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SCOTT LOOKS SHARP IN IRL PRACTICE RUN

Scott Sharp is off and running to what he hopes will be an Indy Racing League title he won't have to share.

Sharp, 30, was co-champion with Buzz Calkins in 1996, the IRL's abbreviated inaugural season, winning the title for then team-owner A.J. Foyt.

Last year, his first driving for Rich Kelley, Sharp was in the hunt for another title until some late-season bad luck.

"We blew a tire and crashed at Texas, then we had a strange gearbox problem at Atlanta," Sharp said Friday after being the fastest in the first day of practice for the season-opening Indy 200 on Sunday at Walt Disney World Speedway. "But those are the kind of things that happen in racing. You can't let them get you down."

Sharp turned a lap of 170.132 mph, the fastest of the day, despite missing virtually the entire morning practice with a fuel-pressure problem.

Mark Dismore was fastest in the morning practice and wound up second overall on Friday with a lap of 168.587.

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