Fisher drives wellafter hitching ride

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Date: Apr. 23, 2002
Publisher: Stephens Media Group
Document Type: Article
Length: 449 words

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Sarah Fisher exhibited perhaps the most impressive driving performance in any series last weekend.

Fisher, despite being without an Indy Racing League team when the season began and not competing in an Indy car for more than six months, finished fourth Sunday in the Firestone Indy 225 at Nazareth Speedway in Pennsylvania.

The 21-year-old driver was asked by the Dreyer & Reinbold Racing team about a week ago to fill in for its injured driver, Robbie Buhl.

"It's been such a fantastic week," Fisher said. "The team has been awesome, the car handled great, and my engineer, John Martin, knew exactly what we needed to do. Robbie (Buhl) has had such great success here, and his experience was such a tremendous advantage for me. The team has been unbelievable all week."

A week earlier she was a celebrity participant driving a Toyota Celica in an exhibition race that was part of CART's Long Beach Grand Prix activities.

Fisher, voted the most popular driver last year by fans at IRL races, was released from a contract with Derrick Walker two weeks ago. Walker, who owned teams in the IRL and CART series, was unable to secure a sponsorship for Fisher.

Buhl, a co-owner of the team, plans to return to driving next month in preparation for the Indianapolis 500. Fisher's future in the IRL remains undetermined. ...

The medical conditions of IRL drivers Jaques Lazier and Tomas Scheckter were upgraded to good Monday, and both are expected to be released today from a hospital in Allentown, Pa., where they were recovering from injuries sustained Sunday in an accident during the IRL race.

Lazier and Scheckter collided on lap 123 of the 225-lap race, sending both into the outside retaining wall. ...

Eliseo Salazar, injured during private Indy car testing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway a week ago, was released Monday from Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Salazar, 46, had emergency surgery Tuesday to repair a torn vertebral artery. He is not expected to compete again this year. ...

NASCAR -- The condition of Roush Racing team owner Jack Roush was upgraded to serious Sunday, and team officials said he continued to improve Monday. He remains on a ventilator, but a team official said "he is resting well, writing prolific notes to his visitors and continuing to respond well to commands."

Roush was critically injured when his one-passenger plane crashed into a pond outside of Troy, Ala., on Friday.

DRAG RACING -- Tickets went on sale Monday for the second annual NHRA ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals from Oct. 24 to 27 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway's dragstrip. Call 644-4444 for information.


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