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What's Happenin' with Sarah?!

Sarah Fisher - the IRL's most popular driver

Indycar fans have enjoyed watching Sarah Fisher compete for a few years now. This year though, she will be racing in Nascar.

[Short Bio] Her parents met when her mom beat her dad in a kart race. Fisher began in quarter-midgets at five. Before she was through, she’d won three World Karting Association championships. In high school, she was in 410-cubic-inch sprinters, beating Mark Kinser and Sammy Swindell. At 18, racing Ryan Newman, Jason Leffler, and Kasey Kahne in USAC midgets, she won five of 23 main events. She was drafted into Indy cars at 19 where she raced for several years.

Sarah Fisher is currently (2005) racing in the Nascar Grand National Division, West Series. Fisher is part of Bill McAnally Racing/Richard Childress Racing Driver Development Program and their joint commitment for the Drive for Diversity. Together BMR and RCR are preparing Fisher for the step up to one of NASCAR’s national series such as the NASCAR Busch Series and the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series. Fisher will also compete in two Busch series races in '05 as well.

Nascar Grand National Division West Series 2005 SCHEDULE
Date Name Track City Size
Jan 30 United Rentals 100 Phoenix Raceway Phoenix AZ 1 mile
Apr 09 Mesa Marin Raceway Bakersfield CA 1/2 mile
Apr 21 Phoenix Raceway Arizona 1 mile
Apr 30 Stockton 99 Speedway Stockton CA 1/4 mile
Jul 23 West Series 150 Irwindale Speedway Irwindale CA 1/2 mile
Jul 30 Evergreen Speedway Monroe WA .646 mile
Aug 13 Stockton 99 Speedway Stockton CA 1/4 mile
Aug 21 Pikes Peak Raceway Colorado Springs, CO 1 mile
Sep 02 West Series 200 California Speedway Fontana, CA 2 mile
Sep 17 NAPA 200 Douglas County Speedway Roseburg, OR 1/2 mile
Oct 16 Mesa Marin Raceway Bakersfield CA 1/2 mile

~ Sarah Fisher News ~

  • (12/11) - Sarah Fisher proved to be just as popular in NASCAR as she was in Indycar. At the special awards ceremony for the NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series at The Orleans Hotel in Las Vegas, Sarah was awarded "Most Popular Driver" award!
  • (10/29) - Sarah has become engaged to Andy O'Gara, a lead mechanic in the IRL.
  • (10/15) - Fisher started 17th but worked her way up to finish in 7th place in the last race of the season. Fisher had 4 top ten finishes in her first year of NASCAR, finishing in 12th place in the point. Out of 12 races, Fisher finished 9 races. There was one accident and two car break-downs.
  • (10/4) - Sarah turned 25 today.
  • (10/1)- Sarah started in 3rd at Thunder Hill and finished in 6th place.
  • (9/17) - Fisher started in 10th place at Douglas County Speedway and held on to finish 12th.
  • (9/2) - Sarah had a good start at California Speedway, but engine trouble knocked her out of the race. She started in 6th and finished 22nd.
  • (8/21) - Fisher finished 9th in the 150-miler at Pikes Peak International Racesway. She last raced there in the IRL. "This was really a learning experience," said Fisher. "I feel like I am understanding how the car handles better and better. The car got tighter and tighter as the race progressed. I had to keep adjusting the line that I drove to get the most out of the car."
  • (8/13) - Fisher started and finished 17th in the 50 mile feature at Stockton Speedway. She had trouble with the car's rearend and dropped out of the race a little over half way through.
  • (7/30) - Sarah started 3rd at Evergreen Speedway and finished 11th. Sarah made NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series history at Evergreen Speedway when she led laps 111 thru 117 during the Coors Light 200.

    All weekend, lap times kept improving. There were a few rule changes for the series including how the cars would line up for the restarts, the “lucky dog”, and also the introduction of a new generation Goodyear tire. In addition, Fisher raced on a track she had never seen before.

    During the second caution at lap 70 Fisher came in for right side tires. At the restart, Fisher was running in 12th. Fisher began passing cars one by one until at lap 106, she passed #2 Mike David was running in 6th. The caution came out at lap 108. Some of the field pitted and at lap 111, Fisher took the lead. Green flag racing resumed at lap 115 with Fisher maintaining her lead thru lap 117.

    At lap 183 while under caution, the team decided to make some adjustments and take on tires because of a tight condition. She reentered the race as the last car on the lead lap and finished the 200-lap race in 11th. “I really wanted to do well here,” said Fisher. “I was unsure about the restarts with the new rules. There was a lot to learn this weekend."

    The Coors Light 200 Presented by NAPA AUTO PARTS can be seen on SPEED Channel in an enhanced presentation on August 26th at 2:30 pm EST.

  • Sarah

  • (7/23) - Sarah started 21st at Irwindale Speedway, but worked her way up to finish in 8th on the lead lap. She moved up to 12th in the points.

    The extreme temperatures during qualifying and the brief rain didn’t dampen the #20 NASCAR Select by NAPA Filters team efforts. With every lap during practice, Fisher’s lap times kept getting better and better. Track conditions kept changing and the team qualified the car in 21st. At the 75-lap break, Fisher was just outside of the top ten on the score board. With 25 laps to go of the 150-lap race, Fisher was on the move and in 9th. During the last ten laps, Fisher was able to pilot the #20 NASCAR Select by NAPA Filters Chevrolet to 8th and took the checkered flag. This was the teams first top ten finish of the season.

    “I’m on cloud nine,” said Fisher. “This was a great effort by the BMR team. We didn’t let our starting position hold us back from our goal of a top-ten finish. I had some help from a driver who’s won at Irwindale in the West Series more than anyone else, Austin Cameron. He helped me find my rhythm around the track.”

    “The #20 NASCAR Select by NAPA Filters Chevrolet was tight the first 75 laps,” continued Fisher. “We came in at the break and the team went to work making changes. Our crew chief, Mario Isola said he changed everything but the color of the car. Whatever they did really worked because we were able to keep on the move toward the front. The BMR team did a great job and I am looking forward to our next race at Evergreen Speedway.”

  • (5/29) - While Danica Patrick was in the middle of a media frenzy in Indy, Sarah was in Charlotte watching Nascar. When asked about Patrick, Sarah said she was proud of her and thought she would be the first woman to win an Indycar race.
  • (4/30) - At the first race at Stockton CA, Sarah started and finished the race from 12th spot. She is 15th in the points.

    Did you know Michel Jourdain, Jr was also running in this series? Kevin Harvick and Ken Shrader have ran some races too.

  • (4/21) - At Phoenix International Raceway, Sarah and the #20 NAPA Filters team recorded their season best qualifying effort and started the race in 13th. The team quickly moved up two positions when at lap 20, Fisher and the #08 of Scott Lynch made contact, sending Sarah's car hard into the turn two wall. The team was not able to repair the car and so finished the race in 28th place, dropping three spots in the point standings to 16th.
  • (4/10) - It’s been a few years since Sarah Fisher has been on a short track and it wasn’t in a stock car. Yesterday, on the 1/2 mile track at Mesa Marin Speedway, Sarah started 22nd in the Lucas Oil 150 and finished in 16th position in her Domino's/NAPA Belts & Hoses Chevrolet. The race was for 75 Miles, the purse: $103,101
  • (01/30) - Sarah started 23rd in the Levi Strauss/Domino's Pizza Chevrolet and finished in 20th at the Phoenix 1-Mile Superspeedway. The race was for 100 miles, the purse: $139,400

  • Sarah Fisher's Official Website

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