Sharp Ends Winless Drought

Former IRL Champion Scott Sharp ended a 40-race winless streak to take the victory in today's Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway

Sharp Ends Winless Drought

The 37-year-old took the lead on lap 134, passing points leader Dan Wheldon, and never relinquished his lead to the end, fending off fierce challenge from Victor Meira, who finished second.

Wheldon, early favourite to take the win, was beaten through pitstops and finished third, ahead of Alex Barron in fourth and Helio Castroneves in fifth.

Pole-sitter Danica Patrick had a bad race, first surrendering the lead to Tony Kanaan on the opening lap, then stalling at the pits on lap 71, and then running into gearbox problems, finishing 16 laps down on the leader, in 16th place.

Defending series Champion Tony Kannan led the first 25 laps of the race but his right rear suspension failed on lap 99, making it his third retirement this season.

Sharp's win, his first since 2003, is the second for team Delphi Fernandez Racing at Kentucky, after last year Adrian Fernandez took the honours.

Pos  Driver              Make-Engine      Laps
 1.  Scott Sharp         Panoz-Honda      200
 2.  Vitor Meira         Panoz-Honda      200
 3.  Dan Wheldon         Dallara-Honda    200
 4.  Alex Barron         Dallara-Toyota   200
 5.  Helio Castroneves   Dallara-Toyota   200
 6.  Buddy Lazier        Dallara-Chevy    200
 7.  Sam Hornish Jr.     Dallara-Toyota   200
 8.  Kosuke Matsuura     Panoz-Honda      200
 9.  A.J. Foyt IV        Dallara-Chevy    200
10.  Jimmy Kite          Dallara-Toyota   200
11.  Tomas Enge          Dallara-Chevy    200
12.  Patrick Carpentier  Dallara-Toyota   200
13.  Ryan Briscoe        Panoz-Toyota     200
14.  Buddy Rice          Panoz-Honda      199
15.  Jaques Lazier       Panoz-Toyota     197
16.  Danica Patrick      Panoz-Honda      184
17.  Roger Yasukawa      Dallara-Honda    174
18.  Dario Franchitti    Dallara-Honda    169
19.  Bryan Herta         Dallara-Honda    144
20.  Tony Kanaan         Dallara-Honda     99
21.  Tomas Scheckter     Dallara-Chevy     82
22.  Ed Carpenter        Dallara-Toyota    67
23.  Scott Dixon         Panoz-Toyota      27
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