Scott Sharp

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Scott Sharp
SharpIndy07.jpg
Scott Sharp in May 2007 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Nationality United States American
Born (1968-02-14) February 14, 1968 (age 46)
Norwalk, Connecticut
2014 United SportsCar Championship
Debut season 2008
Current team Extreme Speed Motorsports
Championship titles
2009
1996
1993
1991
1988
1987
1986
ALMS LMP1 Champion
Indy Racing League Co-Champion
SCCA Trans-Am
SCCA Trans-Am
SCCA GT-1
SCCA GT-1
SCCA GT-2
IndyCar Series career
147 race(s) run over 13 year(s)
Best champ.
finish
1st - 1996
First race 1996 Indy 200 (Orlando)
Last race 2009 Indianapolis 500 (Indy)
First win 1997 True Value 200 (Loudon)
Last win 2005 AMBER Alert Portal Indy 300 (Kentucky)
Wins Podiums Poles
9 18 6
Champ Car career
18 race(s) run over 3 year(s)
Best champ.
finish
21st - 1994
First race 1993 Toyota Grand Prix of Monterey (Laguna Seca)
Last race 1995 Indianapolis 500 (Indy)
Wins Podiums Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career
1 race(s) run over 1 year(s)
Best champ.
finish
69th - 1992
First race 1992 Budweiser at the Glen (Watkins Glen)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
Statistics current as of June 4, 2012.

Scott Sharp (born February 14, 1968 in Norwalk, Connecticut) is an American race car driver in the United SportsCar Championship. He is the son of six-time SCCA champion Bob Sharp. Sharp is best known for his years as a competitor in the Indy Racing League.

Early career[edit]

Sharp starting racing karts when he was only 8 years old, winning 50 out of 75 races. Sharp came from a road-racing background, earning several championships including: 1986 SCCA GT-2, 1987 and 1988 SCCA GT-1, and 1991 and 1993 SCCA Trans-Am. Sharp competed in one NASCAR Winston Cup Series (now Sprint Cup) event, coming in 1992 at Watkins Glen. In 1993, Sharp made his CART debut with Bettenhausen Motorsports and became a full-time competitor in the series in 1994 with PacWest Racing. His first Indianapolis 500 start also came in 1994. In 1996, Sharp was part of Doyle Racing’s 24 Hours of Daytona winning team.

Indy Racing League career[edit]

Overview[edit]

Sharp is one of only two drivers (the other being Buddy Lazier) to have driven in at least one race in each of the first 12 seasons of IndyCar competition. His impressive IRL career has resulted in numerous records including: most career IndyCar Series starts (147); most consecutive IndyCar Series race starts (138); most races running at finish (110) and previously held the records for most top-ten finishes (82) and most consecutive seasons with at least one race win (7) (now both held by Hélio Castroneves).

History[edit]

He was one of the competitors in the first IRL race in 1996 with Foyt, the owner of his 1995 Indianapolis 500 car. He was the co-champion of the IRL's inaugural season in 1996 along with Buzz Calkins. In 1997 two crashes resulting in severe concussions sidelined Sharp until 1998 when he began working with the newly formed Kelley Racing team and sponsor Delphi. At Kelley, Sharp collected eight wins and four pole positions (one being at the 2001 Indianapolis 500). He was 3rd in the championship in 2001, but an influx of strong teams from CART meant that Kelley was not one of the strongest teams after that season. In 2004 he was down in 13th in the championship with a best finish of 8th - his first winless season since 1998, also ending a run of top 8 championship finishes dating back to 1998.

Kelley folded following the conclusion of the 2004 season. In 2005, Sharp, along with Delphi (who had become his personal sponsor), moved to Adrian Fernández's Fernández Racing. The switch brought about a small resurgence in Sharp's career and he was once again one of the top drivers in the IRL. 2005 saw him finish 5th in the championship, collecting a win at Kentucky Speedway along the way. However, Sharp struggled through the 2006 season as the team struggled to adapt to the Dallara chassis, and finished 11th in the points standings.

