INDIANAPOLIS, Aug. 13, 2001 - Walker Racing's CART and IRL teams spent the weekend racing at tracks in Ohio and Kentucky. Tora and the CART team were on the permanent road course at the Mid-Ohio Sports car complex in Lexington, Ohio, while Sarah...
INDIANAPOLIS, Aug. 13, 2001 - Walker Racing's CART and IRL teams spent the weekend racing at tracks in Ohio and Kentucky. Tora and the CART team were on the permanent road course at the Mid-Ohio Sports car complex in Lexington, Ohio, while Sarah and the IRL team raced on the 1.5-mile oval track at Kentucky Speedway.
Tora started the Miller Lite 200 at Mid-Ohio in 22nd position in the #5 Pioneer/DENSO Special/Toyota/Reynard/Firestone car and had moved as high as 12th place until an off on Lap 73 ended his day early. Tora finished in 21st place.
"Thanks to a couple of very good pit stops by the team, I had moved up to twelfth position," Tora said. "However, I ended up in the gravel at turn 2 when my gearbox suddenly went neutral and I lost control. Our engineers worked very hard to make the car competitive for this race, and I'm looking forward to our race next weekend at Elkhart Lake where we had a very good test."
"It's disappointing that we didn't have a better result at Mid-Ohio because the team worked very hard all weekend," said CART Team Manager Rob Edwards. "Our pit stops were very good and we made up ground both times. Tora did a good job at the start and ran strong throughout the race. Unfortunately we spun off with ten laps to go. Looking ahead to the next race at Elkhart Lake, we had a good test there earlier this summer and hopefully we can get back to a strong finish there next weekend."
Sarah started the Belterra Casino Indy 300 in 20th in the #15 Walker Racing/Kroger Special/Oldsmobile/Dallara/Firestone car and finished in 19th when her gearbox failed on Lap 154.
"Our car was very stable throughout the race," said Sarah. "And our team was very consistent this weekend as well. We've made some recent changes in personnel with the addition of Tim Bumps and this was the first race we've been through together. I think we've started making some very positive steps in the right direction here at Kentucky and we will continue that at St. Louis."
"Our goal for the weekend was to get the car good and consistent for the race," said IRL Team Manager Tim Bumps. "And we were able to achieve that for Sarah. She ran continual laps during the race that were as quick as her qualifying laps, and that's step one for our team.
My hat is also off to the IRL and Kentucky Speedway for doing a fabulous job of preparing the track for the race. The track condition was basically a non-issue the entire weekend and the race was a good one. "
The Indy Racing League takes next weekend off and will return to action at St. Louis on Aug. 26, while CART travels to Road America racetrack in Elkhart Lake, Wis. On Aug. 19. The Motorola 220 will be broadcast live on ESPN at 1 p.m. (ET).