IRL: Sarah Fisher fun in Las Vegas race

Las Vegas, April 22, 2000 - Walker Racing rookie driver Sarah Fisher drove an exciting race and had fun at the same time during today's Vegas Indy 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Fisher started the race in 12th place, and raced all the way...

Las Vegas, April 22, 2000 - Walker Racing rookie driver Sarah Fisher drove an exciting race and had fun at the same time during today's Vegas Indy 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Fisher started the race in 12th place, and raced all the way to second place before her day ended early with an accident on Lap 127. Walker Racing owner Derrick Walker spotted for Sarah during today's race - marking the first time in his long motorsports career that he served as spotter for his team. "Today was the first time I've ever spotted in my life," said Walker. "I think it gives you a different perspective on the race. What was good for me was to see the driver and team interaction from a distance. The communication between the pits and myself was like I was standing in the pits. Everybody did their job and we were really racing out there." Team strategy played a big part in the race, with the first scheduled pit stop taking place on Lap 35, under a yellow on the racetrack. The second scheduled pit stop also took place under yellow conditions on Lap 90, playing into the hands of engineer and team manager Rob Edwards and race strategist Walker. "The whole team worked together really well this weekend, the pit strategy was awesome," said driver Fisher. "I don't have anything to do with that, that's all due to Rob and Derrick. I feel very lucky as a kid to be with a very elite team like this. When we went out of the race I think we were in P2 (2nd place)." After the second pit stop, Fisher went back on track in fourth position and held it until moving up to second place on Lap 125. Two laps later, on Lap 127, Fisher lost control of the car coming out of Turn 3. "I don't really know what happened," said Fisher. "All of a sudden the car felt really loose and I don't know if the car behind me got too close or if something broke in the car or what. We'll have to look at the car after the race to find out. " But I do know that I had an awesome time out there. It was a lot of fun to race with the leaders and to have Derrick spotting me out there. It was a blast and I had a ton of fun." The rookie driver ended up in 17th place at the end of the race.

The next round of the Indy Racing Northern Light championship series will be the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 28. The race will be broadcast live on ABC at 11 a.m. (ET).

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The Challenge continues: The competition heats up as the Walker Racing crews move to the next round of pit stop challenges. Walker Racing is the only open-wheel team competing full-time in both the CART and IRL series.

The two Walker Racing crews are engaged in a friendly competition between the CART FedEx team with driver Shinji Nakano and headed by chief mechanic Tim Broyles and Sarah Fisher's Indy Racing Northern Light Series team headed by Ron Catt. The competition is based on cumulative time spent in the pits during a race. At the end of the Las Vegas 300, the score shows a dead heat between the two crews.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Sarah Fisher , Shinji Nakano