Sharp racing at Texas in 2007

For 2007, Sharp joined Rahal Letterman Racing, teaming with sophomore driver Jeff Simmons, though mid-season Simmons was replaced with Ryan Hunter-Reay. Sharp brought with him a new primary sponsor, the Patrón Spirits Company, who began as an associate sponsor in 2006. His new association with Patrón ended nine seasons of Delphi backing. His best finish of the season was 3rd, which he earned at the inaugural race at Iowa Speedway and also at Michigan International Speedway. A highlight of the season was his surprise pole position Texas Motor Speedway in June, his first since 2001. He was also able to capture his career-best finish in the Indianapolis 500, a 6th place. Sharp ended the season 8th in the championship standings.

Sharp returned to the series and compete in the 2009 Indianapolis 500 with Panther Racing. He qualified 20th and finished 14th on the lead lap.

American Le Mans Series career[edit]

Sharp on track at the Acura Sports Car Challenge of Mid-Ohio in July 2008

Sharp was under contract with Rahal Letterman Racing for 2008, but the two entities parted ways after each filed a breach of contract lawsuit against the other.[1] Sharp and Patrón joined the American Le Mans Series with Highcroft Racing. He drives the #9 Patrón Highcroft Racing Acura ARX-01b with David Brabham during the 2008 season in the LMP2 class.

Sharp started seventh in his debut race at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring and finished fourth in class (fifth overall) with teammates Brabham and Stefan Johansson. The team finished second at the Acura Sports Car Challenge of St. Petersburg, which was Highcroft’s best finish to date. Sharp earned his first ALMS win in the P2 class at the Tequila Patron American Le Mans Series at Long Beach. The win was also the first for Highcroft Racing. Sharp earned his first overall win in the American Le Mans Series at the 2008 Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park after starting from the pole position. A third class victory followed at the Generac 500 at Road America. When leader Gil de Ferran ran out of fuel on the last lap in Mosport awarded the team a fourth victory and second consecutive win.

Arguably, Sharp’s breakout ALMS performance came at the Detroit Sportscar Challenge presented by Bosch. He led for most of his stint, giving up the lead only when blocked in heavy traffic. His stellar driving won him SPEEDtv.com’s ‘Drive of the Race,’ though the team had to settle for second place in the event.[2] Sharp and Brabham were joined by Dario Franchitti, one of Sharp’s former IndyCar competitors, for the 10-hour Petit Le Mans endurance race. Unfortunately, broken suspension took the car out of competition early on.

The combination of Sharp and Brabham proved a formidable and a combination of bad luck, and a triple-pronged effort from Penske Racing at the end of the season kept Sharp and Brabham from a championship. The duo finished second in the P2 point standings, forty one points behind the Penske Racing duo of Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas, after being as close as four points away with two rounds to go.

Extreme Speed Motorsports[edit]

It was announced on the American Le Mans Series website that Sharp would race in the 2010 series under his own team called Extreme Speed Motorsports. He ran with two Ferrari F430's in the GT class and was sponsored by the Patrón Spirits Company. Sharp raced in 2010 alongside the first announced driver, Patrón CEO Ed Brown.[3]

In 2011, the team switched to newer Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 cars. The team made steady progress which culminated in a 3rd place finish at the Laguna Seca race.

As of 2013 the team continues to run in the ALMS. The #02 car picked up another podium finish at the 2012 American Le Mans Series at Long Beach, and the #01 won the 2012 Grand Prix of Mosport—the first win for the team since its move to the GT class.

Motorsports career results[edit]

American open-wheel[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

CART[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Rank Points
1993 Bettenhausen Australia
SRF
 
United States
PHX
 
United States
LBH
 
United States
INDY
 
United States
MIL
 
United States
DET
 
United States
POR
 
United States
CLE
 
Canada
TOR
 
United States
MIS
 
United States
NHM
 
United States
ROA
 
Canada
VAN
 
United States
MDO
 
United States
NZR
 
United States
LS
22
48th 0
1994 PacWest Australia
SRF
11
United States
PHX
9
United States
LBH
Ret
United States
INDY
16
United States
MIL
12
United States
DET
13
United States
POR
18
United States
CLE
Ret
Canada
TOR
Ret
United States
MIS
Ret
United States
MDO
11
United States
NHM
Ret
Canada
VAN
12
United States
ROA
10
United States
NZR
15
United States
LS
Ret
21st 14
1995 Foyt United States
MIA
 
