At last weekend’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Indycar team owner and long time racing fan, David Letterman turned Intern Todd from the Late Show loose in the paddock with a camera on his tail. Hilarity ensues.
Sarah Fisher is a very classy lady. I will explain the reasons I consider her so classy later but first a little history about her and one of the very few owner/driver teams in Indy Car racing.
Sarah was born Oct 4 1980 and was in her first race car at 5 in a 1/4 midget. She came from a racing family as her father was a sprint car driver and her mother raced karts. Sarah started racing karts at an early age and won many major championships. At age 15 she started racing dirt track sprint cars. For those that don’t know they are 410 cu. inch 850 Hp fire breathing methanol burning winged monsters. Weighing only about 1200 lbs and front engined they can actually smoke their tires on dirt.
She ran with the World of Outlaws, the toughest series going and with the All Star Circuit another tough touring group. In 1995 she was named Dirt Track Rookie of the year. Among her accomplishments was a 2nd with the All Stars at the famous Eldora Speedway and a lap record at Winchester. She ran sprinters through 99 but also ran with ARCA, NAMARS and USAC. In 99 she won 5 A Main Midget races. This background explains why she has, at least so far, rarely run road races in the Indy Car Series.