IRL: Fisher, Mears Gateway test 2001-07-31

MADISON, ILL. July 31, 2001 - Walker Racing IRL sophomore driver Sarah Fisher teamed up with rookie Casey Mears to test on the 1.25-mile oval at Gateway International Raceway on Tuesday. The duo logged a total of 188 combined laps in the Indy...

MADISON, ILL. July 31, 2001 - Walker Racing IRL sophomore driver Sarah Fisher teamed up with rookie Casey Mears to test on the 1.25-mile oval at Gateway International Raceway on Tuesday. The duo logged a total of 188 combined laps in the Indy Racing League's open test in preparation for the IRL's Aug. 26 Gateway Indy 250 race.

Casey ran in the morning test session in the #15 Walker Racing/Kroger Special and posted a quick time of 27.38 seconds, while Sarah took to the wheel in the afternoon and ran a total of 104 laps with a quick lap of 27.28 seconds.

"This was the first time that Casey and I had been able to run laps together for the Walker Racing team and we worked well together," said Sarah. "We have similar driving styles and I think he'd be a great teammate for me. St. Louis is a very difficult track to get used to but we were able to try some different things with the car and get used to the track which will help us when we go back later this month."

"It was good to have the opportunity to run both Casey and Sarah," said Walker Racing team manager Rob Edwards, who attended the test along with owner Derrick Walker. "It also gave us another good look at Casey as we keep building toward a program for both for next year."

Casey has prior racing experience at Gateway in the Indy Lights Series in 2000, where he started seventh and finished second. The 23-year old nephew of Indy car legend Rick Mears also tested earlier this summer for Walker Racing's CART team at Mid Ohio Sports Complex.

"Since I've run at Gateway before, I knew what to expect out of the track," Casey said. "I knew where the bumps are and that helped me get up to speed a little quicker. I think it was a plus for both Sarah and myself to be able to run the car and talk about it together, another bonus it that when we looked at the data on the computer we saw that our driving styles were very similar. We worked really well together and I enjoyed the feedback we gave each other."

"Including Casey in our test is all part of the continuation of our efforts to put a program together which includes Casey for the 2002 season," said Derrick. "There's a lot of synergy between Sarah and Casey and from a marketing perspective they offer a huge opportunity for some of the potential clients we've been talking to."

Sarah and the Walker IRL team will test again on Thursday, Aug. 2 at Chicagoland Speedway.

-WR

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Casey Mears , Rick Mears