IRL: Texas: Scott Sharp race report

Sharp Powers to Fourth at Texas A hard-charging Scott Sharp drove to a fourth-place finish in the Bombardier Learjet 500 at Texas Motor Speedway this evening. Sharp, who started 16th, overcame a loose race car in the early stages of the 200-lap...

Sharp Powers to Fourth at Texas

A hard-charging Scott Sharp drove to a fourth-place finish in the Bombardier Learjet 500 at Texas Motor Speedway this evening. Sharp, who started 16th, overcame a loose race car in the early stages of the 200-lap race to claim his sixth top-five finish in 15 starts on the Fort Worth oval, and his fourth top-seven result in six races held to date this season. Sharp remains sixth in the championship standings, but has closed the gap and is now only two points out of fourth place.

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

"I am really ecstatic. We were pretty loose early in the race and for the first couple of stints, I really had to fight the car a bit in traffic. The Delphi Fernandez team just did an awesome job. They did a great job in the pits and that catapulted us forward. Chris [Finch] and John [Ward], our engineers, made some great changes on the car and really dialed us in. It was a great finish for us. I tried to get Tony [Kanaan] there at the end. I got a couple of runs up but I just didn't have enough speed to get around him."

SCOTT SHARP FAST FACTS: This was his 15th IndyCar career start at Texas-- is a two-time winner at Texas (2000 and 2001)-- career record at Texas includes six top-five finishes and nine top-10 finishes-- recorded best finish to date this season of second in Japan-- qualified third in the last two IndyCar Series races -- Japan and Indianapolis-- enters his 10th season of IndyCar Series competition-- is the series' most experienced driver with 103 career starts and a record 95 consecutive starts-- ranked second in IndyCar Series career wins-- career record includes eight wins, five pole positions and 28 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.

Adrian Fernandez, Team Owner:

"I am very happy. Both Scott and Kosuke [Matsuura] did a tremendous job. Scott had great in and out laps, especially when it counted there at the end. We weren't as strong as the other guys but we never gave up. We kept improving the car and Scott kept his cool. We had a good result and that is what matters as we keep working for the points. I am very happy for Kosuke also. He did a great job. Hopefully, we can keep the momentum and we will keep working hard."

-www.delphifernandezracing.net

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Sharp , Adrian Fernandez