Kansas: Sarah Fisher Racing race report

SARAH FISHER RACING ADDS A CAREER BEST FINSH TO A CAREER BEST QUALIFYING EFFORT AT KANSAS SPEEDWAY Sarah Fisher places 13th at Kansas Speedway KANSAS CITY, KS Apr 26, 2009 Sarah Fisher Racing (SFR) reached...

SARAH FISHER RACING ADDS A CAREER BEST FINSH TO A CAREER BEST QUALIFYING EFFORT AT KANSAS SPEEDWAY
Sarah Fisher places 13th at Kansas Speedway

KANSAS CITY, KS Apr 26, 2009 Sarah Fisher Racing (SFR) reached another milestone in their sophomore season with the IndyCar Series, delivering a 13th place finish at Kansas Speedway, beating the team's previous best finish of 14th. SFR opened the weekend 9th quick during practice, qualified 11th and brought the weekend to a close with a career best finish.

"The Dollar General crew had awesome pit stops, which really showed how hard everyone had worked in the off season. It was flawless," said Fisher, who announced the team would be adding two more races to the season with additional funding from Dollar General Stores. "We've now got a baseline, heading to Indianapolis. To be able to shake off the dust and get the team rolling at Kansas is a great opportunity for us. We know we've got homework to do. We had questions and now we have answers."

The IndyCar Series drivers faced challenges of inclement weather due to heavy wind conditions, shortly after the wave of the green flag, at the Road Runner Turbo Indy 300.

"The wind threw everyone off, but some managed it better than others," added Fisher.

Fisher rolled from the grid in the 11th position only to fall as far back as 19th, due to heavy push at the exit of Turn 4 and issues with her gearbox on restarts. She recovered and finished the race battling Justin Wilson for the 13th position.

"This is a good place for us to start," continued Fisher. "We're in a much better place than we were when the truck rolled in to the track. Having seat time in Kansas has given me the confidence I'm going to need for Indy. It's a good thing. Instead of sitting here saying, 'where do we start?', we now have a benchmark race under our belt."

SFR's Chief Engineer, Tom Brown, was also encouraged by the race.

"We definitely learned a lot this weekend, that's for sure," said Brown. "This was a good shake down race for us. We only had 117 laps for practice before the race, but Sarah still managed to bring the car home in one piece, despite the weather. The guys had fantastic pit stops and everyone worked really well together. The team is better this time around, having already completed a race before we head to Indy. We know what we missed and we know where we need to be."

SFR will return to the track on opening day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Wednesday, May 6, 2009 at 2:00 pm EST, to prepare for the 93rd running of the Indianapolis 500.

-credit: sfr

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