Texas: Sarah Fisher Racing qualifying report

FISHER POSTS 2ND TOP 15 QUALIFYING EFFORT OF 2009 SEASON SFR Will Start 14th in Saturday's Race at Texas Motor Speedway FORT WORTH, TX Jun 05, 2009 While making their first attempt to qualify for the Bombardier Learjet 550 at Texas Motor...

FISHER POSTS 2ND TOP 15 QUALIFYING EFFORT OF 2009 SEASON
SFR Will Start 14th in Saturday's Race at Texas Motor Speedway

FORT WORTH, TX Jun 05, 2009 While making their first attempt to qualify for the Bombardier Learjet 550 at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS), Sarah Fisher Racing (SFR) turned in a lap quick enough to start from Row 7 in the 14th position for the first twilight race of the 2009 IndyCar Series season.

"I think this was good for the Dollar General crew," said Sarah Fisher, whose best qualifying effort at TMS is 10th, in 2002. "We don't have a whole lot of tricks for qualifying. As budgeted as we are, our race day setup has to be the priority."

Fisher opened the practice session Friday afternoon 9th quick, putting in a speed of 213.231 miles per hour (mph). She turned just 14 laps, compared to Thursday's 48. Her best practice speed was also 14th quick for the weekend, setting a trend for this year's trip to TMS. SFR's practice session was cut short, due to gearing issues that hampered the opportunity for additional track time.

"The scheduling here is tough," says Fisher. "There isn't a lot of green in-traffic time so I think the race will be completely different than what we saw in practice."

The driver of the No. 67 Dollar General machine wheeled four consistent laps during evening qualifications with times of, 212.634, 212.602, 212.529 and 212.452 mph, producing an average qualifying speed of 212.554 mph.

"I think we have a pretty good chance at the race tomorrow," added Fisher, whose best finish from 10 starts at TMS is 10th, in 2007. Having missed out last year here at Texas, it's really good to be back at Eddie [Gossage's] track. At Texas, car performance really shows and we've all worked hard to make this a competitive car. This is the time that we could do on our own and we're happy with that."

-credit: sfr

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Series IndyCar
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