I've had this weird thing lately that when I post stuff in the blog about races being added to the series, drivers looking for rides or teams looking for engines, that somewhere around that time it actually happens.
I could say its because I am fully plugged into the IndyCar series (despite not paying enough attention to sign up for blogger night on Trackside Thursday), but it is more that I am a step behind or just plain lucky.
Either way, my manifesto yesterday contained a blurb about Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing still not having an engine package for the coming season. It's getting down to crunch time here, St. Pete is now FOUR weeks away (yay!) and SFHR and new driver Josef Newgarden were without a motor and had zero track time in the DW12.
Her problem was solved Friday when Rahal Letterman Racing gave them the lease to a Honda motor they were hanging onto for a possible second car that had yet to materialize. They will finally take to the track Mar. 8-9 at Sebring.
Bobby Rahal stated one of the reasons he was so willing to work with SFHR was because of the assitance the team gave Graham Rahal when he was a man without a team in 2010. Fisher stepped out of the car so the younger Rahal could run four races and keep his career going. The rest of course is history as Graham is a rising star in the series.
In a series full of nice people, it is pretty well known that Sarah Fisher is one of the nicest. She has always had a huge following, and in fact attributed the deal going down to the effort of her fans. She has always more than understood what the fans mean to the sport, which is why she has so many loyal followers.
No doubt all of that came into play when it came time for this deal to go down. One less thing to worry about now as we begin careening towards the season opener!