Australia
SRF
 
United States
PHX
 
United States
LBH
 
United States
NZR
 
United States
INDY
Ret
United States
MIL
 
United States
DET
 
United States
POR
 
United States
ROA
 
Canada
TOR
 
United States
CLE
 
United States
MIS
 
United States
MDO
 
United States
NHM
 
Canada
VAN
 
United States
LS
 
44th 0

IndyCar[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Rank Points
1996 Foyt WDW
11
PHX
2
IND
Ret
1st-Tie 246
1996-1997 Foyt NWH
1
LSV
Ret
WDW
4
PHX
Ret
IND
DNQ
TXS PPIR
Ret
CHR NH2 LV2 22nd 119
1998 Kelley WDW
6
PHX
1
IND
Ret
TXS
5
NWH
3
DOV
1
CHR
Ret
PPIR
11
ATL
Ret
TX2
Ret
LSV
12
4th 272
1999 Kelley WDW
4
PHX
8
CLT
C
IND
Ret
TXS
10
PPIR
8
ATL
1
DOV
Ret
PPI2
Ret
LSV
4
TX2
Ret
8th 220
2000 Kelley WDW
15
PHX
5
LSV
Ret
IND
10
TXS
1
PPIR
3
ATL
Ret
KTY
Ret
TX2
13
7th 196
2001 Kelley PHX
4
HMS
8
ATL
2
IND
Ret
TXS
1
PPIR
8
RIR
5
KAN
Ret
NSH
5
KTY
2
STL
8
CHI
Ret
TX2
2
3rd 355
2002 Kelley HMS
Ret
PHX
Ret
CAL
8
NZR
1
IND
Ret
TXS
14
PPIR
5
RIR
Ret
KAN
6
NSH
8
MIS
9
KTY
4
STL
18
CHI
7
TX2
4
6th 332
2003 Kelley HMS
5
PHX
7
JPN
1
IND
Ret
TXS
Ret
PPIR
11
RIR
17
KAN
Ret
NSH
13
MIS
4
STL
10
KTY
13
NZR
12
CHI
11
CAL
8
TX2
6
8th 351
2004 Delphi Kelley HMS
9
PHX
13
JPN
9
IND
13
TXS
Ret
RIR
9
KAN
Ret
NSH
14
MIL
15
MIS
9
KTY
17
PPIR
15
NZR
Ret
CHI
9
CAL
11
TX2
8
13th 282
2005 Delphi Fernández HMS
Ret
PHX
5
STP
Ret
JPN
2
IND
7
TXS
4
RIR
Ret
KAN
6
NSH
4
MIL
10
MIS
7
KTY
1
PPIR
9
SNM
12
CHI
8
WGL
9
CAL
4
5th 444
2006 Delphi Fernández HMS
7
STP
10
JPN
Ret
IND
9
WGL
9
TXS
5
RIR
5
KAN
Ret
NSH
Ret
MIL
12
MIS
6
KTY
16
SNM
14
CHI
9
12th 287
2007 Rahal Letterman HMS
12
STP
11
JPN
6
KAN
Ret
IND
6
MIL
6
TXS
7
IOW
3
RIR
8
WGL
14
NSH
7
MDO
11
MIS
3
KTY
6
SNM
14
DET
11
CHI
5
8th 412
2009 Panther STP
LBH
KAN
INDY
14
MIL
TXS
IOW
RIR
WGL
TOR
EDM
KTY
MDO
SNM
CHI
MOT
HMS
34th 16
Years Teams Races Poles Wins Podiums
(Non-win)
Top 10s
(Non-podium)
Indianapolis 500
Wins
Championships
13 5 147 6 9 9 64 0 1 (1996)

Indy 500 results[edit]

