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Sarah Fisher Heading To Chili Bowl

| , RacinToday.com Thursday, January 8 2015

Sarah Fisher is Tulsa-bound.

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Sarah Fisher will return to her open-wheel racing roots next week during the 29th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire in Tulsa, Okla.

The woman voted IndyCar’s Most Popular Driver four times will campaign the No. 67RW Midget for RW Motorsports, co-owned by Steve Weirich and Mario Rotondo, with Hartman Oil as presenting sponsor.

“Competing in the Chili Bowl has always been a Bucket List item for me and with the support of Wink (Hartman), I’m able to fulfill another dream,” said Fisher, referring to the owner of Hartman Oil. “Attending the event last year to cheer on my brother-in-law, Kyle O’Gara, I was able to experience the atmosphere and see how much fun it was. I wanted to be racing in it the next time I came back.”

A solid test in October 2014 with RW Motorsports in Linton, Ind., accelerated Fisher’s decision to enter the 2015 event.

“The Chili Bowl is the very heartbeat of motorsports,” said Hartman, whose oil company operates hundreds of wells in Kansas and Oklahoma. “Each year it brings the best drivers to a venue that is charged with excitement. I look forward to seeing Sarah back in the seat.”

Hartman and Fisher first partnered in 2008 and currently are co-owners of CFH Racing in the Verizon IndyCar Series with driver Ed Carpenter. Russell Oil, Inc., the National Cooperative Refinery Association (NCRA), and the Indy Trading Post will be additional partners on Fisher’s No. 67RW.

Practice for the Chili Bowl is scheduled to begin Monday, Jan. 12, inside the River Spirit Expo Center. The 324 entries will be split into three nights of qualifying, leading up to the A Feature showcasing the top 24 drivers on Saturday night, Jan 17.

Fisher will participate in John Christner Trucking Qualifying Night on Thursday, Jan. 15. Points accumulated during qualifications will determine her starting position for Saturday’s Lucas Oil Championship Night. RW Motorsports also is fielding the No. 17RW for Dave Darland and the No. 27RW for O’Gara in partnership with the Indy Trading Post.

“We’re looking forward to giving Sarah the chance to compete at the Chili Bowl this year,” said Weirich, whose RWMS organization successfully has competed in the U.S. Auto Club’s Sprint, Midget and Silver Crown series. “We both have the same goals of putting open-wheel racing back at the forefront and certainly the Chili Bowl is an event that encompasses that goal. As we continue to work together in IndyCar, this is a fantastic element to add to the mix.”

The Chili Bowl will mark Fisher’s first time competing as a driver since the IndyCar Series season-finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2010. Fisher’s background includes successes in a variety of Sprint Cars and Midgets that have carried the No. 67.

“I have raced on dirt in the World of Outlaws and the All-Star Circuit of Champions, but being in a Midget on dirt is a new experience for me and I’m very excited for the challenge,” said Fisher, a native of Commercial Point, Ohio.

In 2000, Fisher became the third and youngest woman to compete in the Indianapolis 500. She went on to become the first woman to earn an IndyCar Series pole position and is the fastest woman to qualify for the Indy 500 with a four-lap/10-mile average of 229.439 mph. She also holds the record for most Indy 500 starts by a woman with nine.

Fisher formed Sarah Fisher Racing in 2008, when she became the IndyCar Series’ first woman owner/driver. Fisher retired following the 2010 IndyCar season, naming Carpenter as her replacement. In December 2011 Fisher announced a partnership with Hartman to form Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing with 2011 Indy Lights champion Josef Newgarden driving the No. 67 for the full IndyCar Series schedule. CFH Racing is the August 2014 result of a merger between Ed Carpenter Racing, founded in 2011, and Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing.

CFH Racing has compiled five victories and 16 top-five finishes in the past four years, as well as back-to-back pole positions for the Indy 500 with Carpenter. CFH Racing will compete in the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series with two Chevrolet V6 Twin Turbo-powered Dallaras prepared at the team’s Speedway, Ind., headquarters.

The Chili Bowl will be carried online at http://www.racinboys.com. The online PPV experience will run from Tuesday through Saturday’s qualifiers. At the opening ceremonies on Jan. 17, Racinboys PPV coverage will cease as final features will be shown live on MAVTV American Real. For a complete listing of channels, and to request MAVTV, log onto http://www.mavtv.com.

| , RacinToday.com Thursday, January 8 2015
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