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December 17, 2011

Indy Car’s Sarah Fisher: I Love You.

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 4:33 pm

There are numerous reasons. She is the prototype for a perfect Indy Car owner in this day and age. She had a journeyman career behind the Indy Car wheel after a spectacular short track career. She always managed to attract sponsorship, fan loyalty and decent rides. She has employed grit and determination her entire career.

When she ended her time behind the wheel she could have done just about anything she wanted, but she stayed in Indy Car and built a bootstrap, sweat equity team that has survived not only the cost of competing but the move away from the kind of racing that made her a star.

The culmination of all of her recent work was a victory in an actual Indy Car event with another lifelong competitive peer of hers behind the wheel. Their win in Kentucky, despite the phenomenal effort of that entire team, was still considered a David Vs. Goliath accomplishment. In victory lane Sarah revealed their primary sponsor was leaving adding bittersweet to the celebration.

As we fast forward to the present day many who are cynical could legitimately predict the possible end of that dream. Between now and then, however, Sarah Fisher Racing has not given up. They have:

-Added a rich, powerful, supportive partner, Wink Hartman, whose Hartman Oil has been a steady associate sponsor of Sarah Fisher Racing for a long time.

-Announced they are constructing a brand new two-story headquarters and race shop right down Main Street in Speedway from the new Dallara plant.

-Hired hot young American talent Josef Newgarden, skilled in multiple disciplines to drive for them.

-Have a stated goal of operating a two car team within a couple of years.

Sarah and others, like Sam Schmidt, Dryer & Reinbold, Panther, etc., are setting the gold standard for former drivers with business acumen. Why can’t more former Indy Car drivers take that path? We know it is difficult. The hunt for funding is constant, and just when they find enough to get by they have to compete against the Penskes and Ganassis of the world. Sarah is doing it the right way and for the long haul, and for that she deserves more love and respect than ever. It is people like her who will save the sport from itself. Aligning with folks like Wink Hartman gives the effort the professional credibility it needs to take next steps.

This story is refreshing, particularly as we cringe watching quality folks like Gil de Ferran stumble in every professional role after driving that he takes, Jay Penske not taking after his father, Eric Bachelart selling seats to high bidders, often multiple times throughout the season, Newman-Haas simply throwing in the towel, etc.

So Sarah, keep showing your peers how to do it right. You are the model for a post-Penske, post-Ganassi sport. Thank you for giving racing fans a great reason to keep watching. It is great having a team like Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing to support.

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5 Comments »

  1. I love sarah fisher! i raced against her in go-karts a couple times and she is very nice and respectful on the track (not to mention fast) and very approachable off the track, i have always loved sarah.

    Comment by birel 0499 — December 17, 2011 @ 8:21 pm | Reply

  2. I have to confess, when Sarah had Dollar General and Ed Carpenter go away in the course of a few weeks, I had my doubts. Unlike the emotional Sarah who put her future in hock to go racing a few years ago at Indy (with another no show sponsor,) this Sarah kept battling and now seems to be growing a racing operation the right way while we all watch (and most of us cheer!) The addition of a young talent like Josef Newgarden who, as you stated, is skilled in all discoplines, should help them in building a full season effort. At the very least, they have most of us anxious to see what engine and sponsorship deals they can achieve.

    Comment by SkipinSC — December 17, 2011 @ 8:30 pm | Reply

  3. I’d like to see more teams relocate to the same area in Speedway. It would be a great destination for us out-of-towners to go see in May (or anytime) and I’d think it would be great for Indy (or Speedway or both.)

    Comment by redcar — December 18, 2011 @ 1:28 am | Reply

  4. Shocker, you praise teams like Fisher, Schmidt, Dreyer and Reinbold, and Panther while you badmouth Newman-Hass, Bachelart, Jay Penske, and Gil de Ferran. I’m sure it has nothing to do with where the teams participated in before 2008, does it?
    Editor’s Note: Your tin foil hat is a little snug today. It has more to do with teams who put their money where mouths are.

    Comment by TroyM — December 18, 2011 @ 2:40 pm | Reply

    • Newman/Haas has put alot of their own money in, moreso in the latter stages of their history, so i have to laugh when i see a guy with an agenda who has to start a blog to get anyone to even listen to him, shoot his mouth off (again), about things he knows nothing about.

      Why is it then disciple, that teams that had never had problems getting sponsors (some wth longstanding associations), have had nothing but problems since the merger. I know, the whole game has changed, multiple platforms, key demographics, youthful disenfranchised CART fans, blah, blah.

      Since the split, things that were never ever issues, have become so, and it has been even more amplified since the sham known as unification.
      Editor’s Note: Is there anything even remotely resembling some type of point anywhere within that obtuse ramble?

      Comment by The Set Disciple Straight Guy — December 26, 2011 @ 5:06 pm | Reply

      • Actually, there is a point in there. Troy stated that you only praise the former irl teams, while badmouthing the ex-CART boys. I will also point out the many hypocrisies on that subject as well, that you are the instigator of, but we will get to that later. Your reply was to the effect that you were only praising the teams that put tbeir money where their mouths are. A very ignorant and stupid statement if there ever was one, and only serving to further your biased agenda. If you were the fan you claim to be, you only would have to look at guys like eric bachelart and dale coyne, when it came to people putting their money where their mouths are. I gave to you the example of Newman/Haas, whose two owners definitely put alot of their own time and money into their race team (especially in the latter years), which of course, does not suit your agenda, so you dismiss it, and then you go and do the very thing that you tell others not to do, respond in a juvenile way.

