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Saturday, May 25, 2002
Updated: May 29, 3:06 PM ET
Fisher: "I'm confident"

By Sarah Fisher
Special to ABC Sports Online

Well, it's the day before the Indianapolis 500, and I wanted to take a few minutes to share some of my thoughts going into this race. Dreyer and Reinbold Racing, along with Team Allegra, put a first-class team together for me and we are starting tomorrow's race in ninth position, on the outside of the third row. This is my best starting position in three years at Indy.

SARAH FISHER
Sarah Fisher
Car: No. 23
Team: Allegra/Dreyer and Reinbold
Hometown: Commercial Point, Ohio
IRL starts: 23
Best finish: 2nd (Homestead, 4/8/01)

My crew chief Dane Harte (who won the CAM Snap-On Top Wrench Award today during the public driver's meeting) has been instrumental in getting me to the point where I am very confident going into the race. Dane will be the main person talking to me tomorrow on the radio as well as heading up the team communications in the pits. I'm very comfortable and confident that we will have a good, reliable car in the race on Sunday.

Our goal for the "500" is to finish the race, and if we do that, we will have a good result. It's a long race, and I plan to run consistent race laps for the first 400 miles. After that, we'll put the pedal down towards the checkered flag.

Tonight, I plan on eating dinner fairly early, and it will most likely include some carbs, chicken and vegetables. I've also been drinking tons of water today which will help keep me well-hydrated tomorrow in the race car. I'll go to bed early tonight -- by around 10 p.m. -- and try to sleep in a little tomorrow morning.

Sarah Fisher
Sarah waves to the crowd after Thursday's final practice.
On race day, I try to stay quiet and focused. I'll meet with Dane and the team in the morning, make a very brief Allegra sponsor visit with Robbie, and then just try to rest and relax until driver introductions at 10:30 a.m.

I know a lot of fans come out to the track on race day and want autographs/photos, etc. and I promise that after the race is over, I'll sign for everyone who wants one, but I'll have my "race face" on before the command for "Lady, and Gentlemen, Start Your Engines," so if all of my wonderful fans would help me out by waiting until after I take the checkered flag on my most important day of the year, I'd really appreciate it.

If you can't be at the race on Sunday, make sure to watch it on ABC, and I hope to see you in victory circle.

Sarah Fisher is writing a diary throughout the season for ABC Sports Online. You can learn more about her at http://sarahfisher.com.