With the ink still wet on the race-winners cheque from their maiden victory with Ed Carpenter at Kentucky last month, doubts over whether Sarah Fisher Racing would see on-track action in 2012 have been put to rest with the team ordering two Dallara DW01 chassis to prepare for next season.
After her first full season retired from driving, team owner Sarah Fisher has shrugged off the setback of losing main sponsor Dollar General and Carpenter himself (who left to form his own team), instead opting to proceed with 2012 plans as the search continues for a new primary sponsor and engine supplier.
Speaking to Speed.com, Fisher has said the focus for 2012 is to improve on their road-course results, which in 2011 ranged from 20th to 25th, and often fairly off the pace. On the flip side, their oval prowess is nothing short of outstanding.
After qualifying eighth and finishing eleventh at the Indy 500, further eleventh-placed finishes were earned at Iowa and Loudon, before their victory in Kentucky and running strongly for the beginning of the Las Vegas event, SFR knows where the work needs to be done.
“Looking at the positives, we won as a team at Kentucky, which might have been slightly lost in some sections. Everyone here has worked amazingly hard to get us to a point to where we could earn that first win, and that same core will be together for next year,” she said.
“We spent a whole lot of money to make sure we had every piece of equipment, every gadget, every development; we didn’t stop pushing because this was the last year for the Dallara. That approach will continue with the new car in every area.”
Although not ready to make any announcements in the sponsor department, somebody may be well served introducing Sarah to Paul Tracy. The former series champ has made no secret of his desire to run a full season next year to avoid retiring from the series altogether. With the veteran Tracy bringing sponsorship money from Honda Canada along with unrivalled experience and SFR looking for a driver to help it develop its road-course program, the two may well be a professional match made in heaven.
[Article text by Matt Lennon; image via LAT]