IRL: Sarah Fisher to attend season opener as a spectator

INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 26, 2002 -- Sarah Fisher will see the first race of the 2002 IRL season at Homestead-Miami Speedway from a different perspective than in the past - not behind the wheel of her racecar, but in the pits. Sarah finished in 2nd ...

INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 26, 2002 -- Sarah Fisher will see the first race of the 2002 IRL season at Homestead-Miami Speedway from a different perspective than in the past - not behind the wheel of her racecar, but in the pits.

Sarah finished in 2nd place at the inaugural IRL event race in Homestead just one year ago, her best finish in the series to-date, and has participated in every IRL event up to now, but lack of team sponsorship is keeping her out of the driver's seat this weekend.

"It will be bittersweet to be at Homestead and not be in the racecar," said Sarah. "But I believe it's important to show my interest in the IRL by being at the racetrack. I can still learn a lot at Homestead even though I won't be in the car by watching the other drivers and teams on the track, and who knows, maybe a potential sponsor may be at the speedway!"

Sarah was voted the IRL's most popular driver in 2001 and has been featured on many national television programs in her past two seasons in the series, including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, Regis and Kelly, Good Morning America, The Other Half, ABC Evening News, CBS This Morning and HBO's Real Sports. She has also been featured in many national magazines including People, Teen People, Glamour, Cosmo Girl, Seventeen, Sports Illustrated, ESPN Magazine, and hundreds of national and regional newspaper stories.

Sarah will be a participant in the IRL's autograph session on Mar. 1 at 5:15 p.m. The session will take place in the garage area at Homestead-Miami Speedway. She will also receive the Most Popular Driver trophy from the IRL Crew during pre-race ceremonies on Saturday.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Sarah Fisher , Jay Leno