BROOKLYN, Mich. -- The Indy Racing League lived up to its promise of an exciting show in its first appearance at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday and the organization has Sarah Fisher, in part at least, to thank for that. The...
BROOKLYN, Mich. -- The Indy Racing League lived up to its promise of an exciting show in its first appearance at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday and the organization has Sarah Fisher, in part at least, to thank for that.
The 21-year-old Fisher single-handedly yanked the crowd to its feet in the late stages of the race when she made a dramatic charge to the front of the pack. Fisher led twice for four laps.
Fisher was ninth on the 125th lap and eighth on the 150th. She went from seventh to fifth in a couple of laps and then got the attention of the crowd on lap 157 when she passed Gil de Ferran and Sam Hornish Jr. on the same lap to take third place.
After several laps of back and forth action, Fisher again found herself in second but behind de Ferran. Fisher dove inside to take the lead for two laps and later passed Giaffone to go in front for two more circuits.
The two battled wheel-to-wheel for several laps, thrilling the crowd.
It was the second time in her career that Fisher has led a race. She ended up finishing eighth.
"It makes it easy on the driver when the car is so good," Fisher said. "In sprint cars you use a move called a slide job and today we were the only car who could run it. It was a great move for this track. I had a lot of fun, really driving my butt off. I was able to race with the top guys in points for the first time in three years. We're definitely getting there."
Fisher's car was dominant for the last half, and several times on the track was running faster than race winner Tomas Scheckter and runner-up Buddy Rice.
Fisher nearly became the world's biggest motorsports story on Sunday. She finished eighth.
But that's the beauty of the IRL -- more great stories will follow.