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IRL's physical demands require serious training
By Sarah Fisher
Special to ABC Sports Online

Editor's note: Sarah Fisher is preparing to drive in the Belterra Resort Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway. Catch the action this Sunday on ABC at 2 p.m. ET. As the race approaches, check out her latest mailbag...

Q: With the physical demands of driving an Indy car, what type of training regimen do you follow?
Casey Turner -- Sacramento, Calif.
Race-car drivers are athletes. We need physical strength so we don't have to think about endurance, only about the strategy of the next pass or pit stop. I do mostly low-impact cardio work with a focus on upper-body weight training. The way I approach it is like that of an ill-handling race car. You have to tolerate it to the end. For example, if I do three sets of 10 or a 50-minute cardio, I push myself for another set or another 15 minutes.

Q: What is the one thing in life that you can't live without?
John Illk -- Inver Grove Heights, Minn.
My parents. They are there supporting me every step of the way. I can't imagine life without them.

Q: I was wondering about your sponsor, Tag Heuer. Are they helping you this year? I saw you at Indy and I thought that your watch was sweet. I know that they have some stake in racing so I was just wondering about that. I hope to have one of their watches one day -- they're nice and so are you! Thanks.
Jonathan Raglin -- West Carrollton, Ohio
Yes, Tag Heuer is a personal sponsor of mine. They were gracious enough to put me in some of their advertising as well. A great sponsor for more than just the watches!

Q: You seem to be having quite a season of golden opportunities and ruined chances. With all of the bad luck that seems to be haunting you this season, how do you keep from getting totally discouraged with racing? (And whatever you do, please don't stop! I really enjoy watching you race!)
Deb -- Venice, Fla.
Thank you for the encouragement! It seems like plenty of bad luck has come my way, but you have to be positive. In professional racing, there are some elements that are out of your control and some that you do control. So you do the absolute best you can with what you've got and perfect what you control.

Q: What kind of car do you drive when you're not racing?
Jon Hutto -- Dallas
Trailblazer LXT. Definitely a nice piece.

Q: I saw a picture of you with bunny ears on A.J. Foyt. What are you picking on him for?
Stacey -- Alabama
I am not picking on him at all. A.J. and I are friends, and we both poke fun at each other. Helps keep our spirits up. I'm sure there will be a picture somewhere that shows him doing something goofy to me as well. He's doing a great job in his rookie year, and everyone from the racing family and those who are close to him are very proud of his accomplishments.

Q: I was just curious: Do you remember racing Sprint cars at the High Banks Track in Belleville, Kansas with the All-Stars?
Marty Boyer -- Belleville, Kansas
Sure do! How could I forget that big place ...

Q: What is your favorite color when you paint your toenails? Good luck on your season!
Jon Knox -- Laurel, Maryland
Dark purple worked for us in Kansas! (11th place starting 22nd) So I think I'm going to stick with that for awhile. ; )

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