Sarah Fisher to Drive Bryant Heating and Cooling Entry in 88th Indianapolis 500 INDIANAPOLIS, In. (April 27, 2004)--- Kelley Racing announced today that Bryant Heating and Cooling Systems will be the primary sponsor of the No. 39 entry for Sarah...
Sarah Fisher to Drive Bryant Heating and Cooling Entry in 88th Indianapolis 500
INDIANAPOLIS, In. (April 27, 2004)--- Kelley Racing announced today that Bryant Heating and Cooling Systems will be the primary sponsor of the No. 39 entry for Sarah Fisher at the 88th running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 30. Bryant has returned with Kelley Racing for their sixth year of sponsorship with the team and their 39th year of sponsorship in the Indianapolis 500. Bryant is the longest running non-automotive sponsor in the Indianapolis 500 field.
Bryant Heating and Cooling Systems began their involvement in the Indianapolis 500 in 1958, sponsoring driver Eddie Johnson's entry. Johnson finished ninth and Bryant's legacy at the 500 was born. "Over the years, drivers such as Eddie Sachs, Rodger Ward, Scott Brayton, and Arie Luyendyk have proudly carried Bryant's colors at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway," said John Gibbons, Bryant brand manager. "This year, the Bryant tradition continues with Kelley Racing and driver Sarah Fisher."
Tom Kelley, co-owner of Kelley Racing, is pleased with the addition of a second car for Kelley Racing's Indianapolis 500 effort. "Bryant has been an excellent partner to Kelley Racing over the past six seasons and we're thrilled that they have stepped up to provide sponsorship for Sarah at Indianapolis, " said Kelley. "A second car can provide valuable engineering information and it is certainly helpful at the Speedway where there is such a vast amount of data for the team to process. Sarah has been competitive in her five seasons of open-wheel racing and our hope is that with the support of Bryant Heating and Cooling Systems she will have a very successful run at Indy in 2004"
Fisher, who will be piloting a Dallara/Toyota/Firestone entry for May, posted the fastest one and four-lap qualifying speeds by a woman in Indianapolis 500 history in 2002. "In 2004, I am more prepared than ever for the Indianapolis 500," said Fisher. "I am as fit as I have ever been and I am feeling great about the month ahead. Kelley Racing is just like Kelley Automotive in Fort Wayne--professional and first-class." Fisher has a best qualifying effort of ninth at the Speedway (2002) and a best finish of 24th (2002) and will be making her fifth attempt at Indianapolis in 2004.
Paul Harcus, team manager of Kelley Racing will be overseeing the No. 39 Bryant/CAN entry as well as the No. 8 Delphi entry for Scott Sharp. Mark Weida has been selected to engineer the No. 39 Bryant/CAN entry at the Speedway and will be joined by Jim Reid as chief mechanic. Additional crew members on the No. 39 Bryant/CAN entry are Brad Brewer, Brian Hornick, Jason Lucas, Tony Mizialko and Luke Wethington.
Joining Bryant as associate partners on the No. 39 entry are Cure Autism Now, Checkers/Rally's, Motortrend Magazine, Ft. Wayne Airport, RayBestos, and Tag Heuer.
Opening day of practice for the 88th running of the Indianapolis 500 will be on Sunday, May 9. Qualifications will be held on May 15th and 16th with "Bump Day" on May 23rd. The green flag for the Indianapolis 500 will be at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 30th