DALLAS (June 12, 2004)---The Bombardier 500 ended in disappointment tonight for the Kelley Racing team and driver Scott Sharp after an engine malfunction sidelined them on lap 126 of the 200 lap event. Sharp, who started 21st, had been steadily ...
DALLAS (June 12, 2004)---The Bombardier 500 ended in disappointment tonight for the Kelley Racing team and driver Scott Sharp after an engine malfunction sidelined them on lap 126 of the 200 lap event. Sharp, who started 21st, had been steadily moving through the field and had been running as high as seventh position prior to the malfunction. The Delphi crew played a big role in Sharp's march to the front of the field with a pit stop that improved their position by three spots. Unfortunately, a points paying finish was not in the cards for the hard working crew and driver and they ended the day in 18th place.
The Kelley Racing team will now return to their shop in Indianapolis to prepare for their next event to be held on June 26 in Richmond, Virginia.
Scott Sharp -- #8 Delphi/Dallara/Toyota/Firestone
"We started to lose a little bit of speed. The Delphi car had been working really well and the guys did an excellent job tonight. We couldn't figure out why we were losing a couple miles an hour and all the sudden I tucked in behind Alex Barron and the motor took a real change in pitch. There was no big bangs or anything like you sometimes get, but we started going slower and slower. I'm not sure exactly what it was, but I'm pretty sure it was something in the motor. It's disappointing because we had moved up through the field and I think we were definitely headed for a points paying finish tonight."
Laps Led: 0
Laps Completed: 126 of 200
*Today was Sharp's 13th start at Texas Motor Speedway, his 86th career start, his 78th consecutive IRL IndyCar start and his seventh season with Kelley Racing.
*In Spring 2003 at Texas, he started 12th and finished 16th after an accident.
*Sharp is currently in 12th place in the IndyCar Series standings with 78 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 2003 at Twin Ring Motegi, Japan was his eighth career victory.