INDIANAPOLIS, May 27, 2001 - On a day that dawned cold and overcast for the 85th running of the Indianapolis 500, Walker Racing driver Sarah Fisher completed a short seven laps and had moved up to 13th position in the ...
INDIANAPOLIS, May 27, 2001 - On a day that dawned cold and overcast for the 85th running of the Indianapolis 500, Walker Racing driver Sarah Fisher completed a short seven laps and had moved up to 13th position in the #15 Walker Racing/Kroger Special/Oldsmobile/Dallara/Firestone car before loose handling sent her into the turn 2 wall.
"From the first couple of laps of the race, the car was really loose," Sarah said. "I was working with my rear sway bars trying to make the car more stable in the rear, but they didn't really help too much. The car was so loose I was barely hanging on. Going into the corner of turn two, I wasn't able to hang on and the rear stepped out and there was nothing I could do to save it.
The conditions today during the race were totally unlike any we had run in before this month, and this car has never been this loose before, ever. I think a lot of the other drivers out there were having the same problems, and Scott (Sharp) and Sam (Hornish) did the same thing. It's just a shame that we weren't able to have a better result this year for Kroger, Kraft, Pantene, Gain, Iams and Mead, but we'll be back on track in two weeks at Texas and we'll get them then."
The weather conditions also affected several other drivers, including pole sitter Scott Sharp, who hit the wall on the opening lap of the world's greatest race.
"The track was a different one for us today," said owner Derrick Walker. "Sarah's car was very neutral, or loose, and it was a bit too much. When you have these cooler conditions, and go for the green on the restart laps and the pressures aren't up, an ill handling car will magnify any problems that are already there, and it made the problem with our car terminal. It's too bad it was a shorter race than it should have been, we had a pretty good chance to do really well today."
Sarah had started the "500" in 15th position and ironically finished in 31st position, equaling her finish in her rookie run during last year's race.