IRL: Fisher Kansas race report

Kansas City, Kan., July 8, 2001 - Walker Racing driver Sarah Fisher drove the Walker Racing/Kroger Special/Oldsmobile/Dallara/Firestone car to a 12th place finish before a sold-out crowd of 75,000 today. The Ameristar Casino Indy 200 race was run...

Kansas City, Kan., July 8, 2001 - Walker Racing driver Sarah Fisher drove the Walker Racing/Kroger Special/Oldsmobile/Dallara/Firestone car to a 12th place finish before a sold-out crowd of 75,000 today. The Ameristar Casino Indy 200 race was run on the brand-new 1.5-mile tri-oval racetrack at Kansas Speedway.

Sarah and the team worked almost exclusively on race set-up during the weekend as opposed to qualifying set-up and qualified a respectable 17th.

"One of the only advantages of starting farther back in the field is that you can make as many pit stops as you want early on and we did just that today," said Derrick. "Had we been able to run a little quicker in the race, our fuel strategy would have played into our hands in a big way."

The race started at noon Kansas time, with ambient temperature at 93 degrees and a track temperature of 127 degrees.

"It was a long race," said Sarah. "But it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be considering how hot it was today. We made it to the end of the race and that's what matters. We've been struggling with a loose car for a while and we have some good ideas going into the next race at Nashville on how to correct that and make the car more stable on the track. We've tested at Nashville, unlike Kansas, so that should give us more of an advantage when we go back for the race.

"Although we worked almost exclusively on a race set-up this weekend, we still came up short on a fast enough car," Derrick said. "The team did what they had to do and Sarah did what she could with the car and we finished a good respectable 12th place. Kansas is a fantastic facility and it shows that when you build a place like this and put on a great show, people come out to watch. There was a great crowd here today and the IRL gets very high marks for putting on a very successful new event."

The next event on the Indy Racing League schedule is the Harrah's Indy 200 at Nashville Superspeedway on July 21. The race will air on ESPN at 8 p.m. (ET).

-Walker Racing

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