SFR ON TRACK DEEP IN THE HEAT OF TEXAS Qualifications Set Field for Firestone 550K at Texas Motor Speedway; Fisher to Start 16th, Howard 21st FORT WORTH, TX (June 4, 2010) - Sarah Fisher Racing (SFR) team owner/driver Sarah Fisher and teammate...
SFR ON TRACK DEEP IN THE HEAT OF TEXAS
Qualifications Set Field for Firestone 550K at Texas Motor Speedway; Fisher to Start 16th, Howard 21st
FORT WORTH, TX (June 4, 2010) - Sarah Fisher Racing (SFR) team owner/driver Sarah Fisher and teammate Jay Howard took to the 1.5 mile banked quad-oval in Denton County, TX today with temperatures reaching nearly 100 degrees. Tomorrow evening's race at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) will mark the first night race of the 2010 IZOD IndyCar ® Series season.
The SFR duo started the day with a practice session at 12:45pm CST. The two drivers combined turned a total of 80 laps during the session; Fisher completed 45 laps in her No. 67 Dollar General Honda powered Dallara, while Howard clocked 35 laps in his SFR No. 66 Service Central sponsored car. Shortly following the practice session, qualifications set the field for Saturday evening's Firestone 550K.
Fisher clocked a four-lap average speed of 213.256 miles per hour during the late afternoon qualifying session, which placed her in the 16th starting position, on the outside of row 8, alongside Panther Racing's Dan Wheldon. The starting field for tomorrow night's race is very close, separated by mere one hundredths of a second.
'We ran what we expected for qualifying this afternoon, so I'm glad the repeatability is there," said Fisher. "The car is good in traffic, which is really going to help during the race. We have a little bit of work to do during tonight's practice session, but overall the Dollar General boys did a really good job today. The qualifying times today were very close, which shows how competitive this race will be tomorrow night, but I'm confident that with the work we have been doing on our race set-up, the No. 67 Dollar General machine will be great moving through the field as it was last Sunday."
Howard, pilot of the SFR No. 66 Service Central sponsored car, turned a four-lap average speed of 212.448 miles per hour, which placed him in the 21st starting position, on the inside of row 11, alongside Fazzt Racing's Alex Tagliani.
"After Indy, I am treating Texas as a new start for the No. 66 car," said Howard. "We have learned a lot over the past couple of months as a team and we will use tomorrow as our opportunity to show that. We still have more to learn, but I feel overall we are making good progress. Service Central is well represented here in Texas, with over 100 stores and we look forward to a great show tomorrow night!"
The day ended with a final half-hour practice session for all drivers. Fisher and Howard made final adjustments to their SFR machines and practiced in race trim.