It’s late at night and you only have few hours till you jump on a flight to go meet a girl from your hometown of Toronto that is been rocking it from a very early age. This usually means she is just meant to be an entertainer. This story also has a very cool twist to it but till I can confirm it with Sarah Fisher herself, it will just have to wait.
Sarah Fisher as an actress plays the role of “Becky Baker” in the latest 21st century incarnation of the show, Degrassi. Sarah has been singing since she was twelve years of age and while she is busy with television and films she is having a blast with music. David Bowie always sought out new talent such as Bruce Springsteen to name just one of many, and so here I go as David Bowie Is Around The World to discover Sarah.
More about Sarah after landing and meeting her at Honda Indy Toronto with yet another talented lady Sarah Fisher team owner of Fisher Hartman Racing. Leave you with this tune of Sarah Fisher the singer songwriter.
I love IndyCars I used to sponsor the team of former Formula 1 Ferrari driver Stefan Johansson with drivers Jimmy Vasser and Ryan Hunter-Reay who is currently winning a lot of races and I was there for his first win ever in an IndyCar in Queensland, Australia. The are all super nice people with a lot of talent and a lot of fun.
I have followed Sarah Fisher the Commercial Point, Ohio native who first came into the public eye at 19 when she became the youngest woman to qualify for the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” – the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race. So yes to fly to meet her in my hometown at the Honda Indy with another Sarah Fisher, singer, songwriter, and actress from the television show Degrassi, what a bonus that is, two women who rock.
David Bowie when he starts talking to you about travel, Japan, China, music , books, or films has a steely focus. Sarah also has these attributes of Bowie and her steely focus, quickly paid dividends. Fisher became the first woman to win a pole position for a major open-wheel race when she qualified fastest for the 2002 Belterra Casino Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway. Her lightning-quick lap of 221.390 mph remains the fastest lap on record at that track.
Sarah Fisher Racing in 2008. The team scored its first victory in October 2011 with driver Ed Carpenter, and Sarah became the first female team owner to win a race in the IZOD IndyCar Series.
2011 was a year of milestones off-track for Fisher as well. With her husband Andy by her side, she gave birth to daughter Zoey on September 13, 2011. Zoey was not quite three-weeks-old when her mom’s team won its first race and was in victory lane to celebrate.
In 2012 Fisher’s race team, Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing, is competing in the IZOD IndyCar Series with rookie driver Josef Newgarden.
So here we go to Honda Indy Toronto upon landing to visit with Sarah Fisher the women who rocks IndyCar.
Dario Franchitt fresh off his first podium finish of the year, carried that momentum into Toronto with a pole-winning run for the first of two races at Exhibition Place.
The four-time IndyCar Series champion was flawless in three rounds of Friday qualifying to coast to the top starting spot at Toronto, 1.75-mile street track where Franchitti has three career victories. It’s his fifth pole at Toronto and third on the season.
But his Target Chip Ganassi Racing team had to hustle all afternoon to repair damage to his No. 10 Honda incurred during a crashed in morning practice.
”I made it difficult this morning – I made a mistake in turn five there, took the right side off the car,” he said. ”The guys had to work and repair the car. I was able to keep finding a little bit every lap. Felt really good about that.”
Franchitti heads into this weekend’s races – IndyCar will run both Saturday and Sunday – ranked a disappointing 11th in the IndyCar standings. He’s not won a race since last year’s Indianapolis 500, and his third-place finish Sunday at Pocono was his first podium of the year.
He’s not written off his season, though.
”I’ve never looked at it that way. Whether I was first, or at one point this year I was last in the championship, so never say never,” Franchitti said. ”Until it’s mathematically impossible, you just keep fighting every week. We’ve put ourselves in a bit of a hole, but we’ll see if we can dig our way out.”
Sebastien Bourdais was second in his first appearance in the Fast Six this year. His previous best qualifying effort was seventh, and this is his first front row start since joining Dragon Racing before the 2012 season.
The 2004 winner at Toronto, Bourdais has had a miserable season and has yet to finish a race higher than 11th. He said Dragon recently discovered a way to address the understeer on his car and it showed Friday.
”We were definitely starting to wonder if we could turn the boat around a little bit,” he said. ”Definitely feels like this weekend we did. Finally I can feel like I’m doing something behind the wheel rather than going along for the ride.
”When you’ve been deep in the hole, finally you seem to be able to see some light, it feels really good. Pretty excited for the boys. It’s been a lot of work, just like everybody else, but when you don’t have the results, it’s twice as hard.”
Will Power barely advanced out of the first two rounds of qualifying and wound up third for Saturday’s 85-lap race.
Indianapolis 500 winner Tony Kanaan was fourth and was followed by James Jakes, whose previous best start at Toronto was 23rd, was fifth and followed by last week’s winner Scott Dixon.
Toronto native James Hinchcliffe failed to advance out of the first round, and Andretti Autosport teammates Ryan Hunter-Reay and Marco Andretti didn’t make it out of the second round. E.J. Viso also failed to advance out of the first round, marking the first race through 11 events this year an Andretti driver didn’t make it to the Fast Six.
