Sarah Fisher opens Paddock Insider’s 2014 Twitter interview series

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IndyCar team co-owner Sarah Fisher got an early Christmas present with the news in mid-December she and husband Andy O’Gara expect their second child in June 2014 (first daughter Zoey born in September 2011). Coupled with the improvement made by her second-year driver Josef Newgarden, 2013 was a pretty good year for the series’ only female team owner.

Fisher, who along with Wink Hartman runs the single-car, Honda-powered Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing team, had a visit with the Verizon Paddock Insider Twitter account on Monday to recap some of 2013 and preview 2014. The @PaddockInsider account works to take fans closer to the IndyCar community on a regular basis, particularly at the track.

The Twitter interview – the third in a series after 2013 ones with Chip Ganassi Racing drivers Scott Dixon and Charlie Kimball – occurred opposite the Andretti Autosport 2014 team launch, so it may have been easy to miss. Luckily, we have a recap for you right below.

IndyCar’s season finale at St. Pete approved to have 20,000 fans

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The NTT IndyCar Series’ season finale will be permitted up to 20,000 fans, making the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg possibly the circuit’s most well-attended race of 2020. The race originally was scheduled as the season opener before being moved to Oct. 25 because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

IndyCar has enjoyed limited crowds at Road America, Iowa Speedway, Gateway, Mid-Ohio and this weekend’s doubleheader races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, which could have up to 10,000 fans in attendance. That had been the largest maximum grandstand crowd for an IndyCar race this season.

At a St. Petersburg city council meeting Thursday, Mayor Rick Kriseman approved plans by race organizers Green Savoree Racing Promotions to hold the Oct. 23-25 weekend for the IndyCar Grand Prix of St. Pete with 20,000 fans who would follow health and safety protocols that include mandatory temperature checks and masks.

 “My thanks to Green Savoree Racing Promotions and IndyCar for their flexibility and resilience during this challenging time,” Kriseman said in a release. “I know that everyone is excited to get back on the track in St. Pete. I can’t wait for Oct. 23rd. I know everyone will embrace this race the St. Pete way, adhering to the COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Let’s have some great racing in the Sunshine City.”

Paddock and the pit lane will remain closed to spectators, and social distancing of at least 6 feet will be observed on site.

“Our entire team greatly appreciates the patience and understanding of our ticket holders as we worked through this process with Mayor Kriseman, City Council and local health officials,” Kim Green, co-owner, chairman and CEO of Green Savoree Promotions. “It’s important for everyone who attends to read and follow all the COVID-19 protocols to contribute to a fun, safe and successful event for us all.”

“The ongoing guidance and support of Mayor Kriseman, City Council, and the City of St. Petersburg’s event team have been phenomenal,” said Kevin Savoree, co-owner, president and COO of Green Savoree Promotions. “We also would not be in this position to move this spring tradition to fall without Firestone’s unwavering commitment and dedication. It’s going to be a terrific weekend again in downtown St. Pete in three weeks featuring world-class racing from INDYCAR.”