QUALIFICATIONS SET FIELD FOR KENTUCKY INDY 300 Fisher to Start 21st, Rahal 25th at Kentucky Speedway SPARTA, KY (Sept. 3, 2010) - Sarah Fisher Racing (SFR) team owner/driver Sarah Fisher and teammate Graham Rahal took to the 1.5 mile ...
QUALIFICATIONS SET FIELD FOR KENTUCKY INDY 300
Fisher to Start 21st, Rahal 25th at Kentucky Speedway SPARTA, KY (Sept. 3, 2010) - Sarah Fisher Racing (SFR) team owner/driver Sarah Fisher and teammate Graham Rahal took to the 1.5 mile banked tri-oval in Sparta, KY today with multiple yellow flags dropped due to light rain falling throughout the first practice session. Tomorrow evening's race at Kentucky Speedway will mark the 200th event for the IZOD IndyCar ® Series.
The SFR duo, both from the Columbus, Ohio area, started the day with a practice session at 10:15am EST. The two drivers combined turned a total of 59 laps during the abbreviated session; Fisher completed 27 laps in her No. 67 Dollar General Honda powered Dallara, while Rahal clocked 32 laps in his SFR No. 66 Service Central sponsored car. Shortly following the practice session, qualifications set the field for Saturday evening's Kentucky Indy 300.
Fisher clocked a two-lap average speed of 214.813 miles per hour (mph) during the afternoon qualifying session, which placed her in the 21st starting position, on the inside of row 11, alongside KV Racing's E.J. Viso. 27 cars will roll off the starting grid under the lights tomorrow night.
"The car just didn't repeat itself out there. We've been having some gear box issues that are unexplainable at this point, so it will be a lot of computer work from here forward," said Fisher, who scored her first podium finish at Kentucky Speedway in 2000. "I'm hoping that we can come from the back tomorrow, just like we did at Chicagoland last weekend. I've got a teammate out there with me tomorrow night so I'm hoping we can work together to get our cars to the front. We always seem to have good race cars, just struggle a bit in qualifying. We'll get there."
Rahal, pilot of the SFR No. 66 Service Central sponsored car, will start from the 25th spot on the grid, on the inside of row 13, alongside Andretti Autosport's Tony Kanaan. "The set-up of this car is something that I'm familiar with, but it's just not translating at all," said Rahal, who competed in three events for SFR earlier this season. "Our car is just flat out slow; it doesn't build speed. It's frustrating because the guys worked really hard to put a set-up on the car that I knew. It's just not working for us. It's pretty frustrating to be flat and run like this, but we're not giving up. We'll just have to work our way through the field tomorrow night."
Vision/Panther Racing's Ed Carpenter captured his first career pole position today.
The day ended with a final forty-five minute practice session for all drivers. Fisher and Rahal made final adjustments to their SFR machines and practiced in race trim.