SARAH FISHER RACING OPENS SEASON WITH A CAREER BEST QUALIFYING EFFORT
KANSAS CITY, KS Apr 25, 2009 Sarah Fisher opened her 2009 IndyCar Series season with a qualification effort of 11th at Kansas Speedway, giving her team it's best qualifying effort in it's two-year existence. Fisher clocked a four-lap average speed of 208.543 miles per hour in her No 67 Dollar General Honda powered Dallara. Fisher had originally qualified 13th, before two entries were disqualified when they failed post-qualification technical inspections.
"To be back in the car was just like being back at home, very natural," said Fisher, who announced Direct Supply would return to her team in 2009 as an associate sponsor. "We definitely had a little more in us than what our time shows. We have been very focused on our race setup, as we want a better car for race day rather than just qualifications. We had a very solid run but the wind was definitely a factor for us coming out of Turn 3 and 4. For us, having Dollar General back is a huge opportunity to allow us to feel prepared, unlike last year when we didn't have the upfront resources. I feel the pressure of performing this year. I know I'm responsible for the team. We are paying attention to every little detail and I think that has shown with our presence at the track thus far. I'm very excited for race day, but to be honest, I'm always excited to get back in the car. For me, it feels amazing. It's like magic."
After Fisher wheeled her first lap of 73 around the track during practice, she radioed her crew to say, "I got this." It was a simple phrase that expressed exactly how Fisher felt to be back in the cockpit. She turned an impressive 9th quick practice time over the hour and a half session Saturday at Kansas Speedway, lapping the 1.5-mie tri-oval with a best speed of 210.748 mph.
"I was so excited to finally get back on track and I think the guys were just as enthusiastic," said Fisher. "We've all worked so hard during the offseason to be as prepared as possible. As a businesswoman, I'm growing and learning every day. It's everything from making sure the bus is ready to the car and all the uniforms. The one thing that really differentiates ourselves is that we have solid people who are really great at their job but are also people who really care."
SFR will return to the track Sunday morning for the final practice session at 10:00 am before taking the green flag for the Road Runner Turbo Indy 300.