IRL: Sarah Fisher Richmond qualifying

RICHMOND, Va., June 29, 2001 - Walker Racing sophomore sensation Sarah Fisher will start a career-best second at tomorrow's SunTrust Indy Challenge Indy Racing Northern Light Series event at Richmond International Raceway. Sarah's quick qualifying...

RICHMOND, Va., June 29, 2001 - Walker Racing sophomore sensation Sarah Fisher will start a career-best second at tomorrow's SunTrust Indy Challenge Indy Racing Northern Light Series event at Richmond International Raceway. Sarah's quick qualifying lap in the #15 Walker Racing/Kroger Special/Oldsmobile/Dallara/Firestone car was clocked at 159.891 mph. Her previous best start was fourth last August at Kentucky Speedway, a race that she finished in third place.

The .75-mile oval racetrack at Richmond is the first track shorter than a mile in Indy Racing League history, but Sarah is no stranger to short tracks, having spent much of her 15 years in racing on tracks of this length or less. Sarah's strong showing during qualifying is a contrast to her initial outing on Friday, when during her initial outing on the track and after posting the fastest time of the session, she crashed.

"This is a really tough track," Sarah said. "It's a bullring, and is what I grew up with. This is why Derrick (Walker) hired me. My team did a tremendous job after the accident yesterday of putting the car back together and giving me even a better car than before. Richmond is definitely a short track, and that's where I was raised and born, the short tracks of America -- racing with the World of Outlaws. This starting position is awesome for us and for our sponsors Kroger, Iams, Pantene, Bounty, Always, Mead and Firestone. I'm so excited about tomorrow, it'll be wheel-to-wheel competition. You'll have to keep your elbows up because it'll get greasy out there."

"Super job and brilliant recovery after the accident yesterday," owner Derrick Walker said. "Sarah and the team did an excellent job during qualifying and we look forward to a good race tomorrow."

The SunTrust Indy Challenge race will air on ESPN at 8 p.m. (EDT) Saturday.

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