Both Hunter-Reay and Andretti were plagued by Takuma Sato bringing the second session to an early end by crashing into a tire barrier.
Sato, coincidentally, ran into Hunter-Reay on Sunday on pit road – ending both drivers’ race.
”It’s frustrating,” Hunter-Reay said. ”I’d like to thank Sato for knocking us out of the session again.”
Hunter-Reay is also driving with an injured hand suffered in the Pocono accident.
”It’s a concern, for sure. We don’t have any power steering at all in these cars, and when you get into an issue where you touch a wall or get in to it with another car, the wheel will whip around, and a lot of guys are hurting their thumbs, tearing ligaments and stuff like that,” he said. ”Certainly not a fun situation and not fun driving with it here at Toronto.”
Saturday will mark the debut of standing starts for IndyCar, which has been met with mixed reaction from the drivers. Many of the veterans haven’t done a standing start in 15 or more years, while some of the younger drivers have more experience in other series. IndyCar will not use standing starts for Sunday’s race.
”It’s been since 1993 that I have done a standing start. Right now, I’ll say I’m not a big fan,” said Kanaan. ”IndyCar for me, it’s always been about rolling starts. We’re talking about tradition. Maybe tomorrow I’ll end up at the end of the race saying I love it.”
Franchitti’s last standing start was British Formula 3 in 1994, and once at the Gold Coast 600 in Australia when he wrecked with teammate Scott Dixon. Power was also involved in the accident that began when Jacques Villeneuve spun.
”Will was there, because we all crashed into each other the first corner,” Franchitti said. ”Jacques spun. Next thing I see Will’s car with no wheels on it parked across the track.
I stick the thing in reverse, hand-drive the car, proceed to reverse into the front bumper of him. I look in the mirror and see Dixon shaking his head. Hopefully tomorrow’s standing start goes a bit smoother than that.”
I took a walk down pit lane with Mirna at Honda Indy where as they would say in a Bollywood film ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’.
This really was a walk running into friends.
First up with Mirna meeting my friend with whom I have had so much fun the Swedish racing driver Stefan Johansson. Stefan was in great spirit and Mirna commented to him that he looked like all the Swedish boys, blue eyes with blond hair.
KV Racing’s and the suite of “E.J.” Viso where Jimmy Vasser came to say hello. Jimmy Vasser drove for American Spirit when I was sponsoring the race team and is just a great guy to hang with. Jimmy is the co- owner of KV Racing.
It was great walk over to KV Racing garage where Rubens Barrichello was happy to welcome her over to the garage.
Action was everywhere, scooters buzzing past, car’s going to the garages’s and a chance to catch up and meet old friends introducing them to new friends.
Izod Indy Series or Honda Indy in Toronto is really a wonderful place to come and get a great look at racing up close and personal as Mirna did. Today will be race day and this will be super special for her and Honda Indy.
The Honda Indy in Toronto, which is a great city by one of the five wonders of the world, “The Great Lakes”, was all action. It was shake, rattle, roll, spin, crash, after crash, at times mayhem on the street of Lakeshore Boulevard by the lake. The day was hot, and humid and if you were looking for entertainment value this offered up more then any Hollywood, Ultra 3D you could see in any UVX theater. Honda Indy and the Izod Indy series allows everyone to get up close and personal, and the Teams were only too happy to comply. The facilities in Toronto are impressive. In the end this race saw the safety crew really have to work, pit crews perform “Nip and Tucks”, Danica Patricks car got a bad nose job on her Go Daddy Car when the crew had to replace her nose fin with a Dr. Pepper Racing team fin. Target Chip Ganassi Racing finished one and two, Dario Franchitti, and Scot Dixon followed by my friend from American Spirit racing days with Merlins Ryan hunter-Reay finishing third for DHL/Circle K/Sun Drop Citrus Soda car for Andretti Autosports. The party and the action never stop on My Name is Khan. The Canadian boys from Hollywood Dan Aykroyd and Timothy Hollywood Khan are back in the city and it’s sizzling! Now where them girls at!
The sandal meets hot cement as the girls in lipstick dress, with sashay sway, came my way, blue eyes, blond hair, hazel eyes, brown hair, dark eyes and black hair. The kinda a girls who could run barefoot while shooting a double barrel gun, but at Honda’s Indy there just gonna have fun! It’s part of racing and the girls of Budweiser were going to make sure you had fun and didn’t go thirsty. The girls of Shoeless Joe’s made sure you wouldn’t go hungry. The girls of Graphiti.ca with candy scent were all bubbly and if you needed more credit cards, the smiling girls of Presidents Choice Mastercard, and the informative Sheerti of Bank of Montreal could get you all hooked up. These girls had their game on, they were in the zone. The zone is Honda Indy in Toronto it’s like a “WOK” girls, drivers, gasoline, fast cars, blue sky, is the right mix for a great party. This up close and personal look is all at My Name is Khan and the girls in lipstick red dress are ready to make it rock. Let’s get the party started.