Right Turns In Sharps Future

Scott Sharp’s offseason just got a little shorter.

Sharp announced Wednesday that he will compete in the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 2 and 3.

“I'm very excited to get a chance to win at Daytona again,” Sharp said. “Returning with Riley & Scott and Jim Matthews Racing is a fantastic opportunity to repeat one of the highlights of my own or any driver's career: an overall win in the Rolex 24 at Daytona.”

Sharp won the prestigious 24-hour endurance race in 1996 on Daytona’s 3.56-mile road course. Riley & Scott was with him then, too.

“We're thrilled to continue our long and successful association with Scott,” said Bill Riley, Riley & Scott’s vice president. “This will be our fourth 24-hour race together. With Scott, Guy Smith and Jim (Matthews), we're prepared for a very competitive race.”

A fourth co-driver for the Matthews team will be named shortly, Riley said.

Sharp will drive a Riley & Scott Mk III C powered by a 6-liter Elan Power Products V8 engine in the sports car classic.

A month later, Sharp will enter his fifth year of Indy Racing League competition with Kelley Racing in the No. 8 Dallara-Chevy. He’ll also compete in the International Race of Champions, making 2002 a busy one for the 33-year-old.

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