IRL: CHAMPCAR/CART: Walker Racing Teams test in the East

INDIANAPOLIS, April 23, 2001 - Walker Racing's CART and IRL teams tested late last week at both Richmond and Nazareth in preparation for their upcoming races at both racetracks. INDY Racing Northern Light Series sophomore sensation Sarah Fisher...

INDIANAPOLIS, April 23, 2001 - Walker Racing's CART and IRL teams tested late last week at both Richmond and Nazareth in preparation for their upcoming races at both racetracks.

INDY Racing Northern Light Series sophomore sensation Sarah Fisher was back on the racetrack for the first time since her historic 2nd place finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway on April 8. Sarah took part in a one-day IRL test at Richmond International Raceway on Friday, April 20 and got in a total of 136 laps in her #15 Walker Racing/Kroger Special/Oldsmobile/Dallara/Firestone car. She clocked a fast speed of 157.775 mph, 17.113 secs., on the .75-mile, D-shaped racetrack.

"Richmond is definitely a driver's track," said Sarah. "It reminds me of driving my midget car at Anderson Speedway. You drive this track through the steering wheel of the car and you have to take the car deep into turn two - I was actually sliding and bending the car to get through. This is the first track that I felt like I was driving my IRL car more than the car was driving me, and it brings back a lot of memories from my sprint and midget racing roots, I think the race is going to be a blast!"

CART FedEx Championship Series rookie Tora (Tiger) Takagi likewise took place in a one-day test, but his was at Nazareth Speedway. Tora completed a total of 186 laps/miles in the #5 Pioneer/DENSO/Toyota/Reynard/Firestone machine and posted a fastest time of 20.8 seconds around the .946-mile tri-oval racetrack.

"Nazareth was a good productive test for us," said Team Manager Rob Edwards. "This is a very tricky oval track for a new driver to learn. It's quite different from the Phoenix and Homestead ovals we've been to with Tora before. It was important for us to be able to learn the Nazareth racetrack with only a few cars besides us running rather then trying to learn it race weekend with 27 other cars there. We have a good baseline to work from now when we go back for the race."

Both Walker Racing teams will be in action again this weekend. The Walker Racing IRL team will be at Atlanta Motor Speedway for the first night race of the IRL season. The Atlanta 500 Classis will be broadcast on Saturday, April 28 at 7 p.m. (ET) on ESPN 2, while Walker Racing's CART team will be at Texas Motor Speedway for the Firestone Firehawk 600 presented by Pioneer which will air on ESPN Sunday, April 29 at 3 p.m. (ET).

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