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team
1994 Lola Ford-Cosworth 17 16 PacWest
1995 Lola Ford-Cosworth 30 26 Foyt
1996 Lola Ford-Cosworth 21 10 Foyt
1997 G-Force Oldsmobile DNQ Foyt
1998 Dallara Oldsmobile 7 16 Kelley
1999 Dallara Oldsmobile 6 28 Kelley
2000 Dallara Oldsmobile 5 10 Kelley
2001 Dallara Oldsmobile 1 33 Kelley
2002 Dallara Chevrolet 8 27 Kelley
2003 Dallara Toyota 9 20 Kelley
2004 Dallara Toyota 20 13 Kelley
2005 Panoz Honda 3 7 Fernández
2006 Dallara Honda 8 9 Fernández
2007 Dallara Honda 12 6 Rahal Letterman
2009 Dallara Honda 20 14 Panther

Touring/sports car racing[edit]

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1996 United States Riley & Scott Cars Inc. South Africa Wayne Taylor
United States Jim Pace
Riley & Scott Mk III-Oldsmobile WSC 157 DNF DNF

American Le Mans Series results[edit]

(Races in bold indicate pole position)

Series Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Final Pos. Points
ALMS P2 2008 Patrón
Highcroft
Florida
SEB
4
Florida
STP
2
California
LGB
1
Utah
MMP
9
Connecticut
LRP
1*
Ohio
MDO
2
Wisconsin
ROA
1
Ontario
MOS
1
Michigan
DET
2
Georgia (U.S. state)
ATL
Ret
California
LAG
9
3rd 162
ALMS P1 2009 Patrón
Highcroft
Florida
SEB
5
Florida
STP
1*
California
LGB
2
Utah
MMP
2
Connecticut
LRP
2
Ohio
MDO
2
Wisconsin
ROA
1*
Ontario
MOS
1*
Georgia (U.S. state)
ATL
6
California
LAG
2
1st 179
ALMS GT2 2010 Extreme Speed Motorsports Florida
SEB
Ret
California
LGB
7
California
LAG
5
Utah
MMP
7
Connecticut
LRP
6
Ohio
MDO
5
Wisconsin
ROA
8
Ontario
MOS
6
Georgia (U.S. state)
ATL
2
10th 70
ALMS GT 2011 Extreme Speed Motorsports Florida
SEB
16
California
LGB
11
Connecticut
LRP
4
Ontario
MOS
9
Ohio
MDO
5
Wisconsin
ROA
8
Maryland
BAL
9
California
LAG
3
Georgia (U.S. state)
ATL
6
7th 66
ALMS GT 2012 Extreme Speed Motorsports Florida
SEB
9
California
LGB
3
California
LAG
5
Connecticut
LRP
4
Ontario
MOS
1
Ohio
MDO
6
Wisconsin
ROA
3
Maryland
BAL
3
Virginia
VIR
3
Georgia (U.S. state)
ATL
1
2nd 123
ALMS P2 2013 Extreme Speed Motorsports Florida
SEB
5
California
LGB
1
California
LAG
3
Connecticut
LRP
2
Ontario
MOS
2
Wisconsin
ROA
2
Maryland
BAL
2
Texas
COTA
4
Virginia
VIR
2
Georgia (U.S. state)
ATL
2
3rd 163

* Overall victory as well as class victory. Italics indicates season is currently running.

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold - Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics - Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Winston Cup Series[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ / "Rahal Letterman, Sharp go to Court". Los Angeles Times. 1 December 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-01. [dead link]
  2. ^ / "ALMS: Scott Sharp Wins SPEEDtv.com’s ‘Drive of the Race’ for Detroit". SPEEDtv.com. 3 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-03. 
  3. ^ "Sharp Creates New GT2 Team For 2010". International Motor Sports Association. 10 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-10. [dead link]

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Tommy Kendall
Trans-Am Series champion
1991
Succeeded by
Jack Baldwin
Preceded by
Jack Baldwin
Trans-Am Series champion
1993
Succeeded by
Scott Pruett
Preceded by
Inaugural
Indy Racing League Champion
1996 (with Buzz Calkins)
Succeeded by
Tony Stewart
Preceded by
Lucas Luhr
Marco Werner
American Le Mans Series champion
2009
with David Brabham
Succeeded by
David Brabham
Simon Pagenaud