9 Scott Sharp
American LeMans Series
Team: Patron Highcroft Racing
Sponsors: Patron Highcroft Racing, Acura, Takata, Michelin, Forbes, Troy Lee Designs
- Norwalk, CT
Scott is the son of six-time SCCA National Champion Bob Sharp. He started racing karts at age 8, winning 50 of 75 starts and won the first SCCA race he entered (New Hampshire 1984). He went on to win three consecutive SCCA National Championships - GT-2 in 1986 and GT-1 in 1987 and 1988.
He made his Trans-Am debut in 1988 with four starts and competed in Trans-Am through 1992, collecting nine victories. He won first race at Detroit in 1990, the same season he teamed with Paul Newman in SCCA competition. He became the youngest Trans-Am champion by winning six races and eight poles in a Chevy Camaro and also set seven track records. Scott was the championship runner-up in 1992 with two wins and seven poles in 11 starts. He won his second championship with six wins in 1993, the same year he made his CART debut.
Scott came in second in the 1994 CART Rookie Championship and placed 16th in his first Indy 500. He won the 1994 Daytona 24 Hours in Riley & Scott-Oldsmobile with Wayne Taylor/Jim Pace and shared inaugural IndyCar Series championship with Buzz Calkins with best finish of second at Phoenix.
He missed the majority of 1996 season and all of 1997 season due to a head injury but recorded at least one victory per year from 1998-2003. He returned in 1998 to score victories at Phoenix and Dover to highlight 4th place championship finish.
His other victories include Atlanta in 1999, Texas in 2000 by leading 38 laps after 12-place start, Indianapolis 500 pole position in 2001 and Texas again in 2001 for the second straight season. He got a 3rd place championship finish in 2001 for his career best, won at Nazareth in 2002 and followed with Motegi win in the 2003 season. Scott was winless in 2004 but scored an emotional win at Kentucky in 2005 (career highlight), and also finished 7th at Indianapolis. His best result of 2006 was 5th at Texas and Richmond. In 2007, Scott was 8th in the IRL Championship with pole position at Texas and 3rd at Iowa and Michigan after leading in both. He also placed a career-best 6th at Indianapolis. He placed 14th in the 2009 Indy 500 in a Patrón-sponsored Panther Racing entry.