Sparta, KY. August 27, 2000 - Walker Racing rookie sensation Sarah Fisher scored her first podium finish during today's Belterra Resort Indy 300 - bringing the ...
Sparta, KY. August 27, 2000 - Walker Racing rookie sensation Sarah Fisher scored her first podium finish during today's Belterra Resort Indy 300 - bringing the #15 Walker Racing Cummins Special home in third place. In her final race as a 19-year old, Sarah also led nine laps, the first of her Indy Racing Northern Light career and finished just 7.749 seconds behind race winner Buddy Lazier. Her finish is the best ever for a woman in the history of Indy racing, and she also claimed honors as the youngest driver - male or female -- to ever lead race laps, and the youngest driver ever on a podium in Indy Racing history.
Great engineering and pit strategy, a smooth-handling car, and the presence of team owner Derrick Walker all helped to make her day a great success.
"The car was awesome," said Sarah. "The race really came to us today. We made only very minor changes to the car during the entire day, and I could run flat out anywhere on the track. I've learned so much this year and had such great support from my engineer Rob (Edwards), the guys on my team and especially Derrick Walker. They put a great deal of faith in me that I could do this, and I really appreciate it. I'm not finished learning these cars by any means, and I think that shows with every mile we run on a racetrack, and every race we run in."
Sarah started today's race in fourth position, on the outside of the second row. She was the fastest driver during the IRL's open test at Kentucky in early July. She also had the second-fastest time of the day during Friday's practice session for all drivers.
"It takes time for a new program to gel together," said Walker. "Today was our first strong finish and that shows we are on the right track. I was proud of Sarah and the team. All the hard work is beginning to pay off Sarah is a native of Commercial Point, Ohio, and received the loudest ovation of all drivers as she was escorted across the stage by baseball legend Pete Rose during the pre-race introductions. Over 200 friends and family from her hometown came to the race to support her.
"It's a very special feeling to be able to perform in front of all of them," said Sarah. "Mainly because they are the ones who supported me in the years in sprint and midgets, and they got to see a great show today."
Walker Racing's corporate sponsor partners are Cummins, Mead, SpeedWRX.com, Valvoline, emlrockfort, freeinternet.com, Dell Computer Corporation, St. Elmo Steakhouse, Oldsmobile, Dallara and Firestone.