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.

IF YOU GO
What: Festival of Speed.
Where: Newport on the Levee.
When: Noon-10 p.m. Thursday.
Information: (888) 652-RACE, www.kentuckyspeedway.com, www.newportonthelevee.com
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.

E-mail pcrowley@enquirer.com




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