IRL: Indy500: Sarah Fisher makes history in race

INDIANAPOLIS, May 28, 2000 --- Walker Racing rookie driver Sarah Fisher, at 19 years old, made history today as she became the third-youngest driver ever - male or female - and the youngest woman to compete in the Indianapolis 500-mile race ...

INDIANAPOLIS, May 28, 2000 --- Walker Racing rookie driver Sarah Fisher, at 19 years old, made history today as she became the third-youngest driver ever - male or female - and the youngest woman to compete in the Indianapolis 500-mile race today. Her day ended early due to an accident on the 72nd lap when a white car tried to make a pass Fisher on the inside of Turn One. Fisher was sandwiched between that car and the one of Lyn St. James, who was on the outside of the #15 car. "I was passing Lyn on the front stretch and then from out of nowhere we were three abreast," said Fisher. "A white car came up on my inside, and I held my line and stayed where I was at, and we all touched wheels. When you touch wheels in an Indy Car, bad things start to happen." Fisher's car had problems throughout her entire time on the racetrack today." "It seems we had two things gone wrong that were related to fuel today," said owner Derrick Walker, "although we're not quite sure yet. The first problem was that the car ran out of fuel sooner than it should have done, and it also caught Sarah twice in the pits because the engine kept stalling. The other problem was that as the car ran on the engine picked up a bit of a misfire, and seemed quite slow on the straight at times. We're not quite sure what happened yet. "I thought she did very well today, especially on the start of the race in traffic. She kept her cool, and looked very consistent, so I think she was doing everything she could to finish this race. Sarah came of age around the Speedway today, she really did." Walker had a unique vantage point as a spotter to call the race from the very top of the brand-new Tower at the 2-1/2 mile oval. "Because this was Sarah's first Indy 500, I asked Brian (Barnhart) if he would allow us special permission to have the best seat in the house," said Walker. "So I had a spot on the top of the Pagoda. I had a view of the entire track, and a good vantage point to watch her there." Team owner Walker, a veteran of 20 Indianapolis 500 mile races himself, engineer Rob Edwards, and the entire Walker Racing team all contributed to the success that driver Fisher had during the month of May. "My guys had done a very good job of preparing the car, and I had Derrick as my spotter at this race again, so things were going well. I had an awesome time at Indy the entire two weeks I was here," said Fisher. "The place is wonderful and so are all the fans. I'm very glad to have come here and race, and I'm definitely looking forward to coming back again next year. Walker Racing's other corporate sponsors partners are Cummins, Mead, Dell Computer Corporation, SpeedWRX.com, Emlrockfort, freeinternet.com, St. Elmo Steakhouse, Dallara and Firestone.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Sarah Fisher , Lyn St. James