Indy 500: Sarah Fisher Racing race report

FISHER COLLECTED IN CRASH; FINISHES 30TH IN 7TH INDY 500 INDIANAPOLIS, IN -- Sarah Fisher ran as high as third early in the Indianapolis 500 mile race but from the beginning, things didn't seem meant to be for the owner/driver in the No. 67 ...

FISHER COLLECTED IN CRASH; FINISHES 30TH IN 7TH INDY 500

INDIANAPOLIS, IN -- Sarah Fisher ran as high as third early in the Indianapolis 500 mile race but from the beginning, things didn't seem meant to be for the owner/driver in the No. 67 text4cars.com Honda powered Dallara. Her problems began early with her car stalling on the grid just as the field rolled to start the race. Then, her car spun out as she was warming her tires under yellow on Lap 12 giving her a flat tire and giving her a toe to pit lane leaving her two laps down at rear of the field in the 32nd position. Her day wouldn't end any better after being collected in Tony Kanaan's spin ending her day in the 30th position.

"Tony [Kanaan] was racing hard for the lead and got high and spun right in front of me," said Fisher, who began her race from the 22nd position in the inside of Row 8. "It was just a terrible day for the text4cars.com team. The guys worked so hard this month, putting together such a good car that was great on track. We messed up at the start, messed up the parade lap and messed up in the pits, it just wasn't our day. I feel so bad for the team and our sponsors. The text4cars.com guys all came out to see the race but I think we got them a lot of press."

Fisher rolled with a bump from the text4cars.com crew as her car stalled before taking the green flag to start the 92nd running of the Indianapolis 500. Lap 7 brought out a yellow for debris with the field pitting minus a handful of drivers including Fisher propelling her to the Top three, her highest position of the race. While still under yellow, her car spun on Lap 12 and she was towed to pit lane for new tires. The incident would put her two laps down from the leaders.

She continued to wheel the No. 67 machine around the famed brickyard at the rear of the field before a Lap 36 incident involving Graham Rahal brought out another yellow, sending the field to pit lane. While pitting, the crew refueled and attempted to change all four tires when the inside rear tire gun failed stalling the pit stop before Fisher could roll back to the track. On Lap 67, the car again stalled but this time in her pit box continuing a frustrating day for the newly formed Sarah Fisher Racing.

Jamie Camara brought the Lap 79 yellow with his visit with the wall. The field pitted minus Fisher, Ryan Briscoe, Enrique Bernoldi and Mario Morase, all at least a lap down, who all received the wave around giving them each a lap back; this would leave Fisher just one lap down from the leaders. Fisher continued wheel around the track in the 27th position before being collected in Kanaan's spin on Lap 105 ending a month of trials and tribulations and a day that wasn't quite right.

"I don't know if we are going to go to Kentucky now; I think that's the saddest part about all of this," continued Fisher. "This definitely sets us back a bit but we'll get over it. We got here in the first place with a lot to overcome and we persevered though that. We can get through anything now; we have an outstanding group of guys. The fan support this entire month has been tremendous; they were really an associate sponsor as they sent us over 30 grand. I love this sport, I love racing, I come from a racing family and I married into a racing family. Thanks again for all the support especially from the text4cars.com guys."

-credit: sfr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Enrique Bernoldi , Sarah Fisher , Tony Kanaan , Graham Rahal , Ryan Briscoe , Jamie Camara