FISHER TAKES ON THE LONE STAR STATE Fisher prepares for her 3rd race of the 2009 season at Texas Motor Speedway INDIANAPOLIS Jun 02, 2009 Sarah Fisher Racing (SFR) will make their first start at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) this weekend for ...
FISHER TAKES ON THE LONE STAR STATE
Fisher prepares for her 3rd race of the 2009 season at Texas Motor Speedway
INDIANAPOLIS Jun 02, 2009 Sarah Fisher Racing (SFR) will make their first start at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) this weekend for the Bombardier Learjet 550, while team owner, Sarah Fisher, will be making her 10th start at TMS on Saturday evening. The race takes place at the quad-oval (TMS) track in Denton County, Texas.
Fisher returns to her roots at the 1.5-mile racetrack, where she began her IndyCar Series career in 1999. Her best qualifying effort at TMS is 9th, in 2002. Five years later, Fisher completed her best finish of 10th place at the speedway. Coming back to the track as, not only a veteran of the sport, but as a team owner has special significance to the driver.
"I'm really excited about returning to Texas this year," said Fisher, who received the Scott Brayton Driver's Trophy for the 2009 Indianapolis 500. "I never dreamed, when I made my first IndyCar Series start at TMS 10 years ago, that I would return one day as a team owner. I'm looking to put a good finish on the books at TMS and I'm confident that I'll be going there in one of the better race cars I've ever been in."
Texas was not part of Fisher's original line-up for the team's 2009 season. Fisher's primary sponsor, Dollar General, added the additional race to Fisher's abbreviated 2009 IndyCar Series schedule, as well as a race in Miami, after seeing the value of adding them to SFR's program. Fisher's current line-up includes six Superspeedway events.
"Dollar General helping us get to Texas has really been a testament to how much this small team has grown in just our second year of existence," said Fisher. "We doubled the number of races we competed in last year. For a small company like ours to see one hundred percent growth in this kind of economy is truly humbling, and we have an amazing family of partners backing us up all the way."
Fisher will compete in Texas after her record-breaking month of May in Indianapolis. Fisher made history last month when she qualified for her eighth Indianapolis 500, marking the most number of starts for a woman in the 93-year history of the famed race. She also was the only owner/driver in the 33-car field and completed a best finish of 17th at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway after qualifying 21st.
TMS has its own pioneer in the sport of racing. This can be found in track president, Eddie Gossage. Gossage's management style is one that is mimicked by many other motorsport tracks. He was the first to introduce Personal Seat Licenses and season tickets. His stance on allowing fans to bring their own coolers to the track, even when Texas law restricted the track from selling alcohol as a result, has made him a favorite among fans. Gossage also won IndyCar Series Promoter of the Year during his presidency at TMS.
"Eddie is so good for this sport," Fisher said. "He's constantly promoting our series and we all really appreciate what TMS has done for racing."
Fisher's 2009 IndyCar Series season continues June 6 at Texas Motor Speedway. The race will be telecast live in High Definition (HD) at 9 p.m. (EDT) on VERSUS. The race will air live on the IMS Radio Network, XM channel 145 and Sirius channel 211. The radio broadcast also will be carried on www.indycar.com, with broadcast coverage summaries available at www.indycar.com and www.sarahfisher.com.