Racer, Sarah Fisher "Speeds" into Red's Opening Day Parade
Indy Racing Northern Lights Series rookie Sarah Fisher, a Columbus, OH native and the only woman competing in open-wheel racing, will ride on the Kentucky Speedway float in the traditional Findlay Market/Cincinnati Reds Opening Day Parade, Monday, April 3rd.
The 19-year-old driver is one of the hottest talents in motorsports. On March 19, 2000, Sarah finished 13th at the MCI WorldCom Indy 200 at the Phoenix International Raceway. It was her debut race for Walker Racing and only her second career race on the IRL circuit. The IRL cars can reach speeds of 200 plus MPH and will do so at Kentucky Speedway™ where IRL Champ, Greg Ray turned a 208 MPH lap earlier in the year.
Fisher can't wait to be part of Monday's festivities. "Baseball is an all-American sport, like racing in the Indy Racing Northern Lights series, and fans of both sports are very passionate about their favorite teams and drivers. Being from the Columbus, OH area, the Reds are big in our city, so I'm very excited to be part of the opening day festivities. I'm also looking forward to running the brand-new Kentucky Speedway™ track later this year during the Indy Racing League open test June 1st & 2nd and 'The Belterra Resort Indy 300' August 27th."
The Kentucky Speedway™ float features a theme of "Green Flags, No Orange Barrels". Both the Kentucky Speedway™ and the IRL racecars will be a part of the float. "It's all about power," said Lisa Wilson, Director of Sales. "The Reds are going to have a powerful line-up this season, and we are bringing the exhilaration of horsepower to the tri-state area with the opening of the Kentucky Speedway™ in June."
The $152 million dollar Kentucky Speedway™, under development and co-owned by Jerry Carroll, remains on schedule for a June 16 & 17, 2000 grand opening featuring NASCAR® All-Pro™ and NASCAR® Craftsman® Truck Series™ events. The new facility will have a paved, 1.5 mile, tri-oval track with 14º banking in the turns, and lighting for nighttime events. Phase I will have 65,989 grandstand seats, 50 luxury suites, and a 210 seat, private, glass-enclosed Kentucky Club®. Phase II, which will include a dirt track and drag-strip racing facilities, can expand the 1.5 mile venue to 120,000 seats with 120 luxury suites on the 1,000 acre location 35 miles south of Cincinnati, OH in Northern Kentucky.