IRL: Sarah Fisher Toyota Pro/Celebrity Long Beach report

IRL driver Sarah Fisher fifth at Toyota Pro/Celebrity race in Long Beach. Long Beach, Calif. - April 14, 2002 - Indy Racing League driver Sarah Fisher finished an impressive fifth in the 26th annual Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race on the 1.968-mile...

IRL driver Sarah Fisher fifth at Toyota Pro/Celebrity race in Long Beach.

Long Beach, Calif. - April 14, 2002 - Indy Racing League driver Sarah Fisher finished an impressive fifth in the 26th annual Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race on the 1.968-mile road course through the streets of Long Beach.

Twenty-one year old Sarah grew up on oval racetracks and had limited street course experience before the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race. She was one of five professional drivers who competed, and all of them started the 10-lap race 30 seconds behind the field of twelve celebrity drivers. "The race was a lot of fun, and the entire Toyota experience was a wonderful one," Sarah said. "I'm so used to driving cars without bumpers, that I forgot my Toyota Celica had them until three laps into the race. Then I took advantage of them!

I hadn't raced on a road or street course since I was 14 years old, so I thought I had a lot to learn compared to some of the other pros, but the best compliment I got after the race was when Tommy (Trans-Am Champion Kendall) came up and told me how impressed he was that I was able to stick behind him the entire race."

Olympic gold-medalist swimmer Dara Torres won the event, the first woman to do so in the 26 year history of the race, while second place went to Christopher Masterson (from "Malcolm in the Middle"), third went to professional road course driver Danica Patrick, and fourth to Kendall.

Other celebrities who competed were Dule Hill of "West Wing", Christopher Titus of "Titus" Patrick Stewart, Captain Jean-Luc Picard of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" Goran Visinjc, Dr. Luca on "ER," Bryan Cranston, Hal on "Malcolm in the Middle, Jacob Young, Lucky on "General Hospital, Patrick Warburton, "Seinfeld."

The Toyota Pro/Celebrity race will be aired April 28th on ESPN.

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Series IndyCar , Road racing
Drivers Sarah Fisher , Patrick Stewart , Bryan Cranston , Danica Patrick