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The Indianapolis 500 has long been called the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing" and unfortunately, I don't think I realized that until May 8, 2007.
|Sarah Fisher is hoping her first trip to race in Milwaukee is a productive one.|
I drove my Acura TL through the tunnel into the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and walked to pit lane carrying my helmet; I didn't want anyone else to carry it because it was a moment of pride for me. A flood of memories went through my head from the first time I stepped foot inside the Speedway when I was just 19 years old. Knowing that I had the opportunity to once again be a part of this historic place was truly magical.
At times throughout the month, I have felt May has been really long, but then I look back to last year when I was working for a marking company and I snap out of it. It's not often you get a second chance at your dream job.
We began the month working on a stable and consistent racecar for the 91st Indianapolis 500. After all, we wanted a car that could last for 200 laps in the race rather than the four laps it takes to qualify. Through the month we constantly improved our car and also developed better communication within the team.
We tried to stay focused on the fact that we had a really great racecar and our race package was good. We started the race in the 21st position but I didn't plan on staying back there we were ready for a charge to the front in the No. 5 AAMCO/Honda/Dallara.
The yellow was quick to fly on about Lap 8 for debris. I complained that I had too much push in exit and in traffic. We decided to pit along with the leaders for four tires and a turn of front wing. I was told it was clear when I left my pit box but it wasn't and I hit Jacques Lazier. It bent my wheel so it was back to pit lane for us and I got lapped and fell to the 33rd position. Ugh!
By Lap 64 I had managed to get back up to 19th. After a few more pit stops and some more yellows we had a rain delay that took forever. Thankfully we were able to get back out on the track to try and finish the race. In the end, we had a pretty good car; we just didn't have everything go our way. As competitive as this sport is, it's really difficult unless everything goes your way. I caught up to traffic a couple of times, and had some pit stop issues. The race didn't end how we wanted it to but we have to move on.
The week leading up to Milwaukee consisted of working out and trying to get my wedding invitations finished. I have made them all so far but realized as my guest list continues to grow I just don't have the time to hand-make them all. It looks like I need to order some pre-made ones! I even had some time to go boating; gotta' love tubing and skiing on a hot day.
It was nice to finally have a few days off after a rigorous schedule that started back in March. With races being back-to-back and all the off-track commitments like media interviews and photo shoots and appearances for our new sponsors, I was really worn out.
I've never been to Milwaukee before so being that it is my first time, there isn't a lot of run time or practice time on the schedule for the weekend, so having Buddy Rice as a teammate will help a lot there. Having him will be a really big asset for me to provide feedback about where to start, where the line is, etc. I'm really looking forward to going there. It's a real tradition race to follow the Indy 500 so it will be neat for us. Supposedly it's a driver's track; I get along really well with Richmond so hopefully it will be the same.
Let the tradition continue.
IRL IndyCar Series driver Sarah Fisher drives the Dreyer & Reinbold Racing No. 5 Dallara/Honda. She is providing a diary to ESPN.com. For more on Sarah, go to www.sarahfisher.com.