IndyCar: Sarah Fisher focused on CFH growth beyond her own racing return


Sarah Fisher made her racing return announcement on Tuesday, but the 34-year-old mother of two isn’t slowing down on her day job as team co-owner of CFH Racing in the Verizon IndyCar Series.

She was a guest on 1070 The Fan’s Trackside with NBCSN IndyCar pit reporter Kevin Lee and the Indianapolis Star‘s Curt Cavin on Tuesday night, and addressed the team’s fusion as her Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing organization comes together with Ed Carpenter Racing.

“Overall Ed and I are having a good time working together again,” she said. “The big picture is gonna be fantastic. This is the first time that we will be able to put everything on track to win races on every single lap.”

The team has rising American star Josef Newgarden in the team’s No. 67 Chevrolet with Carpenter in the Fuzzy’s Vodka-backed No. 20 for ovals. The road/street course driver for that car is to be determined, and one of the more hotly contested seats left in the IndyCar offseason.

Both ECR and SFHR ran two cars in the 2014 Indianapolis 500 and while Fisher didn’t rule a massive four-car effort out for 2015, it would be a difficult proposition for the team’s first year together.

“Sure it is (possible), but a lot has to fall into place,” she said. “We don’t want to grow outside our britches. I don’t see it as something we couldn’t do, but it’s something we would want to have well prepared.”

Figure at least a third car for the Indianapolis 500 is probable, with a fourth car more speculative at this juncture.

And will this midget outing in the Chili Bowl trigger further appearances and perhaps a driving return of her own to the 500 itself? While Fisher politely said “never say never,” she’s focused more on this single return first before thinking of any IndyCar driving comeback.

To be fair though, she has driven a number of times in the two-seater IndyCar over the last several months.

She still has the driver’s mindset, which she discovered after her first midget test a couple months ago, even after the arrivals of daughter Zoe and son Daniel in the last four years.

“When I was testing it wasn’t even thinking about it,” she said. “I’m working out and training like I would be. I don’t think about it any differently.”