Full Name: Scott Sharp
Birth date: February 14th , 1968
Birthplace: Norwalk, Connecticut
Residence: Tequesta, Florida
Marital Status: Wife, Bethany
Children: Briana, Jackson, Hudson, Selah, London
Corvette Racing 1999
Scott Sharp started his racing career at the age of 8 in karts and managed a stunning fifty race wins from seventy-five starts, at the age of sixteen he graduated to cars and he continued with his winning habit taking a maiden SCCA victory in his first race at New Hampshire. Scott has literally born to race as his father is the six-time SCCA national champion Bob Sharp.
In 1986 he won the SCCA National GT-2 driver’s championship in a Nissan 280ZX Turbo for the Newman-Sharp Racing team which was headed by his father and actor Paul Newman. The following year he moved up to SCCA GT-1 and again won the National Title in his first season as a professional driver. In 1988 Sharp moved on to the SCCA Trans-Am series competing in four events in addition to winning a second straight GT-1 Championship, he also won six races in the SCCA Escort Endurance A Class championship in a Nissan 300ZX finishing second in the championship alongside co-driver Pepe Pombo.
During the next couple of years Sharp again competed for the Newman-Sharp team in SCCA Trans-Am including victory in Detroit during the 1990 season. In 1991 Sharp won the SCCA Trans-Am championship driving a Chevrolet Camaro for American Equipment Racing in 1992 he finished second in the SCCA Trans-Am championship winning twice during the season.
1993 saw Sharp move on to CART whilst also competing and winning his second SCCA Trans-Am championship with six victories. In 1994 he ran a complete CART schedule including a first start in the Indianapolis 500. In 1995 he again raced in both SCCA Trans-Am and CART.
In 1996 Sharp won the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona co-driving with Wayne Taylor and Jim Pace driving a Riley & Scott for Doyle Racing, later in the same season he also won at Sears Point for the same team and in june 1996 took part in the 24 Hours of Le Mans recording a DNF. The Daytona and Sears Point races were run as part of the IMSA championship which is the forerunner to the ALMS Series. In the same year Sharp moved to IndyCars which was the start of an amazing career that continued until 2009, he started 147 races including an unbroken run in excess of one hundred IRL races.
With his racing history and particular endurance race experience including the 1996 win at Daytona, Scott Sharp was one of the original C5R drivers and he was the third driver in the #4 car for the three longer events during the inaugural season for the team in 1999 at Daytona, Sebring and Road Atlanta. Scott Sharp’s involvement in the Corvette Racing Team was instigated by Bill Riley who helped run the #4 car for Corvette Racing at Daytona in 1999 as he had raced for Riley previously.
24 Hours of Le Mans Race History
|Year||Position||Drivers||Car||Team||Class||Position in Class|
|1996||DNF||Wayne Taylor / RSA
Jim Pace / USA
Scott Sharp / USA
|#19 Riley & Scott Mk III-Oldsmobile||Riley & Scott||WSC||DNF|
|2015||28th||Scott Sharp / USA
Ryan Dalziel / GB
David Heinemeier Hansson / DK
|#30 Ligier JS P2||Extreme Speed Motorsports||LMP2||10th|
Courtesy of Nigel S. Dobbie, Author of Corvette Racing: The GT1 Years