IRL: Buhl to sit out Nazareth, Fisher named as driver

Indianapolis, Indiana (April 15, 2002) -- With their eyes firmly centered on their team's preparation for the upcoming Indianapolis 500, Team Purex/Aventis Dreyer & Reinbold Racing owners Robbie Buhl and Dennis Reinbold have signed Sarah Fisher to...

Indianapolis, Indiana (April 15, 2002) -- With their eyes firmly centered on their team's preparation for the upcoming Indianapolis 500, Team Purex/Aventis Dreyer & Reinbold Racing owners Robbie Buhl and Dennis Reinbold have signed Sarah Fisher to pilot their #24 Infiniti G Force at the Firestone Indy 225 on April 21. Fisher, voted the Indy Racing League's Most Popular Driver in 2001, will substitute for Buhl as he continues to rehabilitate from a qualifying crash at Fontana on March 23rd.

While Buhl appears fit and feels fine, he realizes that rushing back from his injuries too quickly could prevent him from pursuing his goal of winning the 86th running of the Indianapolis 500. Buhl and Reinbold reached their decision after conferring with Indy Racing League Medical Director Dr. Henry Bock and team members.

"I have really been looking forward to getting back to Nazareth, but I want to ensure that my participation will not impede my contributions to our team later in the season," said Buhl. "While I'm prepared to get behind the wheel, Dennis (Reinbold) and I view this purely as business decisionowe need to make the best judgement for our team, our sponsors and for our season-long goals."

The team's decision to put Fisher in the car was relatively easy according to both Reinbold and Buhl. "We have worked extremely hard at creating positive team chemistry with everyone who works with us at Dreyer & Reinbold Racing," said Reinbold.

"Sarah Fisher is not only one of the most talented race drivers available, we truly believe that she shares our values and appreciation for what we are trying to build at Dreyer & Reinbold Racing," added Buhl.

Fisher, who competed this weekend in a celebrity race at Long Beach, was ecstatic upon receiving the invitation to drive the proven ride at Dreyer & Reinbold Racing.

"I am thrilled about driving an Indy Racing League car for Dreyer & Reinbold at Nazareth," said Fisher. "It is a privilege to drive such an awesome race car like the #24 and to be invited to join such a well-respected group of people like Dreyer & Reinbold, Purex Detergents and Aventis."

Having the opportunity to work at Nazareth with Fisher, now a "free agent", has intensified the Dreyer & Reinbold efforts at finding funding for a second entry for Fisher beyond this week's race.

"We have watched Sarah perform at this level with great interest and we would really like to make Dreyer & Reinbold her home for the future," said Buhl.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Sarah Fisher , Robbie Buhl
Teams Dreyer & Reinbold Racing