At just 31 years old, Sarah Fisher has competed in nine Indianapolis 500′s, been voted “Most Popular Driver” four times in two separate Series (IndyCar and NASCAR), been awarded “Indy’s Best & Brightest Leaders Under 40″ and enters her fourth season as a team owner in 2011.
Fisher is the first woman to qualify fastest for a major North American open-wheel event, the fastest woman to ever qualify for the Indy 500 and is the youngest woman to compete at the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In May 2010, Fisher made her ninth start in the Indy 500, marking the most starts for a woman in the 93-year history of the race.
Sarah Fisher was born in Columbus, Ohio on October 4, 1980. She was exposed to life at the track at an early age. Her parents would take young Sarah to the track to watch her father drive sprint cars.
Sarah’s first racing experience came as a 5-year-old when her parents fitted her for her first race car, a quarter-midget. She raced quarter-midgets and go-karts until she was a teenager, winning the 1991, 93 & 94 World Karting Association Grand National Championships, the 1993 Circleville Points Championship and the 1994 WKA Grand National Championship.
By the time she was 15, Sarah was racing Winged Outlaw Sprint cars winning the 1995 Dirt Track Racing Round-Up Rookie of the Year. She had a very successful career racing Outlaw Sprint cars. In 1997, she was named to the 62-race All-Stars Circuit of Champions series, earning a second place finish at Eldora Speedway.
In 1998, Sarah and her father and then-crew chief Dave sought out new challenges in the world of asphalt midget racing. Sarah raced in ARCA, NAMARS and USAC sanctioned events, a competitive schedule that helped prepare her for life in the IRL.
Sarah’s achievement on the track is only eclipsed by her performance in the classroom. Education has always played an important role in her life. Her parents Dave and Reba both hold bachelor’s degrees from Ohio State University. Reba is a middle-school teacher and Dave puts his Mechanical Engineering degree to work in the family business, Fisher Fabrication.
Sarah graduated seventh in her class with honors and a 4.178 grade point average from Teays High School in 1999.
Sarah has been a guest or profiled on a variety of television programs including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Live with Regis and Kelly, Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, Good Morning America, and CBS This Morning.
She has also appeared in the pages of People, Teen People, Cosmo Girl, Seventeen, Glamour, Mademoiselle, Sports Illustrated and many other magazines. Sarah has also been the subject of features stories in USA Today, The Washington Post, New York Post, and other major U.S. newspapers.
In 2008, she formed her own race team: Sarah Fisher Racing (SFR), and made her first start as a team owner in the IndyCar Series’ Indy 500. In May 2010, Fisher made her ninth start in the Indy 500, marking the most starts for a woman in the 93-year history of the race.
When she is not racing, Sarah makes her home on the Southside of Indianapolis with her husband (Andy O’Gara), daughter (Zoey O’Gara) and chocolate lab, Wrigley. Sarah and Andy enjoy their off time hanging out by the pool and attending Kyle O’Gara’s (brother-in-law to Fisher) USAC races.