QUALIFICATIONS SET FIELD FOR PEAK ANTIFREEZE AND MOTOR OIL INDY 300 AT CHICAGOLAND SPEEDWAY Fisher to Start 25th in Saturday Evening's Race; Howard 29th JOLIET, IL (August 27, 2010) - Sarah Fisher Racing (SFR) team owner/driver Sarah Fisher and...
QUALIFICATIONS SET FIELD FOR PEAK ANTIFREEZE AND MOTOR OIL INDY 300 AT
Fisher to Start 25th in Saturday Evening's Race; Howard 29th
JOLIET, IL (August 27, 2010) - Sarah Fisher Racing (SFR) team owner/driver Sarah Fisher and SFR teammate Jay Howard took to the 1.5 mile tri-oval in Joliet, IL today with the sun beaming down on the race circuit. Tomorrow evening's race at Chicagoland Speedway will mark only the second night race of the 2010 IZOD IndyCar® Series season.
The SFR duo started the day with a practice session at 9:15am CST. The two drivers combined turned a total of 67 laps during the session; Fisher completed 27 laps in her No. 67 Dollar General Honda powered Dallara, while Howard turned 40 laps in his SFR No. 66 Service Central sponsored car. Shortly following the practice session, qualifications set the field for Saturday evening's Peak Antifreeze and Motor Oil Indy 300.
Fisher clocked a two-lap average speed of 213.095 miles per hour during the afternoon qualifying session, which was good enough for the 25th starting position, on the inside of row 13, alongside Dale Coyne Racing's Milka Duno.
"Qualifying was tough today," said Fisher. "We weren't as fast as we would have liked to have been, but I am very happy with the car and you don't hear me say that very often! I'm confident that the guys will help me find some speed before tomorrow, and I'm really looking forward to tomorrow night. It's good to be back on track in the Dollar General car and to be working with my guys again. I think we have a great race car and I'm excited to get out there."
Howard, pilot of the SFR No. 66 Service Central sponsored car, turned a two-lap average speed of 212.097 miles per hour, which placed him in the 29th starting position, in row 15, behind de Ferran Dragon Racing's Davey Hamilton.
"The car felt good today, there were no real issues, we're just looking for speed," said Howard. "Despite our qualifying run, we can only move forward tomorrow night."
The day ended with a final half-hour practice session for all drivers. Fisher and Howard made final adjustments to their SFR machines and practiced in race trim.