he has also seven top-ten starts at Texas and five top-five finishes. In Spring 2002 Sharp started 16th and finished 14th.
*Sharp's victory in April at Twin Ring Motegi, Japan was his eighth career victory.