A fan favourite for years, Sarah Fisher continues to find herself restricted to a handful of IndyCar Series outings in 2009.
However, that only serves to make her more determined to put up a good show at Kansas Speedway this weekend.
Sarah, you've got a very unique role as a driver and a team owner. Let's kind of focus first on the driver side of things. Tell us a little bit about how excited you are to get back in the car this weekend at Kansas.
I'm very excited. You know, it's like you stare at a car all winter long and come in here every day and just make things happen, and there's so much more to running a business than I ever knew existed. So looking forward to this weekend, and knowing that I'll be in that race car. That's probably my most relaxing time as an athlete. I just really enjoy that. I really enjoy working with Tom Brown, our engineer, and of course my husband, Andy (O'Gara), who runs our team. It's just the most rewarding time, and I can't wait.
Without really the chance to do any really off-season testing, how have you as a team and really as a driver been getting ready for the race?
SC: That's kind of tough. We haven't done any rolling tire testing, if you want to call it that, but we have been doing a lot of R & D in other areas. The part that suffers really is just that on-track relationship between myself and my engineer and that on-track experience that's just so valuable.
But in other areas, areas that we can afford I guess you'd call it, we try to make the best of what we have, and we try to do a good job making sure that those areas that we can make better are the best we can provide.
You've raced at Kansas four times previously but not last year, 2007 being the most recent year there. What are some of the keys to doing well there?
I think you've got to have a car that goes everywhere. I studied quite a bit the 2008 race, and (Scott) Dixon just could go anywhere he wanted. That car could go. Granted, he was able to do that all year long, but just having a good basic strategy and trying to be up front all day but making sure that that car can go anywhere on that racetrack.
Kansas is the first oval on the schedule this year and the only oval before the Indianapolis 500. Even though the tracks aren't at all similar, why is it so important really to run at Kansas as a way maybe to lay the groundwork for the month of May?
Well, I think last year during the month of May, even though we didn't have the funding up front that we needed to really put on track a thorough car, everything that we did was as prepped as we possibly could with what we have. But when you're able to run a race before the Indy 500, you're able to get all the pit stop qualms and the on-track, day-of mental challenges that you deal with, you're able to sort that out ahead of time and sort of get into a rhythm before you reach that big race.
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