JOLIET, Il — Aug 29, 2009 Sarah Fisher Racing's (SFR) Sarah Fisher finished in the 14th position under the stars at Chicagoland Speedway tonight, after beginning the race in the 19th spot. It was a chilly night at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., as Fisher raced her No. 67 Dollar General car across the finish line, with new sponsor SpongeTech.com.
Tonight's race marked a significant event for the driver/owner of SFR, as it was the last time she would drive her machine as the primary car. Fisher was recently surprised by one of her associate sponsors, Hartman Oil, with a new backup car this month. The new, lighter car will become the team's primary and will debut at Homestead-Miami Speedway at the IndyCar Series' season finale race in October.
The new car will not look exactly like Fisher's current one, as the new car will be sporting a fresh coat of pink for the race. SFR has partnered with Susan G. Komen for the Cure ® to turn all of her branding to pink for the Miami race to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research. This project features a number of initiatives to bring attention to breast cancer, including a contest by SFR for Fisher's fans to design her pink helmet to match the pink firesuit she will be wearing at the race.
Before she turns pink, however, Fisher was a flash of yellow in tonight's race at Chicagoland. Her car made a significant final showing as her primary car by climbing five places during tonight's race and putting another strong finish on the books for the growing team.
"It was a good race," said Fisher. "We didn't have to tools for a good qualification, so we had to start from the back, but we were able to take over a few positions. In practice yesterday, our major handicap was our engine. It leaked and we had to have it replaced right before the race."
Despite troubles, the team put another top 15 finish on their record as they prepare to 'Go Pink.'
SFR will close out their 2009 schedule under the lights at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Oct. 10.