With her hands seemingly folded in prayer, car owner Sarah Fisher stood trackside watching her driver, Ed Carpenter, turn some awfully quick laps in a light drizzle trying to make the Fast Nine qualifying shootout at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Carpenter, who had been one of the fastest drivers throughout the week of practice, did not disappoint, turning in the sixth fastest time of the day at that point with a 226.171 mph run. His team and the crowd went wild.
The qualifying run for a spot in the 100th anniversary Indianapolis 500, was especially sweet for Carpenter who is driving his first race of the season. It was also just as meaningful for Sarah Fisher Racing, which is competing in its first race of the year.
Sarah Fisher Racing which is named after the 30-year-old retired driver, is indeed the little team that can.
Fisher Racing, which has Dollar General as a primary sponsor, does not have anywhere close to the financial resources of powerhouse teams like Penske and Ganassi, showed that money isn’t everything.
And Sarah, who raced nine times at Indy, remains one of the most popular figures at the track, a point underscored by the day's loudest cheers when Ed Carpenter completed his qualification run.
This is indeed a good start for Ed Carpenter and Sarah Fisher Racing, but an even better finish, or perhaps a victory will go a long way toward giving IndyCar the kind of kick start it has long needed.