Fisher races to get back on track

June 3, 2008
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Sarah Fisher is speeding ahead with plans to do at least two more Indy Racing League races this season. Despite the defection of two main sponsors and a crash at last month’s Indianapolis 500, Fisher still thinks her team will be ready to hit the track in August.

“We’re working hard to get the car prepared,” said Sarah Fisher Racing spokesman Klint Briney. “The goal is still to do Kentucky and Chicago.”

SFR officials are working with some new sponsors that came aboard in May, that are considering expanding their relationship with the team through the end of the season and possibly into next season, Briney said.

“Some of our sponsors saw a huge return during May, and they are responding to that,” Briney said.

Fisher, long a fan favorite of open-wheel racing followers, got some additional press when presidential candidate Hillary Clinton stopped by the Speedway to show support for the driver.

Fisher last week got an unexpected boost from Andretti Green Racing. AGR officials donated an underwing to the team, a car part that costs about $18,000. AGR driver Tony Kanaan crashed at Indianapolis and took out Fisher on lap 106. Kanaan put part of the blame on AGR teammate Marco Andretti, who passed Kanaan on the inside, sending him into the wall. Kanaan then slid into Fisher’s path. But Fisher’s team wasn’t expecting the handout.

“They didn’t owe us anything,” Briney said of AGR. “It was a racing accident. This just speaks to the type of person Tony Kanaan is.”

Briney said the tub, or the main part of Fisher’s car, was unharmed in the crash.

“When we saw the crash, we all gasped. But it wasn’t as bad as it looked,” Briney said.

AGR didn’t stop at a mere parts donation. Kanaan also put a logo of one of Fisher’s biggest sponsors, Milwaukee-based Direct Supply, on his car during Sunday’s IRL race at the Milwaukee Mile. Due to financial constraints, Fisher was unable to race at Milwaukee.

“That was quite a gesture, and I can’t tell you how much it meant to our sponsor,” Briney said. “That kind of support is just going to help us get back in the race that much faster.”
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  • 2 Comments:

    1- so very pleased to hear that sarah will be able to race more this season! I've been a long time fan and have been impressed by her passion for racing--she deserves to be in full-time!

    2-kudos absolutely must go out to tony kanaan! when I watched the story unfold during the 500 i thought to myself, wouldn't it be cool if someone would give her a helping hand... and they did! I wasn't ever really a big kanaan or agr fan but i gotta tell you, the guy's growing on me everytime i see him!

    CONGRATS SARAH! I'LL BE WATCHING!
  • Tony Kanaan rocks! He deserves to win the next Indy 500 more than anyone else.
  • Mr. Kanaan and AGR will have some good Karma going on for that one:
  • Sarah should have a very big sponsor. Everyone that has benn following her has wanted her to suceed. I wish some large brand would step up and show her some respect. A half million fans would help any bottom line.
  • You're right Jay. I'm amazed that with Sarah's fan base a large sponser hasn't nabbed her. But since Sarah doesn't pose in leather like Danica or have really big........brains, like Milka.......they just don't seem to care. It's the typicall glass ceiling stuff. Unfortunately being the most respected woman racecar driver doesnt' pay the bills. I hope she keeps right on trying and over comes her set backs. When she does have success, it'll be sooo sweet!

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