FISHER CONTINUES PINK TEST IN MIAMI TO OPEN NATIONAL BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH Fisher Wraps Two-Day Test at Homestead-Miami Speedway Thursday HOMESTEAD, FL Oct 01, 2009 It's only fitting that Sarah Fisher of Sarah Fisher Racing (SFR) would...
FISHER CONTINUES PINK TEST IN MIAMI TO OPEN NATIONAL BREAST CANCER AWARENESS
Fisher Wraps Two-Day Test at Homestead-Miami Speedway Thursday
HOMESTEAD, FL Oct 01, 2009 It's only fitting that Sarah Fisher of Sarah Fisher Racing (SFR) would be in her new 'pink' Dollar General-sponsored racecar to open October's National Breast Cancer Awareness month today in preparation the Oct. 10 race at Homestead-Miami Speedway (HMS). Fisher wrapped a two-day private test Thursday after battling rain for much of the test.
"Rain can really put a hamper on your test plan and strategy," said Fisher, who put 42 laps on the books during her test session today. "Lucky for me, I have great people in place who can be flexile at the drop of a hat and make the best of the time we have available to us. All the guys put in 110 percent effort over the past two days and I'm really proud of everyone. We really took advantage of every opportunity to make the changes that would otherwise not been possible on a race weekend, given the limited amount of practice time. We would be very far behind had we not been able to test here in Miami."
While Fisher had the company of six other IndyCar Series drivers at Wednesday's test, Thursday's included just one other driver, KV Racing's Mario Moraes. With the track being less busy, SFR was able to work on qualifying trim to make a run for the Oct. 9 Peak Performance Pole Award.
"The car itself is very fast, smooth and nimble," added Fisher. "We are at a point of fine-tuning and have the upmost confidence we can achieve all that a week from Friday. The times we put in should be significant in comparison to where we've been qualifying this year."
Fisher stated that much of the testing time was determining the tendencies of the new car and finalizing car fit.
"We made gains constantly and to have a work list where you only throw out one to two items means you've thought a lot about what you want to try and invested the time in the significance of each item," said Fisher.
While Fisher will attempt to match her career-best IndyCar Series finish of second, a finish she achieved at HMS back in 2001, she says they still have a little work to do before the race weekend to put her pink Susan G. Komen for the Cure® pink car on the podium.
"At the end of every test, you have ideas for the next time you roll off the truck," said Fisher. "We are fortunate that the ideas we have left fit within the time frame of practice sessions allowed for the race weekend."
Fisher returns to Miami next week for her Thur., Oct 8, fundraising party at LIV Nightclub, located in the newly renovated Fontainebleau Resort on Miami's South Beach. Fisher will co-host an event for Komen for the Cure with Danny Wood of the recently reunited New Kids On the Block. Tickets are available online for $30 at www.wantickets.com/EventDetail.aspx? e_id=75500 and for $35 at the door. For table reservations, please call 305.674.4680. All proceeds from ticket sales to the event will benefit Komen for the Cure to fund breast cancer research and community outreach programs. The event opens at 10:00 p.m. EDT with the pink carpet.
At the Oct. 10 HMS race, Fisher will debut a new No. 67 Dollar General car, a surprise gift from one of the team's associate sponsors, Hartman Oil.