ELECTRICAL FAILURE LEAVES FISHER WITH THE 17TH POSITION AT TEXAS Fisher's Race Almost Ended with Her First Pit Stop of the Night FORT WORTH, TX Jun 06, 2009 As Sarah Fisher Racing (SFR) hit pit lane for their first pit stop of the Bombardier ...
ELECTRICAL FAILURE LEAVES FISHER WITH THE 17TH POSITION AT TEXAS
Fisher's Race Almost Ended with Her First Pit Stop of the Night
FORT WORTH, TX Jun 06, 2009 As Sarah Fisher Racing (SFR) hit pit lane for their first pit stop of the Bombardier Learjet 550 on Lap 54, Sarah Fisher struggled to downshift her No. 67 Dollar General Honda powered Dallara as she turned into her pit stall. In the confusion, Fisher's car wasn't on its marks, which inhibited the fuel line from reaching the car. The race got away from Fisher, as she had to return to Pit Lane for fuel, immediately after leaving her pit.
"We had a major electrical failure," said Fisher, who started from the 14th position under the stars at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS). "The car would not get to neutral so our first pit stop was thrown to the wind. The rest of the night was really difficult as we had to leave the car in 2nd gear and rely on the clutch during pit stops."
But the race wasn't over yet for Fisher. Her remaining four pit stops were flawless, giving her the opportunity to stay in the fight. Fisher, then, gained two positions and, through pit strategy and perseverance, she finished the race in the 17th position, despite her bad luck.
In Fisher's 10th trip to TMS, she spent the first 50 laps battling with the race's 9th place finisher, Vision Racing's Ed Carpenter.
"The Dollar General Car is a great car," added Fisher. "Had we not had the electrical failure, we could have really done something with it tonight."
Fisher's 2009 IndyCar Series season continues August 1 at Kentucky Speedway.