Woking, United Kingdom, Thursday 19th September 2002: American female racing driver and TAG Heuer Ambassador Sarah Fisher will do a demonstration run in the West McLaren Mercedes Formula One car at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Grand Prix...
Woking, United Kingdom, Thursday 19th September 2002: American female racing driver and TAG Heuer Ambassador Sarah Fisher will do a demonstration run in the West McLaren Mercedes Formula One car at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Grand Prix circuit on Friday 27th September. Sarah will become the first woman to drive a Formula One car since Italian Giovanna Amati back in 1992.
21-year-old Sarah competes in the US race series Indy Racing League (IRL) for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing and is currently in her third season. Earlier this year she was on pole position for the Kentucky race and has a second and third place race finish to her credit.
Sarah visited the West McLaren Mercedes team headquarters for a seat fitting yesterday to ensure that she will be comfortable and safe in the car, and had an opportunity to meet team members and management who will be assisting her on the day.
The demonstration run will take place in the build up to the SAP United States Grand Prix, which is the penultimate round of the 2002 FIA Formula One World Championship. Sarah will be driving the spare West McLaren Mercedes MP4-17 Formula One car, which the team brings to every race as an additional car for either of their regular drivers David Coulthard and Kimi Raikkonen.
"I'm obviously very excited about driving a Formula One car in front of my home crowd," said Sarah who lives in Indianapolis. "Its extremely rare to get a chance like this and I can't wait. I'm grateful to TAG Heuer, Bernie Ecclestone and West McLaren Mercedes for making this happen, and hopefully it will help to promote Formula One in the USA and will also bring international attention to my series, the Indy Racing League as well."
Sarah recently became an Ambassador for McLaren's Official Supplier TAG Heuer and will assist them in launching the new chronograph, the F1 Micrograph in America.
"Sarah Fisher is TAG Heuer's American driver and ambassador in the prestigious IRL where she is enjoying a remarkable career and we are proud and honoured that Bernie Ecclestone and West McLaren Mercedes shared our enthusiasm for the initiative. She shares with TAG Heuer luxury sports watches the same obsession for excellence and perfection and we are glad she can drive a West McLaren Mercedes Formula One car run by a team we have been partnering for more than 15 years," said Jean-Christophe Babin, President & CEO of TAG Heuer.
"We are pleased to provide Sarah with this one-off opportunity," added Martin Whitmarsh, Managing Director, McLaren International. "Through our 39 year history we have never had a female drive one of our Formula One cars so I guess it's about time. Hopefully Sarah's demonstration will assist in promoting Formula One in America further and give her a taste of the category."
"Sarah has done a great job in the IRL and by achieving pole position at the Kentucky Oval in August," said Norbert Haug, Vice President, Mercedes-Benz Motorsport." We are pleased to support this initiative to further increase awareness of Formula One in America."