FISHER FASTEST OF FEMALE QUALIFIERS AT INDIANAPOLIS; HOWARD BUMPED FROM FIELD OF 33 SPEEDWAY, IN (May 23, 2010)- Sarah Fisher Racing (SFR) team owner/driver, Sarah Fisher, made her way into the field of 33 starting positions for the...
FISHER FASTEST OF FEMALE QUALIFIERS AT INDIANAPOLIS; HOWARD BUMPED FROM FIELD OF 33
SPEEDWAY, IN (May 23, 2010)- Sarah Fisher Racing (SFR) team owner/driver, Sarah Fisher, made her way into the field of 33 starting positions for the Indianapolis 500 early this afternoon. Fisher clocked her fastest lap of the month during her qualifying session, with a speed of 224.735 mph in her No. 67 Dollar General machine. Fisher will roll from Row 10 in the 29th starting position on race day, in between Andretti Autosport's John Andretti and AJ Foyt Racing's Vitor Meira, after posting a four-lap average of 224.434 mph, the fastest of all female qualifiers, and the 17th fastest time in the field, in her first and only qualifying attempt of the weekend. The 29-year old Fisher will be one of four females starting in the 500-mile race next Sunday. Danica Patrick, Ana Beatriz, and Simona De Silvestro will be joining her on the starting grid.
Sarah Fisher: "I'm proud of our entire SFR team with the effort they have put in together, not only in preparation for this month, but down to the final hour. Being the fastest female in the field shows where the Dollar General team has come from since the start of the week. When the week started I wouldn't have thought that we would have the 17th quickest time of the qualified field. In regards to the Service Central program, it has and will continue to be a main priority for SFR in the days to come and as we continue throughout the season."
Jay Howard, teammate to Fisher and driver of the No. 66 Service Central SFR entry, ran his quickest lap of the month, with a speed of 225.956 mph, which put him as the fastest of all cars on track today, before his second attempt to qualify for his first Indianapolis 500. The 29-year old Howard completed a qualifying attempt at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in preparation for the 500-mile race this afternoon, with a four-lap average of 223.824, which in the hustle to get the car back in the field was a surprise to SFR with the consistent month long speed of the No. 66 car topping the team's effort throughout the month, but was later bumped from the starting field. In Howard's last attempt to defend his qualification time for the field, he posted a time of just over 223 mph, but was not quick enough to bump himself back into the 33rd starting position.
Jay Howard: "A lot of people have asked the question whose decision was it to go on the last run and was it a mistake; the answer is that we will never know, and I, as well as the team, believed that we could get the car in the show with no problem. Obviously, we were mistaken, but we couldn't sit by and let Tracy go out because he would have for sure been faster than us. I'm really disappointed especially for Service Central, but we all did our best. As long as we learn from our experiences we can move forward. I'm looking forward to being back in the Service Central car at Texas in just a couple of weeks."
SFR will return to the track for final race preparations on Carburetion Day, Friday, May 28, with a one hour practice session from 11am-12pm EST.