RECORD WEEKEND FOR FISHER MARKING HER 80TH IZOD INDYCAR SERIES START Qualifications Set Field for Iowa Corn Indy 250; Fisher to Roll off 18th NEWTON, IA (June 19, 2010) - Sarah Fisher Racing (SFR) team owner/driver Sarah Fisher took to the 7/8...
RECORD WEEKEND FOR FISHER MARKING HER 80TH IZOD INDYCAR SERIES START
Qualifications Set Field for Iowa Corn Indy 250; Fisher to Roll off 18th
NEWTON, IA (June 19, 2010) - Sarah Fisher Racing (SFR) team owner/driver Sarah Fisher took to the 7/8 mile banked oval in Newton, IA today with precipitation holding out long enough for two practice sessions and a round of qualifications. Tomorrow's race at Iowa Speedway will mark Fisher's 80th career IZOD IndyCar® Series start.
Iowa is a familiar state to the 29-year old Fisher, who has raced sprint cars on many occasions at the Knoxville Nationals, just miles away from Iowa Speedway."It feels good to come back to a place so close to my roots," said Fisher, who carries a tremendous fan base coming back to a place like Iowa. "I grew up on short tracks, so for me it's pretty special coming to a place like this."
SFR started the day with a practice session at 10am CST. After battling some issues early in the day, the team returned to the track mid-afternoon for a second practice session. Fisher completed a total of 78 laps in her No. 67 Dollar General Honda powered Dallara, with her fastest speed coming in just above 177 miles per hour (mph). Shortly following the second practice session, qualifications set the field for Sunday's Iowa Corn Indy 250.
Fisher clocked a four-lap average speed of 178.185 mph during her late afternoon qualifying effort, which placed her in the 18th starting position, on the outside of row 9, alongside former SFR driver Graham Rahal, the same position in which she started at Iowa Speedway in 2007 resulting in a 7th place finish.
"We kind of used qualifying as a practice run because our first session ran pretty short for us today as we had some issues, but the guys worked hard all day and really recovered," said Fisher, who after Iowa will be rejoining the IZOD IndyCar Series at Chicagoland Speedway in August. "We did a lot; we had the kitchen sink on it out there. Our qualifying time is the fastest we've ran all day, but we've just been behind the 8 ball a little bit. I'm confident that we'll get there."
-source: sarah fisher racing