IRL: Nazareth: Fisher injured in final practice

NAZARETH, Pa., Saturday, Aug. 23, 2003 -- Sarah Fisher is awake and alert after an accident during the final practice for the Firestone Indy 225 IRL IndyCarTM Series event at Nazareth Speedway. She was transported via air to Lehigh Valley...

NAZARETH, Pa., Saturday, Aug. 23, 2003 -- Sarah Fisher is awake and alert after an accident during the final practice for the Firestone Indy 225 IRL IndyCarTM Series event at Nazareth Speedway.

She was transported via air to Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, Pa. for evaluation of back pain, said Dr. Henry Bock, director of medical services for the Indy Racing League.

Fisher, 22, driver of the No. 23 GMAC/AOL/Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone, spun to the left in Turn 3 and hit the outside retaining wall with the left rear of the car with approximately 10 minutes remaining in the final practice session.

The car suffered heavy damage to the rear and moderate damage to the front wing and suspension.

Further update on Fisher's condition will be provided when available.

Bryan Herta led the final practice session with a lap of 20.6490 seconds, 163.010 mph in the No. 27 Archipelago/Motorola Dallara/Honda/Firestone.

Rookie Roger Yasukawa turned only five laps in the final practice session. Team officials reported an engine problem.

The Firestone Indy 225 starts at 3 p.m. (EDT) Aug. 24 and will be broadcast live on ESPN and the IMS Radio Network.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Sarah Fisher , Bryan Herta , Roger Yasukawa
Teams Dreyer & Reinbold Racing