IRL IndyCar Series driver Scott Sharp will replace the injured Felipe Giaffone in the 2003 True Value IROC Series.

Giaffone suffered a fractured leg and pelvis as a result of a crash in the July 6 IRL event at Kansas Speedway. He is recuperating from surgery performed at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis and will be sidelined for the remainder of the 2003 True Value IROC season.

True Value IROC President, Jay Signore said, "We're very sorry for Felipe and will miss him here at Chicagoland and in the finale at Indy. The important thing now is for him to take the time to heal properly and completely before he climbs back into a race car, because we'd like to have him back in the series soon."

"I'm sure, with his talent there will be plenty of opportunities for him to be back in IROC. He had a great test here with us at Chicagoland Speedway in June and was up to speed very quickly, he really impressed everybody."

"I'm very happy to announce that Scott Sharp will return to IROC as a substitute for Felipe. It is important to us to have IRL IndyCar Series representation as a replacement for Felipe and with Scott's recent IROC experience, his current position in the (IRL) point standings and his availability, all the pieces fell into place for it to be him and we're very proud to have him back in IROC for Felipe."

This will be Sharp's third appearance in the IROC series. His first came in 1994 representing his Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) title and again in 2002 representing the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series. Sharp finished 12th overall in 1994 and 9th overall in 2002 with his best race finish, third in the 2002 IROC opener at Daytona International Speedway.

Of his replacing Felipe Giaffone, Sharp said, "Felipe is a great guy and I have a lot of respect for him. It's a shame to see what happened to him last weekend and I hope with the little bit of experience I gained last year in the IROC series, I might be able to help him out and will try hard to finish as far up in the standings as possible for him...I'm really glad to do it."

Going into the Chicagoland Speedway event this Saturday, July 12, Giaffone/Sharp is 11th in the point standings and will start second, in the outside pole position, next to fellow IndyCar Series driver, Helio Castroneves, currently 12th in the standings.

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