Prior to the start of the Indycar season finale in Las Vegas, I had a moment to speak briefly with retired racer, new mom, and team owner Sarah Fisher.
How did it feel the past couple weeks being a first time winner as a car owner and a new mom?
It has been a lot of great emotions and we have been really happy and worked really hard over the last 4 years and for a win to come that early is exceptional. We really focused on the oval program this season and put all of our budget and R&D emphasis around that so it has been really rewarding to be a part of that. And, to be a mom it’s all emotional…it’s all hitting at once…I’d like it to spread out, but…haha.
I know for me as a fan growing up you were one of the people that attracted me to Indycar, but after your win last weekend with the announcement that Dollar General would not be returning, has the win helped you any for your 2012 program as of yet?
We knew going into this season that Dollar General may not be back anyways because they had a plan that they announced last Thursday of going cup racing. So, we had some thigns in the works that we are still working on now because we had expected that to be a possibility. I don’t think the win has made…is going to make or break it…it might be easier to have a more emotional connection because of that but it certainly won’t provide us a 6 million dollar sponsor.
How exciting is it to have Angies List and Tomas Sheckter running for you this weekend?
It’s very exciting because Angies List has been a partner with us since the very beginning in 2008. So, it was nice to be able to put together a program with them to have a primary entrant and to be able to choose a driver with them and Tomas. I raced with Tomas in the beginning of my career and I know he is real aggressive and can get the job done on ovals. The race I led at Michigan is the first race he won. So, I know he is capable and I look forward to watching him on track today.
One last question, being a new mom, any chance that in the future you may want to hop back in a car?
Haha, I don’t know, everybody asks that question and I don’t really have a good answer because I don’t know myself…we will just have to see!