Scott Sharp

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Birth Date:
2/15/1966
Birthplace:
Norwalk
Residence:
Jupiter
Team:
Extreme Speed Motorsports
Race Starts:
50
Championships:
1
Wins:
8
Top 3 Finishes:
22
Fast Qualifier:
0
Fastest Lap:
0
Driver Bio:

In addition to being team owner of Extreme Speed Motorsports, now in its third year of GT competition, Scott Sharp will also drive No. 01 Extreme Speed Motorsports Ferrari F458 Italia. … Shares car with Johannes van Overbeek. … Moved to GT competition a year after winning LMP1 title with Patrón Highcroft Racing in 2009. … Won three times with David Brabham in 2009. … Racing career started in sports cars in SCCA GT competition. … Moved to prototypes from IndyCar after 2007 season. … All-time leader in IRL starts.

Driver History:
2012
At Sebring, Sharp's No. 01 ESM Ferrari goes back to paddock early for a bad alternator, then suffers a damaged right-rear tire around three-hour mark. Car returns to paddock several more times. Sharp/van Overbeek/Cosmo finish ninth. ...At Long Beach, van Overbeek leads for several laps before handing car over to Sharp who brings car home in third. ..Sharp and van Overbeek finish fifth at Mazda Raceway. ...van Overbeek leads at Lime Rock Park before handing car over to Sharp who has a run-in with a PC car. Sharp continues, but loses time and position. Sharp claws back to a fourth-place finish. ...Sharp and van Overbeek challenge #45 Porsche and #3 Corvette throughout race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Last lap pass on #3 Corvette by Magnussen proved to be pivitol after #45 Porsche excluded from race results and win is handed #01 Ferrari. The team's first GT win in ALMS. ...Quiet race for Sharp and van Overbeek who finish sixth at Mid-Ohio. ...Sharp and van Overbeek keep car in podium position through four hours of racing at Road America before finishing third. Following race's conclusion, drivers and team are issued point penalty for avoidable contact on final lap. ...Sharp leads briefly in Baltimore before handing car over to van Overbeek, who finishes third. ...van Overbeek collects his first ALMS pole position at VIR for ESM and keeps car in the GT lead during opening stint. Sharp keeps car in the top three before handing back to van Overbeek who finishes third.
2011
The 2011 season got off to a rough start for the No. 01 Extreme Speed Motorsports Ferrari F458 Italia shared by Sharp and Johannes van Overbeek. ...After recording DNFs at Sebring and Long Beach, duo bounced back with a fourth place finish at Lime Rock Park and later a podium finish at Mazda Raceway. ... Sharp/van Overbeek end season seventh in GT drivers championship.
2010
At Sebring, transitioned to team ownership and as driver of Extreme Speed Motorsports Ferrari with Johannes van Overbeek/Dominik Farnbacher. Spent bulk of race running in top-five before brake fire ignited rear of Ferrari with Sharp aboard. Exited car safely but placed 11th in class. … At Long Beach, returned after Sebring fire with seventh-place, lead-lap finish with van Overbeek. Second-highest finishing Ferrari. … At Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, recorded team’s first top-five finish in just three events. Watched van Overbeek run as high as second on pace, and car posted fastest GT race lap. ... At Utah, placed seventh as van Overbeek again set fastest GT race lap. ... At Lime Rock, home track produced sixth-place finish on crowded track. ... At Mid-Ohio, tied season`s best finish with fifth-place GT finish. finished one lap off podium finish. ... At Road America, dropped to eighth in class in phenominal class-wide GT battle. Top nine cars finished on lead lap. ... At Mosport, sixth with van Overbeek, one lap down to winning GT car. Race cut short at 2:19 mark following red-flag stoppage. ... At Petit Le Mans, ended season on incredibly positive note with runner-up class finish, team`s first of the year. Drove with van Overbeek/Farnbacher, who posted race`s fastest GT2 lap.
2009
