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.
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?
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.
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.
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.