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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.
Juan Pablo Montoya, Will Power and Graham Rahal celebrates after the Angie`s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis on Saturday May 9 2015. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Graham Rahal on opening day at IMS (Photo by: Dana Garrett for IndyCar Media)
The podium of Josef Newgarden, Graham Rahal, and Scott Dixon celebrate with champagne following the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on Sunday April 26 2015. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Graham Rahal in action in the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on Sunday April 26 2015. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Graham Rahal celebrates in victory lane after finishing second in the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on Sunday April 26 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
The podium of Josef Newgarden, Graham Rahal, and Scott Dixon celebrate in Victory Circle following the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on Sunday April 26 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
The podium of Josef Newgarden, Graham Rahal, and Scott Dixon celebrate in Victory Circle following the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on Sunday April 26 2015. (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
The podium of Josef Newgarden, Graham Rahal,and Scott Dixon hoist their trophies following the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on Sunday April 26 2015. (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
The podium of Josef Newgarden, Graham Rahal,and Scott Dixon hoist their trophies following the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on Sunday April 26 2015. (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Graham Rahal sits in his Honda machine prior to practice for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Friday April 17 2015. (Photo by Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Graham Rahal turns into Turn 10 during practice for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Friday April 17 2015. (Photo by Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Graham Rahal waits on pit lane prior to practice for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Graham Rahal apexes Turn 1 during practice for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Graham Rahal through the chicane during practice for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Graham Rahal enters Turn 11 during practice for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Steak n Shake to sponsor Graham Rahal in 2015

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