Made all 10 starts in LMP1 championship run aboard Patrón Highcroft Racing Acura ARX-02a prototype with three victories. … At Sebring, rejoined David Brabham/Dario Franchitti to debut Patrón Highcroft’s new Acura ARX-02a. Entry struggled a bit with pace and an early spin but remained in touch with lead cars before transmission failure after 302 laps. … At St. Petersburg, drove opening stint in first victory for Acura ARX-02a. Also won overall for second time with Brabham. After early-race spin, drove storming stint and handed off to Brabham in overall lead. … At Long Beach, finished second overall in tandem with Brabham after entry started on pole. Pitted from lead before crew assessed 20-second penalty during pit stop. … At Utah, drove opening stint in eventual runner-up overall finish with Brabham. Lost time in following Intersport Lola in opening laps. … At Lime Rock, drove opening stint in runner-up finish that saw Patrón Highcroft entry in position to win at circuit for second straight season before late tire puncture. … At Mid-Ohio, drove opening stint in runner-up finish with Brabham to maintain championship lead. Mid-stint contact with GT2 car slightly damaged Acura and hindered top-end speed capability. … At Road America, returned to Victory Circle in tense, close battle with de Ferran Acura for first overall victory since St. Petersburg. Led 18 laps before handing off to Brabham. … At Mosport, drove opening stint in second straight overall victory with Brabham. Struggled with tire setup but woes for de Ferran Acura negated that disadvantage. Moved four points closer to P1 championship. … A trying week for Patrón Highcroft team after Thursday afternoon crash that destroyed car and track fencing. Team flew in replacement tub and built up new car in less than 30 hours. Teamed with Brabham/Franchitti for sixth-place finish and retained P1 championship lead. … At Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, wrapped up first career LMP2 championship with runner-up finish in class and third overall with Brabham. Part of early-race fracas that sent Acura off track, and also experienced gearing problems before smooth run to checkered flag.
2008
Made 11 starts in first full season in American Le Mans Series. Drove with Brabham in Patrón Highcroft Racing Acura ARX-01b. … Debuted in prototypes at Sebring, with Brabham/Stefan Johansson. After tough opening to week, ended fourth in P2 and fifth overall as lead Acura. … Second in class at St. Petersburg before solid opening stint at Long Beach in team’s first victory. Watched Brabham make last-lap pass for class victory, first for Acura since Sebring 2007. … Suffered rear suspension damage early in Utah race following multi-car collision. Lost time in pits and finished ninth in P2. … Home Lime Rock race for Patrón Highcroft was one for history books. Watched Brabham qualify on overall pole. Started race and handed off to Brabham, who passed leading Porsche with only a minute and a half to go for team and marque’s first overall victory. … Started Mid-Ohio race second overall and again was most consistent of Acura teams. Duo finished a close second in P2. … Sharp/Brabham duo continued string of top-flight performances with season’s third win at Road America. Team appeared set for runner-up class finish until P2-leading Andretti Green Racing Acura collided with slower GT2 entry with 10 minutes left. … At Mosport, Sharp/Brabham pairing continued as Series’ hottest with third win in four starts. Sharp drove opening stint, and Brabham passed snake-bit Gil de Ferran, who ran out of fuel while leading in class on final lap. … Part of historic overall podium sweep for Acura at Detroit with runner-up finish. Sharp led first 48 laps. … Suffered heartbreaking Petit Le Mans weekend after spin and crash late in Lap 16. Car had to be repaired after tub was cracked following Test Day shunt with team having car ready for raceday warmup. … Lost time in Mazda Raceway pit lane for power steering repairs and a ninth place finish. … Took second place in P2 driver championship with Brabham and named Series Rookie of the Year.
1999
Made two starts in Series` inaugural season, both with Corvette Racing and Corvette C5-R. ... Ran seventh in GTS (38th overall) at Sebring with Andy Pilgrim/John Heinricy; entry retired after crash on Lap 158. ... Rejoined Pilgrim and Kelly Collins for fourth-place GTS finish (13th overall) at Petit Le Mans and was highest-finishing Corvette team.