IRL: Indy500: Walker Racing appreciative of media understanding

INDIANAPOLIS, May 17, 2000 --- Walker Racing owner Derrick Walker is no stranger to the rigors of the month of May. This year is no exception. Walker's rookie driver in the Indy Racing Northern Light Series is Sarah Fisher. Fisher, at 19 years...

INDIANAPOLIS, May 17, 2000 --- Walker Racing owner Derrick Walker is no stranger to the rigors of the month of May. This year is no exception. Walker's rookie driver in the Indy Racing Northern Light Series is Sarah Fisher. Fisher, at 19 years of age, is attempting to become the third-youngest driver ever -- male or female -- and the youngest woman to ever compete in the World's Greatest Race -- the Indianapolis 500. Fisher signed with the Walker Racing team in January 2000, and has competed in three IRL races to date. She started racing at the age of five and has won races in many of the stepping stone series to get to the Indy Racing League series, including the WKA (World Karting Assn.), WOO (World of Outlaws), and the NAMARS midgets series. She has been startled by the amount of attention she has received so far at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. "I've kind of been overwhelmed by how many people have wanted to talk to me in the past four days alone!" said the rookie driver. "It's been a very new experience to have this kind of attention, both from the media and the fans. I've been told that it gets even more intense as it gets closer to race day, so I really don't know what to expect." Fisher's team owner Derrick Walker is "tuned in" to the kind of pressure the rookie driver is experiencing. "It's my philosophy that our main goal and our focus for the Indianapolis 500 is first and foremost to get in the race, and then once we are in, to focus on performing well," said Walker. "It's very important for Sarah to be able to focus on that goal. Because she is young, and hasn't raced at the Indy 500 before, I think she needs to have total concentration when she is at the racetrack. As a matter of fact, Sarah's parents aren't even here during practice this week, although they'd love to be here with her. They understand what we are doing and why, and that she needs to have total and complete dedication to the task at hand. Walker is also aware of all the media attention his young driver is receiving. "We're very appreciative of all the coverage we've been getting and we ask that the media respect the wishes of our team to let us focus on the task we have at hand. We will be holding several press conferences and media one-on-ones during May to enable the media members a thorough chance to talk to Sarah, which we hope they will be able to attend." There will be a general press conference with Sarah Fisher, Derrick Walker and team manager Rob Edwards on Wednesday, May 17 at 6:30 p.m. Sarah will also be available for interviews after she qualifies for the Indianapolis 500, and again on Carburetion Day, May 25, at 3 p.m. Walker Racing's Indy Racing Northern Light Series corporate sponsor partners are Cummins, Mead, SpeedWRX.com, St. Elmo Steakhouse and Firestone.

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