IRL: Fisher supports Girl Scouts

Fisher to support Girl Scouts' tech campaign in 2003 INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, May 21, 2003 -- Sarah Fisher will support the Girl Scouts' new "Girls Go Tech" campaign throughout the 2003 IRL IndyCar Series season, starting at the 87th...

Fisher to support Girl Scouts' tech campaign in 2003

INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, May 21, 2003 -- Sarah Fisher will support the Girl Scouts' new "Girls Go Tech" campaign throughout the 2003 IRL IndyCar Series season, starting at the 87th Indianapolis 500 on May 25, Fisher and Girl Scouts officials announced May 21 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Fisher's car wing and driver suit will sport the Girl Scout servicemark at Indy, with the Girl Scout servicemark remaining on her driver suit and car for the entire 2003 Indy Racing League season to support the Girl Scouts' new "Girls Go Tech" campaign, which encourages girls to explore and excel in science, math, engineering and technology.

"I've always loved all aspects of racing, especially driving and engineering, so it's great to support a campaign that encourages girls to find out what engineering is really all about," Fisher said. "With 'Girls Go Tech,' Girl Scouts of the USA helps millions of girls develop and follow through on their interests in engineering, math, science and technology."

Studies by the Girl Scout Research Institute show that girls tend to make career choices based on their role models rather than their academic interests.

"Having a cool role model like Sarah Fisher may help girls see that they can persevere in non-traditional fields like engineering," said Jackie Barnes, interim CEO for Girl Scouts of the USA. "Partnering with Sarah for the immensely popular Indy 500 race, and the rest of the Indy Racing League season, is a powerful way for Girl Scouts to encourage girls to succeed in any career that interests them."

Said Dennis Reinbold, co-owner of Dreyer & Reinbold Racing: "Sarah's aptitudes for math and science provide her with a positive incentive to reach out to young girls and encourage them to become involved. Hopefully girls can look to Sarah's success as an example of achieving her dreams with hard work and determination. As a team, we're proud to be affiliated with a national icon such as Girl Scouts and to carry their message wherever we race."

GMAC, Chevrolet, AOL Broadband and Raybestos are the official sponsors of the Dreyer and Reinbold-owned Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone that Fisher will race in the 87th Indianapolis 500 this Sunday. The race starts at noon (EDT) and will be televised live on ABC.

Girl Scouts of the USA has been helping girls break career barriers since encouraging girls to consider becoming professional aviators back in 1913. Today's Girl Scouts can earn more than 90 awards that focus on science, math, engineering and technology.

The "Girls Go Tech" campaign, launched this year with award-winning public service announcements from the Ad Council, aims to make adults, educational leaders, corporations, organizations, legislators and the media aware that they can help foster girls' interest in math, science, and technology -- ultimately increasing opportunities for women and bolstering the economic future of the nation.

Fisher, 22, is one of the leading drivers in the Indy Racing League. In 2002, she became not the fastest woman ever to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 and also became the first woman to qualify on the pole for a major league open-wheel race in North American motorsports' history, at Kentucky Speedway. She was the youngest driver in Indy Racing League history when she made her debut at 19 in 1999, and she was only the third woman ever to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 in 2000.

When not racing, Fisher is studying for a college degree in engineering. She also has conducted Firestone Car Care clinics for Girl Scouts working on their "Car Care" badge, which is one of the more popular badges for girls ages 8-11.

Girl Scouts of the USA has more than 3.8 million members. Now in its 91st year, it cultivates values, social conscience, in girls and teaches them critical life skills to succeed.

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Series IndyCar
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