IRL: Jeff Andretti to debut in 2001

INDIANAPOLIS, July 11, 2000 - Veteran driver Jeff Andretti's debut for Walker Racing has been delayed until the opening race of the 2001 season, the team announced today. "After much deliberation between emlrockfort Entertainment and Walker...

INDIANAPOLIS, July 11, 2000 - Veteran driver Jeff Andretti's debut for Walker Racing has been delayed until the opening race of the 2001 season, the team announced today. "After much deliberation between emlrockfort Entertainment and Walker Racing, we've decided to postpone Jeff's IRL debut until the season opener in Phoenix," said Erik Michael Lech, emlrockfort president and CEO. "All parties involved feel that this is the best way to maximize our relationship. We will be fully prepared to put on a good show and come on strong in 2001." Walker Racing announced in May, 2000, that Andretti would drive for the team beginning at the July 15 Indy Racing event at Atlanta through the remainder of the 2000 season. "We are working closely with emlrockfort to provide a program that is as well prepared as we can make it," said owner Derrick Walker. "The 2001 season allows us the time to get it right and come out of the box strong. The IRL is a new venture for us this year, and starting Sarah Fisher's program was a big step for us, 2001 is the logical year to expand our team."

Walker Racing also announced today that Freeinternet.com will become an associate sponsor on the #15 Cummins Special car driven by rookie sensation Sarah Fisher for the remainder of the season. "We're pleased to announce that emlrockfort has secured additional sponsorship for Sarah's car for the remainder of the 2000 season," said Lech. "Freeinternet.com is emlrockfort's premier and exclusive Internet partner, and they will also be a sponsor of Jeff's car in the 2001 season." Freeinternet.com was an associate sponsor on Fisher's car for the 84th running of the Indianapolis 500. Freeinternet.com provides 100% free and anonymous Internet service to over 2.2 million registered users in 1,500 cities in all 50 states. Freei sm gives consumers free Internet access, e-mail, news, chat, free long distance calling, free website hosting, shopping in the freeimallSM and more - all made fun and easy with "my freei," a customizable home page and "my neighborhood," which offers localized information.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Sarah Fisher , Jeff Andretti