Fisher joins Dreyer & Reinbold for Indianapolis 500. INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, May 8, 2002 -- Popular Indy Racing League veteran Sarah Fisher will join Robbie Buhl in a two-car effort by Dreyer & Reinbold Racing to qualify for the 86th...
Fisher joins Dreyer & Reinbold for Indianapolis 500.
INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, May 8, 2002 -- Popular Indy Racing League veteran Sarah Fisher will join Robbie Buhl in a two-car effort by Dreyer & Reinbold Racing to qualify for the 86th Indianapolis 500, team officials announced May 8.
Former short-track standout Fisher, an Ohio native who lives in Indianapolis, will drive the No. 23 Team Allegra Dreyer and Reinbold Racing G Force/Infiniti/Firestone.
"We're pleased and excited to welcome Sarah to the team for the Indianapolis 500," said team co-owner Dennis Reinbold. "We've developed a great chemistry as a team through our recent experience at Nazareth, and we're looking for even better things to happen during the month of May."
Fisher, 21, voted the Indy Racing League's Most Popular Driver in 2001, substituted for the injured Buhl on April 21 at the Firestone Indy 225 in Nazareth, Pa., and delivered a strong fourth-place finish. It was her first start of the season.
"I think in my eyes Dreyer & Reinbold offers two things that are really important to me," Fisher said. "First of all, they've got Robbie Buhl, who is a good teammate. Someone who will share everything with you, someone that will help you along. I'll admit I'm young. I have a lot to learn and being a one-car team is very difficult for that to happen.
"The second thing that Dreyer & Reinbold offers to me is the team that they have. Dennis was talking a little bit earlier about having a close-knit group. It's like family over there. They have a lot of fun, but they're serious about what they do. Everybody has to get along very well, which they do. They've worked really hard to create that team, and I'm extremely happy to be a part of that now."
Said Buhl: "Sarah brings exceptional talent to the race team," said driver/co-owner Buhl. "We hope to further her development as a driver and reap the benefits from the synergies of a two-car team. I know she's been anxious to hit the track this week, and we're confident in our team effort to get up to speed."
Aventis Pharmaceuticals, manufacturer of Allegra, is a primary co-sponsor, with Purex, of Buhl's No. 24 G Force/Infiniti/Firestone entry and has been affiliated with Buhl's racing career, including the Racing For Kids program for which he is national spokesperson, for more than 12 years.
Associate sponsors Purex, Raybestos and Indianapolis-based airline ATA also will support Fisher's team.
Fisher, the IRL's only active female driver, posted a career-best second-place finish in 2001 at Homestead-Miami Speedway and a third-place effort in 2000 at Kentucky Speedway.