IRL: Sarah stays the course at Texas

Fort Worth, TX., June 10, 2001 - Walker Racing driver Sarah Fisher rode out a bumpy race at Texas Motor Speedway to finish 18th after being caught up in the debris from an accident during the Casino Magic 500. Sarah took the green flag in the ...

Fort Worth, TX., June 10, 2001 - Walker Racing driver Sarah Fisher rode out a bumpy race at Texas Motor Speedway to finish 18th after being caught up in the debris from an accident during the Casino Magic 500.

Sarah took the green flag in the #15 Walker Racing/Kroger Special /Oldsmobile/Dallara/Firestone car in 18th place, and was making her way up through the field after her first pit stop and was running consistent 212 mph laps as the sun was setting over the Fort Worth track, when, in an incident with an eerie similarity to the one at the IRL's first night race in Atlanta in April, Sarah was caught up in the debris from an accident that happened directly in front of her.

"The accident happened right in front of me," said Sarah. "And once again, I was the first car through and got caught up in all the debris that was flying. I didn't have a chance to dodge any of it. It clipped our right front A-arm and also the tie rod and steering rod, so we had to come in and fix it, which put us 20-some laps down. I can't say enough thanks to my crew, they got the car fixed and back out on the track again in record time, they just did an incredible job."

Sarah got back on the track on lap 94, just six laps after the track went green after the cleanup from the accident, but knew she couldn't be a contender for the win since there was no way she could make up the 24 laps she was down by the race's end.

"We were running the same pace on our own as a lot of other guys were running in the draft," Sarah said. "We had a good car at the end of the race and it was comfortable enough to run flat out."

Sarah stayed in the race until the end and was able to finish 18th. She is currently in 11th place in the Indy Racing League point standings, just one point out of 10th.

"It was a terrific race," said owner Derrick Walker. "It was a classic, and showed what the IRL is all about. It was too bad for us that we got caught up in that accident. From that point on, we were just hanging in there to see what we could pick up from the end result. It was a first-class team effort and our team never gave up."

The next Indy Racing Northern Light Series event is the Radisson Indy 200 on June 17 at Pikes Peak International Raceway in Fountain, Colo. The race will be broadcast on ABC at 4 p.m. (ET).

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