Wednesday, August 13, 2003

Festival of Speed includes ballpark

By Patrick Crowley
The Cincinnati Enquirer

NEWPORT - Sarah Fisher will drive her Chevy from the Levee to the ballgame Thursday as part of a daylong promotion for Sunday's Belterra Casino Indy 300 at the Kentucky Speedway.

What: Festival of Speed.
Where: Newport on the Levee.
When: Noon-10 p.m. Thursday.
Information: (888) 652-RACE,,
Fisher, Scott Sharp, Robbie Buhl and other professional drivers slated to compete in Sunday's Indy Racing League event will appear at the Festival of Speed at Newport on the Levee.

After a 5 p.m. autograph session featuring the drivers - Fisher, who drives a car equipped with a Chevy engine - will take an Indy race car modified for street travel to Great American Ball Park, where she will deliver the game ball for the Reds-Arizona Diamondbacks game.

Interactive displays at the Levee will enable fans to see what it's like to drive an Indy car at 200 mph - and how hard is to change the tire on an Indy car in just a few seconds.

Other activities include:

• The Fan Experience, which includes a racing simulator, a pit stop challenge and an area for kids.

• Live music from Robin Lacy & DeZydeco and the Big Ham Blues Band.

• Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Johnny Rutherford will sign copies of his autobiography, Lone-star JR, at 7 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble bookstore.


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