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Q&A: Sarah Fisher & Graham Rahal

Graham Rahal's IndyCar Series career appeared to have stalled when he was unable to find a ride for 2010 - until Sarah Fisher recognised the opportunity he presented to her ambitious team.
Graham Rahal's IndyCar Series career appeared to have stalled when he was unable to find a ride for 2010 - until Sarah Fisher recognised the opportunity he presented to her ambitious team.

As a result, Rahal will replace the eponymous team owner in the #67 Dollar General car for the races at St Petersburg and Barber Motorsports Park.


Q:
Sarah, we'll start with you. It's always a tough decision for the driver to give up the seat to their car, especially one that you own. How did the decision come up to step aside and put Graham in the car?

Sarah Fisher:
I had two tests this winter, getting ready for the road courses and we're doing one‑offs this year. We don't have a complete full schedule, and the first test they didn't go that great.

So I went back to the hotel and just thought about it. And I reached out to Rick Dreiling over at Dollar General and said what do you think about this idea, and he was very supportive of it. And so we started discussing who was available - and Graham was. So it all just worked itself out from there.

Q:
Graham, it's been a pretty difficult off-season looking for a full‑time ride but you're ready to go next week in St Pete and driving for Sarah.

Graham Rahal:
Obviously, it's extremely exciting for me, and the call came from Andy O'Gara, Sarah's husband. When I got it, it was a complete shock. It wasn't looking good for us to make St Petersburg or Barber.

And so obviously being that there was one race, other than the 500, I don't want to miss every year is St Pete. So when the opportunity came from Sarah and obviously Dollar General for me, I just had to jump right at it.

Extremely excited and obviously very enthusiastic about everything that's gone on at or with SFR so far. And I think as we look to St. Pete and Barber, I think a lot of people are pretty optimistic. I feel like we should have a pretty good run at both places.

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Indy Racing League.  25-26 April 2009. Kansas Speedway, Kansas, Missouri USA Sarah Fisher.
Indy Racing League.  July 31-Aug. !, 2009. Kentucky Speedway. Sparta, Ky. USA. Graham Rahal.
The nose cone of Grahan Rahal`s car on pit lane. (Photo by: Eric Anderson for IndyCar Media.)
Graham Rahal on the frontstretch during practice at Pocono Raceway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Graham Rahal and Will Power spray the champagne on the podium for Race 1 of the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay and Graham Rahal during driver introductions for the Indianapolis 500 (Photo by: Jim Haines for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Briscoe, Graham Rahal and Alex Tagliani (Photo by: Jim Haines for IndyCar Media)
Sarah Fisher waves the green flag for practice (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media.)
Sarah Fisher waves the green flag for practice (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media.)
Graham Rahal in pit lane during the Grand Prix of Indianapolis Road Course Test during the open test on the new road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Wednesday, April 30 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Graham Rahal in car (Photo Credit: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
Graham Rahal (Photo Credit: John Hendrick for IndyCar Media)
Team owner Sarah Fisher celebrates her birthday during practice for the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston on Friday, October 4 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Graham Rahal, Mark Miles, and Doug Boles chat during the 2014 Grand Prix of Indianapolis Announcement. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Mayor Greg Ballard, Roger Penske, Graham Rahal, Mark Miles, and Doug Boles during the 2014 Grand Prix of Indianapolis Announcement. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media.)
Jack Hawksworth tests an IZOD IndyCar Series car at Sebring International Raceway with Rahal Letterman Lanigan on Tuesday, September 17 2013. (Photo Credit: John Hendrick for IndyCar Media)
Jack Hawksworth tests an IZOD IndyCar Series car at Sebring International Raceway with Rahal Letterman Lanigan on Tuesday, September 17 2013. (Photo Credit: John Hendrick for IndyCar Media)
Jack Hawksworth tests an IZOD IndyCar Series car at Sebring International Raceway with Rahal Letterman Lanigan on Tuesday, September 17 2013. (Photo Credit: John Hendrick for IndyCar Media)

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