The inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis is just days away, but before the Verizon IndyCar Series field takes off around Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s new road course, Sarah Fisher talks about the first three races of the 2014 season, and what she is most looking forward to in May.
Q: You’ve had two weekends that had some ups and downs, but when it’s all said and done you are sitting 10th in championship points and you have two top-10 finishes early in the season. What are your thoughts about your team’s progression going into the month of May?
A: I’m certainly proud of all the hard work our guys have put forth to put us in that position. It’s not all one individual, it is truly a team effort. And, they’ve all been getting along great with a lot of energy going into the month. The Grand Prix is a new venue for us, so we are hoping to continue through next weekend with consistency and a strong showing. Being a one car team is going to be a disadvantage to us at any new venue, but I know Josef and our entire group are working as hard as they can to offset that with the tools we do have. I can look each and every one of them in the eye and know to their core that they are all giving it 110%, and that is going to put us in a great position for May. The mamma hormones are for sure kicking in now, which makes me even more emotionally proud of my racing family here at SFHR.
Q: Josef’s consistency in qualifying is showing as he captured his first back-to-back Firestone Fast 6 qualifying run at Barber. Can you talk about why qualifying is so important and why it makes such a big difference during a race weekend, even when a race doesn’t go your way.
A: Qualifying is important just from the mere simplicity of track position and pit positions. It puts you in the game to look at winning the event, not just having a strong finish. Seeing Josef do so well in all the different directions this year, even beyond qualifying, we know how hard he’s working at it and it’s really a privilege to be a part of in the big picture. Wink Hartman has given this kid a third year to perfect his abilities and put us up front as a team, and we are very thankful for that opportunity.
Q: Klipsch Audio is on the car for the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis. How excited are you to not only have Klipsch on board, but to be a part of the first IndyCar race on IMS’ road course?
A: Klipsch is an iconic brand that is right here in Indianapolis, so it’s a perfect match for the event. I truly think they are engaged and as excited as ever to be in our sport and taking that involvement past the car signage and partnership, you’ll see their presence at the airport coming in for the race. Together, I am looking forward to being a part of that historic inaugural lineup.
Q: Are you happy to be back home racing just a few minutes from your shop? Traveling must be exhausting with a newborn on the way! Talk about what you are most looking forward to in May and what will be the most challenging.
A: This year’s month is already that much longer, with the test last week and the Grand Prix at the frontline. Which, I’m actually looking forward to being a resident of Indianapolis. This community drives off of the 500, and to have a couple extra days to enjoy that for our fans is extra special this month. The one day I haven’t ever really enjoyed much is the day after the month is over and you’re loading out to the next event. You always ask yourself, is it here already? Followed by, is it over already? Indianapolis means so much to me, that the extra two weeks we are here racing are a bonus. I think it will help us get into the rhythm that much sooner and hopefully we don’t overthink our day-to-day operations to make it smooth month. Oh and being 8 months pregnant… Yep, the main difference will be that it will take me a few extra minutes to make it to pit lane. Maybe AJ and I will share a golf cart at some point.