        So why not then get all over guys like Rahal, Walker, Penske, Ganassi, Fernandez, Andretti? Oh, that’s right, because they all clearly put their own money on the line (and that is sarcasm, just in case you did not get it).

        Arguing with you is like arguing with a child in the special olympics. No need to go further there, except to point out again that you are that special child.

        Editor’s Note: Why do I even bother responding to you flat earthers? I’ll try to slow it down. Eric Bachelart never met a ride buyer he didn’t accept money from. Seriously, he should seek permanent sponsorship from a rental car company. Why can’t Dale Coyne keep qualified people on his staff for more than a season? Newman-Haas suffers from two issues. 1) Paul Newman died. 2) Carl Haas is knocking at the door. Derrick Walker now needs to team up with Ed Carpenter. Fernandez has not been heard from in any meaningful way for years. Rahal is coming back full time this year and Andretti has put his money where his mouth is ever since he retired. Ganassi and Penske remain in a tier by themselves. None of that changes my admiration for the bootstrap, sweat equity way in which Sarah has built her team. That is the point your kind refuses to grasp, instead preferring to tin foil hat your way into all sorts of cockamamie psychosis. And you think I’m retarded? LOL.

        Comment by The Set Disciple Straight Guy — December 27, 2011 @ 4:39 am

      • All much ado about nothing in your latest reply, which is not at all shocking in the least…let’s dissect it, shall we.

        Editor’s Note: Why do I even bother responding to you flat earthers?

        -Why? Well, bottom feeding trolls, such as yourself, have to do something with your time.

        I’ll try to slow it down. Eric Bachelart never met a ride buyer he didn’t accept money from. Seriously, he should seek permanent sponsorship from a rental car company.

        -Eric Bachelart keeps his team going with his own money, then tries to recoup that money with ride buyers. Would you rather Indy Car lose yet another team? I really do not think that the car counts in the series would be able to afford many more hits.

        Why can’t Dale Coyne keep qualified people on his staff for more than a season?

        -Again, be thankful for the “smaller” teams, such as Dale Coyne racing, as they provide valuable seats for many up and coming future stars (well, they used to in CART), as well as, AGAIN, providing the series with two badly needed cars. Dale puts his money where his mouth is.

        Newman-Haas suffers from two issues. 1) Paul Newman died. 2) Carl Haas is knocking at the door.

        -Wow, you truly are a genuis. Without you telling us, we would not have known about Paul and Carl, thanks jerkoff. If the series was vibrant, as it used to be, this team would still be around. Take notice that they are simply not folding up shop, but going to another series, something that speaks pretty loudly and clearly, about the state of Indy car. How convenient you leave that out.

        Derrick Walker now needs to team up with Ed Carpenter.

        -Derrick Walker put alot of time and other people’s money into his own teams over the years. He did and does what he has to, in order for his team to continue racing.

        Fernandez has not been heard from in any meaningful way for years.

        -Adrian Fernandez? The guy who pulled one of the biggest scumbag moves in the history of racing, and took the yen? Definitely do not have any empathy towards his plight. He had a strong following, and a great sponsor in CART, but screwed the pooch.

        Rahal is coming back full time this year.

        -Yet another yen-whore. He took Honda’s money, turned his back on CART, and quickly found himself on the outs. Associating with Tony George and his little league back in those days, tended to do that to alot of people. If he put his money where his mouth is, his team would never had left in the first place. Gee, I wonder who his sugar daddy is this time around?

        Andretti has put his money where his mouth is ever since he retired.

        -Pretty much the one comment that says it all about you. Andretti the lesser never put one dime into his own team. He had his partners early on, along with major Honda money, and his Payout from Tony George to leave CART in his bank account. He has been riding the Danica train for all it is worth these past few years (with all the Go Daddy money). The man is one of the biggest pieces of crap to ever grace Indy Car, past and present.

        Ganassi and Penske remain in a tier by themselves.

        -Yes, they made it this far by screwing CART over, taking the money and running to the irl, where they found even bigger financial (ahem) “incentives” waiting for them, supplied by who else, Mr. Tony George.

        None of that changes my admiration for the bootstrap, sweat equity way in which Sarah has built her team.

        -Good for you, i admire your support for Porky Pig.

        That is the point your kind refuses to grasp, instead preferring to tin foil hat your way into all sorts of cockamamie psychosis.

        -It is you that refuse’s to grasp reality. As per suual, when it does not fit your agenda,…..

        And you think I’m retarded? LOL.

        -No Sir, i do not think, i know!

        Editor’s Note: I shall allow your knee-jerk defensive, bleating responses speak for themselves. They make my point better than I possibly could.

        Comment by The Set Disciple Straight Guy — December 27, 2011 @ 6:27 pm

  5. The Sarah Fisher story is a great one. More power to her. On another note, I was looking over the provisional IndyCar schedule, and all I could think was, Wow. Four whole ovals among the mass of road/street courses. IndyCar should be proud of itself, actually finding spots for those four ovals. I’m surprised they could actually spare those four dates for something other than road/street races. Oh well, it should be a safer year, if not a particularly exciting one. If ANY excitement is generated, it will come from those four “little” ovals, guaranteed.

    Comment by DOUG — December 19, 2011 @ 3:54 pm | Reply


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