Sarah Fisher christened the new dirt track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Wednesday in preparation for next week’s BC39 USAC midget race in honor of Bryan Clauson.
Fisher, who got her start in winged sprinters on the dirt before setting a track record at Winchester in a midget in the mid-90s, drove one of the three cars she’s got entered and gave the new quarter-mile track a big thumbs-up after a few hot laps on a hot afternoon.
“It’s got progressive banking, and combined with running at night, I think it’s going to be a great show – midgets always are on a quarter-mile,” said the seven-time Indy 500 starter who now operates the Speedway Karting go-kart track in downtown Speedway.
USAC competition director Levi Jones also weighed in on the race that has over 100 entries and runs Sept. 5-6. “I was hoping for 65,” said the five-time USAC sprint champ. “But it just shows you the power of IMS, because everybody wants to race here.”
NBCSN will televise a one-hour special on the inaugural midget show on Sept. 7 following NASCAR America.