RIGHT-REAR SUSPENSION FAILER HAMPERS FINISH AT KENTUCKY SPEEDWAY
SPARTA, KY (August 9, 2008) - Sarah Fisher entered Turn 1 in the 11th position on the final lap side-by-side with Danica Patrick when a right-rear suspension broke on her No. 67 Dollar General Stores Honda Dallara, sending her coasting to the finish line and dropping four positions to finish 15th in her return to the IndyCar Series Saturday under the lights at Kentucky Speedway. After the race, ESPN's Jack Arute proclaimed, "You're back."
"All in all, we were 11th there on the last lap and had a right rear bearing failure," said Fisher who started 16th. It started vibrating and slowing down. I was just hoping that it would make it to the end, but it didn't. At least we kept it out of the fence and brought the Dollar General car home. It was a good showing for Sarah Fisher Racing. We had a really good race and a really good racecar tonight. It's definitely something to take to Chicago to run with these boys."
Fisher adorned with new sponsorship from Dollar General, returned to the track for just the second time this season rolling from the 16th position. Early in the race, Fisher worked with a heavy push in the car, falling back several positions. On Lap 83, she made her second pit stop of the race for fuel and tires after touching tires with Patrick on Lap 80. She would fall to the 20th position. By Lap 105, she had regained her positions back, now wheeling around in the 15th position. By Lap 110, she was 14th moving by Bruno Junqueira. She would spend the next handful of laps working with Ryan Hunter Ray to move up through the field.
She returned to pit lane on Lap 135 for fuel, tires and no adjustments, in the 13th position, saying the car was, "very good." By Lap 150, she had moved into the 12th position getting by Orio Servia. On Lap 161, she moved to 11th and on Lap 184, she was made her first appearance in the Top 10, which would be her highest position of the race. She would fall back on Lap 188, when she would pit for a splash of fuel to make it to the checkered flag. On Lap 191, she would move to 12th place and on Lap 193, regain her 11th place position that she would keep until the final lap, limping home to a 15th place finish.
TOM BROWN, Chief Engineer, SFR:
"It was an unfortunate situation on the last lap, but I think she passed the most cars overall tonight, and I believe she even passed the leader. A little bit more time in the car and a bit more testing and she is going to challenge."
JOHN O'GARA, Race Strategist, SFR:
"I wish we could have finished 11th where we were running, but unfortunately we had a right outer wheel bearing failure. Sarah, Tom Brown, and the entire team did a good job tonight."