Fisher Fastest At IRNLS Kentucky Test

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SPARTA, Ky. -- Sarah Fisher ended Sunday's final day of open testing at the Kentucky Speedway where she started Saturday -- at the top of the speed chart.

In the first session of practice Saturday, Fisher ran the fastest lap of the two-day test, but she also finished every session for the rest of the test on top of the speed chart.

On Sunday, Fisher drove the No. 15 Walker Racing Dallara-Oldsmobile to a day's best of 217.832 mph. Her Saturday lap of 218.517 was the best of the 1,560 laps run by the Indy Racing Northern Light Series drivers on the new, 1.5-mile Kentucky Speedway.

"It was a pretty good day for us," Fisher said. "It's neat to see that we were quickest again today. It gives the team a little boost in morale, so it's good to see that we we're on top."

The No. 4 Panther Dallara-Oldsmobile car again was second to Fisher, but on Sunday it was driven by Alex Barron. Panther Racing auditioned Sam Hornish Jr. and Barron this weekend for the seat that Scott Goodyear will vacate after the season-ending Mall.com 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Barron produced a lap of 216.164 in the Sunday-morning session, and Hornish ran the second-fastest lap of the weekend at 216.881 on Saturday.

Eddie Cheever Jr. put 155 laps on his No. 51 with a fast lap of 216.113 for the third-best speed on Sunday. Cheever's team traveled Saturday from Atlanta Motor Speedway, where it conducted a private test in preparation for the Midas 500 Classic on July 15.

The open test was the first aggressive run on Kentucky Speedway by Indy Racing Northern Light Series cars. Eight drivers ran a total of 1,560 laps during the two-day test. The teams and drivers shared the facility with the ARCA Bondo/Mar-Hyde stock car series.

"This is a first-class facility," said Brian Barnhart, director of racing operations for the IRNLS. "After all the laps we ran the past two days, we have no issues or concerns. The track is very wide and will produce two- and three-car-wide racing.

"Firestone has a good handle on its tire compound here. Many teams put 70 to 80 laps on a set of tires. In fact, Sarah ran a 216 on tires with 65 laps under them."

Many IRNLS teams are expected to test privately at Kentucky Speedway in preparation for The Belterra Resort Indy 300 on Aug. 27 after their return from Atlanta in two weeks.

The series’ next event is the Midas 500 Classic at Atlanta Motor Speedway, a night race on July 15.

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