Fisher Includes Kentucky Speedway on Partial IndyCar Series Schedule
IndyCar Series veteran Sarah Fisher unveiled her new race shop today and announced plans to drive the No. 67 ResQ Pure Power Energy Drink machine she owns in the 92nd Indianapolis 500 May 25, the Aug. 9 "Meijer Indy 300 Presented by Pepsi and Edy's" at Kentucky Speedway and the Sept. 7 series event at Chicagoland Speedway.
Fisher, who became the first IndyCar Series female pole award winner at Kentucky Speedway Aug. 10., 2002, also outlined her long-term plan to compete in all the 2009 series races contested on oval tracks.
Her family-oriented team will take to the track with her father-in-law, John O'Gara, and husband, Andy, serving as her engineering brain trust.
"I love IndyCars so much so that I started my own team to compete in the Indianapolis 500," said Fisher, who took a third-place finish at Kentucky Speedway on Aug. 27, 2000. "This is a start. It gives us a year to build. We are as prepared as we ever have been; we know where we're going to start Indy this year. If there would be an opportunity at Indy to run a second car that makes sense to us financially, we'll do so. We're not afraid to branch out. We weren't afraid to start here, so we're not afraid to go forward."
O'Gara, who spent the past eight seasons as crew chief at Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, sees similarities between the two start-up programs. He'd like to see a similar result out of the box. Robbie Buhl charged from 22nd to win the 2000 IndyCar Series opener at Walt Disney World Speedway for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, which was entering its second year.
"We have to give her the car and she'll do a good job for us," said O'Gara, who bears the day-to-day responsibilities of running the program.
The team hinted additional events could be added to its schedule if sponsorship is secured. "I am very excited to welcome ResQ to Sarah Fisher Racing to help them leverage the excitement of the IndyCar Series and Indianapolis 500," said Fisher, who has made 67 IndyCar Series starts. "ResQ is big-picture orientated. It understands the value of the IndyCar Series and we are happy to provide a platform for its marketing efforts."
Other sponsors supporting Sarah Fisher Racing this season include AAA Hoosier Auto Insurance, Swiss watch brand TAG Heuer, Apex Conference and Karting Center, Arai Helmets, Godby Heating & Cooling, Gravity Entertainment, Hubler Automotive Group, Indiana Oxygen, Katalyst Coatings, Lincoln Electric, Lyon Work Space, Mechanix Wear, Permatex, RJE Knoll Business Interiors, Royal Spa, Simpson Race Products and the Tennant Company.
Tickets for the "Meijer Indy 300 Presented by Pepsi and Edy's" are on sale now and available through the tickets pages of this Web site, by phone at 888-652-RACE (7223), through Meijer stores and the Kentucky Speedway ticket offices at 400 Buttermilk Pike, Suite 100, in Ft. Mitchell, Ky., near Montgomery Inn or the Sparta, Ky., Fan Center located off of Interstate 71 Exit 57 and Ky. Hwy. 35 N.
Story by Mike Schmaltz
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