Buddy Rice, Sarah Fisher Announce Team for '07
Fastest women return to Kansas Lottery Indy 300
Buddy Rice returns to the Kansas Lottery Indy 300 this April with a new team, new number and new teammate Sarah Fisher.
Rice, a former Indianapolis 500 and Kansas Lottery 300 winner, was confirmed as the full-time driver of the No. 15 car for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing.
"Some people took things out of context by my running with another series, but I felt it was important to keep myself sharp and being able to drive," said Rice, who competed in the Champ Car Series at the end of the 2006 season. "To be honest, I'm excited to be back in the IndyCar Series on a full-time basis, and I'm looking forward to being back in competitive race cars and at the Indy 500."
With Rice as her teammate, Fisher will pilot the No. 5 car for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing on a part-time schedule, which will include Kansas Speedway on April 29.
"For sure I'll be doing all the oval races for Dreyer & Reinbold," said Fisher. "They have the equipment and the people to be able to put me back on the podium again and to be able to compete up front."
Fisher claimed her first pole in 2002 at Kentucky Speedway, becoming the first woman to qualify on the pole for a major open-wheel event. That feat went unmatched until Danica Patrick won the pole for the Kansas Lottery Indy 300 at Kansas Speedway in 2005. Both women are scheduled to return to Kansas Speedway in 2007.
"I haven't been to Kansas in two years and am really looking forward to the chance to go back," said Fisher.
The Kansas Lottery Indy 300 is synonymous with some of the closest finishes in racing. Rice finished 0.0051 of a second ahead of Vitor Meira at Kansas Speedway in 2004, the second-closest win in IndyCar Series history.
The IndyCar Series, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, NASCAR Busch Series and NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series are all part of Kansas Speedway's RPM Season Ticket Package. To purchase tickets for 2007, call 866.460.RACE or visit www.kansasspeedway.com. Parking is always free at Kansas Speedway and fans are allowed to bring coolers with their favorite food and beverage into the grandstands.