IRL: Richmond Int'l Raceway - Fisher spotlight

INDYCAR SERIES DRIVER SARAH FISHER GEARING UP FOR SUNTRUST INDY CHALLENGE PRESENTED BY XM AT RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY Richmond, VA (June 5, 2007)--IndyCar® Series driver Sarah Fisher was in town for a Richmond visit Tuesday to promote...

INDYCAR SERIES DRIVER SARAH FISHER GEARING UP FOR SUNTRUST INDY CHALLENGE PRESENTED BY XM AT RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY

Richmond, VA (June 5, 2007)--IndyCar® Series driver Sarah Fisher was in town for a Richmond visit Tuesday to promote the upcoming SunTrust Indy Challenge Presented by XM IndyCar Series race at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday, June 30. Fisher visited with the local media and signed autographs at SunTrust's downtown Richmond branch.

Fisher, the first female to compete full-time in the IndyCar Series, is back in the series for a full slate after a two-year hiatus where she ran stock cars. She is no stranger to Richmond International Raceway, as she competed at America's Premier Short Track in 2001, 2002 and 2003. According to Fisher, Richmond International Raceway's ¾-mile oval provides some of the most exciting racing in the series.

"From everyone that I've talked to, the start of the IndyCar race at Richmond is eye-opening because we go in there two-wide and we're going really fast, running about 175 mph," said Fisher. "All that on a little oval is pretty amazing to see in person. It's one of the most intense races on the schedule. Things happen really quickly on the short tracks and Richmond is definitely one of those."

Fans can expect to see all of that excitement June 29-30 when the IndyCar Series returns to Richmond International Raceway for the seventh consecutive year. The weekend kicks off Friday, June 29 with NBC12 Day featuring Pole Qualifying for the IndyCar Series and the USAC National Sprint Car Series race. Friday's ticket includes an autograph session with all of the IndyCar Series drivers. The open-wheel weekend continues Saturday, June 30 with the SunTrust Indy Challenge Presented by XM, preceded by the USAC Silver Crown Series race.

Voted most popular driver in the series three consecutive years (2001-2003), Fisher started her IndyCar Series career in 1999. She has the best finish of any female IndyCar Series driver in history (second) and is the first female to win an IndyCar Series pole. That success has been evident at Richmond International Raceway, a place where she has started from the second spot twice in three attempts. The surface will be a little different, considering her last Richmond visit came in 2003. The track underwent a repavement project following the 2003 season, which has allowed for even higher speeds at America's Premier Short Track.

"It's going to be exciting," said Fisher. "There have been a lot of changes at the track since I've been here and I'm looking forward to running on the new pavement and seeing all the improvements that have been made."

Tickets are on sale now for Friday, June 29 and Saturday, June 30 at Richmond International Raceway. Tickets for Friday, which include an autograph session with all of the IndyCar Series drivers, are $15. Saturday's tickets are $30 (general admission) and $35 (reserved). Children 12 and under are admitted free in general admission sections with a ticketed adult both nights. For fans 18 and older wanting to see the cars up close, weekend garage passes are available for $35 per person. For tickets and information, please visit www.rir.com or call 1-866-455-7223.

-credit: rir

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