Fort Worth, June 11, 2000 - Walker Racing rookie driver Sarah Fisher in the ...
Fort Worth, June 11, 2000 - Walker Racing rookie driver Sarah Fisher in the #15 Walker Racing Cummins Special/Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone had the race of her life today - for a time.
Fisher, age 19, started the rain-delayed Indy Racing Northern Light series race at Texas Motor Speedway in 25th position. Rain showers red-flagged the race on Lap 20, but the drivers were able to return to the track approximately ½ an hour later.
On Sarah's first pit stop (Lap 63), she came into the pits in 19th place, but due to the stellar efforts of her pit crew, she was able to re-enter the racetrack in 13th position. The rookie driver radioed back to her crew, "everything is fine, don't change a thing."
The second pit stop occurred on Lap 119, under green flag conditions. Sarah was up to third position in the field when she came into the pits. Once again, the only changes to the car were four tires and fuel. On leaving the pits, the car stalled, and had to be restarted. When Fisher's car re-entered the racetrack the engine developed a loss of power which persisted the rest of the race, and dropped Sarah out of contention.
Fisher hung in there with the rest of the cars on the track throughout the rest of the race, averaging 194 mph in her car while the race leaders averaged 209 mph. She was running at the end of the race, and finished in 12th position, the best finish in her IRL career to-date. (Previous best finish was 13th place, at Phoenix.)
"I think that this race was great because we did what we needed to do here, which was finish," said Fisher. "We had a problem with power, and until then, we were running with the lead pack for 100 laps or so. We tried to do as much as we could with what we had. Still, it was an awesome race and I had a great time out there when I was racing with everyone."
For the third race in a row, team owner Derrick Walker spotted for Fisher. "I'm getting used to Sarah's style on the racetrack as far as communicating with her as her spotter," said Walker. "We've developed a rapport kind of like I'm sitting in the passenger seat with her. It's grown from before when I was watching her from the sidelines and now it feels like I'm sitting in the car with her. She did everything right today. The pit stops were great and the car was flawless other than the loss of power."
Walker Racing's corporate sponsors partners are Cummins, Mead, SpeedWRX.com, Dell Computers, Emlrockfort, St. Elmo Steakhouse, Dallara and Firestone.