LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Scott Sharp was the fastest in winter testing and in practice at Walt Disney World Speedway, so it was no surprise that he won the pole Saturday for the Indy Racing League season-opener.
Still, it was not easy.
In fact, the competition for the top spot in today's Indy 200 went down to the wire as Sharp knocked Raul Boesel off the pole, then stood in the pits and waited as Greg Ray went after him on the one-mile oval.
"It was worse sitting there watching than being in the car," said Sharp, whose lap of 171.371 mph gave him his second pole in the open-wheel series.
Ray, making his first start for Team Menard after replacing former series champion and 1998 race winner Tony Stewart--now running full-time in NASCAR--came close, taking the outside of the front row at 170.697. The time differential between the two laps was .083 seconds.