DAYTON, OH (September 2, 1999) - Teenage racing phenom Sarah Fisher has become the youngest driver to successfully complete a rookie test in an Indy Racing League (IRL) car. Fisher, an 18 year old native of Commercial Point, Ohio, completed the...
DAYTON, OH (September 2, 1999) - Teenage racing phenom Sarah Fisher has become the youngest driver to successfully complete a rookie test in an Indy Racing League (IRL) car. Fisher, an 18 year old native of Commercial Point, Ohio, completed the test at Las Vegas Motor Speedway under the watchful eyes of IRL's Johnny Rutherford and Brian Barnhart. The test, which was arranged by Mack McClellan, was completed using a Dallara owned by Team Pelfrey. There is an active search for sponsorship to allow Fisher to do additional testing and to compete in the Lone Star 500k scheduled at Texas Motor Speedway on October 17. If Fisher competes at Texas, she will become the youngest driver, and only the second female, to race in the IRL. "Sarah did a tremendous job," said McClellan. "She was very smooth and comfortable in the car." "She passed all four phases of the test with no problems and the feedback from the IRL was very positive," added McClellan. Despite having problems with a borrowed helmet and seat, Fisher turned laps at nearly 205 miles per hour.
"The car was fun to drive and I felt comfortable," said Fisher. "I was able to run full throttle, even with a borrowed helmet that was too big." "I'd like to thank Team Pelfrey, Robby Unser, Gilbert Lage and Mack McClellan for giving me a great car to test," added Fisher. Despite limiting her schedule to pavement midgets this season, Fisher has collected five feature wins in her Mead Carbonless Papers sponsored car. In July, she became the first woman to win a feature event at the famed Winchester Speedway. Fisher, a three time WKA Grand National Karting Champion, began racing quarter midgets at the age of five. Additional information on Sarah Fisher's driving career may be found at www.sarahfisher.com.
Mack McClellan, an International Motorsports Hall of Fame inductee, was recently the Team Manager for Cahill Racing, leading them to two consecutive starts in the Indianapolis 500.
Indianapolis based Team Pelfrey is owned by Dayton, Ohio area businessmen Dale Pelfrey and Gary Gregg. The team currently fields a car for Robby Unser, the 1998 Sprint PCS IRL Rookie of the Year. Unser is currently 6th in the Pep Boys Indy Racing League points standings.