IRL: CHAMPCAR/CART: Walker Racing weekend report 2000-10-15

Oct. 16, 2000, Fort Worth, TX - Walker Racing driver Sarah Fisher ended her rookie season with an 11th place finish in the Excite 500 at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend. The finish was the second-best of the season for Derrick Walker's Indy...

Oct. 16, 2000, Fort Worth, TX - Walker Racing driver Sarah Fisher ended her rookie season with an 11th place finish in the Excite 500 at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend. The finish was the second-best of the season for Derrick Walker's Indy Racing Northern Light Series team.

Sarah qualified for the race in 13th place and utilized the "patient aggressiveness" skills that she's learned with the Walker Race team during her rookie season in the all-oval track series at the 1 ½-mile oval at Texas.

"Rob and my guys did a fantastic job today, and Bruce Kempton did great as our spotter since Derrick was in Australia. Even though we didn't end up as well as we would have liked to, we accomplished our goal of finishing the race and getting the whole 208 laps of it under our belts. It just happened to not be our day and 11th place was the spot we were supposed to have." Although the Walker Race team didn't race in the first IRNLS event of the year, Sarah ended up in 3rd place in the 2000 overall rookie points standings for the year and was just 18 points behind top-finishing rookie Airton Dare, who competed in all events during the 2000 season.

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Shinji 21st at Honda Indy 300 at Surfer's - Walker Racing's CART team spent the weekend "Down Under" at Surfer's Paradise, Australia. Rookie driver Shinji Nakano qualified the #5 avex/Honda/Reynard/Firestone car in 21st place and had raced up through the field to 6th place before an engine problem put him out of the race early.

"The car started running rough for a couple of laps and then became difficult to shift. Then it just lost all power and I had to pull over. Until then we were running well and had moved up through the field, so to finish early was disappointing."

The race at Surfer's was an exciting one, with seven lead changes, and NASCAR-like bumping by many of the drivers on the 2.79-mile street circuit in Queensland, Australia.

The 2000 CART FedEx Championship Series will end its season with the Marlboro 500 presented by Toyota at California Speedway on Sunday Oct. 29. The race will be broadcast at 2:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Sarah Fisher , Airton Daré , Shinji Nakano