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Wednesday, May 21, 2003
Preparing for the Indy 500
By Sarah Fisher
Special to ABC Sports Online
Sarah Fisher is getting ready to drive in the Indianapolis 500. Catch the action on ABC this Sunday (11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT).
While preparing for the race, Sarah took time to answer your questions.
|Fisher is ready for another run at Indy.|
What kind of track seems to best suit your skills and why would you pick it? What lessons learned from past Indys will you employ this year?
Craig, Pittsburgh, Pa.
The short tracks fit my skills the best because you have to do more then just ride the car out -- like the big ovals. And it is more fun to boot! Past 500s have taught me patience, but more importantly being there at the end. That in itself takes mental toughness that I have been training really hard for.
I have been watching you since the first day you raced in Indianapolis but this year I won't be there because of graduation.. With all the success in the IRL, could this be the year you get yourself in to victory lane at Indy? Good luck.
Matt, Watertown, South Dakota
This month has been tough -- and with such a great field of drivers who could win, it's almost anyone's game, but as long as we are there at the end ... it just might happen!
I watched you growing up on the dirt tracks of Ohio; will you ever come back and race in a sprint car again?
Walter, Clyde, Ohio
I would love to come back and race again, I just don't know if the timing is right at this point. We will see in the future.
I'm a 13-year-old go-kart speedway driver. I was wondering how you transitioned from a Sprint car to an Indy car? The reason being is because I wanted to transition from a go-kart into a mini-sprint.
Dan, Reeds Spring, Mo.
The transition from a go-kart to a sprint is the opposite of a transition from a sprint to an Indy Car. It will be difficult to transition from asphalt to dirt, but just be patient and take your time
If you weren't a race car driver, what would you want to do? I hope you keep up the great work as a driver though, because you are my favorite!
Brad, Cicero, Ind.
Thanks! I would probably be an engineer. Although when I was younger, I wanted to be a veterinarian.
You are a great inspiration to me. How does a person who works in the corporate world Mon-Fri make their way into racing? My goal is to race at high competition division in the USA. Is starting with the SCCA a good approach?
Chris, Jacksonville, Fla.
Chris, I don't know the best way to start. I guess it depends on whether you want to go open-wheel or stay in stock cars. Then find a feeder series and go for it!
How long do you plan to race?
Gary, Bluffton, Ind.
'Til I don't have the hand-eye coordination and my brain slows down my reaction time.
From a pure racing perspective, which track do you find the most fun to drive?
Bill, Cincinnati, Ohio
Definitely Richmond! I am from the short track world where you hustle a car and Richmond is the closest thing I have to getting back to my roots.
Is there any chance that you will get another drive of a F1 car, preferably in a race?
Phil, London, United Kingdom
The McLaren ride was purely a one-off. But, I can't predict who might call next. Currently, I am 110 percent focused on the IRL and am not making any calls to F1 teams for a ride.
For more from Sarah, go to www.sarahfisher.com.