UNFORTUNATE FINISH FOR A COMPETITIVE FISHER IN THE 94TH RUNNING OF THE INDY 500
After Moving up 14 Spots in the Field, Fisher's Day Ended Making Slight Contact with the Turn-4 Wall
SPEEDWAY, IN (May 30, 2010)- Sarah Fisher Racing (SFR) team owner/driver, Sarah Fisher, returned to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway today to mark her ninth start on the famed 2.5-mile oval; the most starts of any female in the history of the race. She started the race in the 29th spot, with the fastest speed of any female in the field, advancing as far as 15th position during the race. Fisher had a competitive racecar and was working her way through the field in her No. 67 Dollar General Honda powered Dallara when she was pushed up into the marbles in turn-4 after a restart on lap 124. Fisher made slight contact with the turn-4 wall, and was forced to retire from the 500-mile race as the result of a bent right-rear suspension piece; she also lost all communication with her crew after the racing incident.
Overall, the day was headed in the right direction for the growing team. Fisher avoided many crashes on track early in the race, was extremely consistent on restarts, and the SFR crew performed five flawless pit stops. The Dollar General car was on its way to the front with the 29-year old IndyCar veteran at the wheel.
"We just got shoved up high out there in turn-4 with nowhere to go and hit the wall, which bent the right-rear suspension; there's really not a lot of room to pass here and it's extremely difficult to find space," said Fisher. "We were having really good restarts, the boys were flawless which is key here, and the Dollar General car was on the ball gear-wise, but there's just no room. It's disappointing, but it's racing. I'm ready to put this month in the past and move on to Texas next weekend."
Fisher finished in the 26th position, 3 spots ahead of her starting position. The 94th running of the Indianapolis 500 will go down in the record books as the hottest race in the history of the event, with air temperatures reaching 95 degrees and track temperatures exceeding 130 degrees.
Fisher, along with teammate Jay Howard, will continue her 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series season June 5 at Texas Motor Speedway.