IndyCar driver Sarah Fisher announced her retirement today at the age of 30. Fisher opted for retirement in order to focus more of her energy as team owner of Sarah Fisher Racing. Fisher also announced that she'd hired Ed Carpenter to drive the #67 car for at least nine events in 2011.
"Being both an owner and a driver is both time consuming on both sides," said Fisher. "I really want to see this team move forward and to have one driver who does all the races - ovals and road courses. It's just very hard to do both."
Fisher's 25-year driving career includes 11 years as a competitor in the IZOD IndyCar Series with Walker Racing, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, Kelley Racing and Sarah Fisher Racing, which she started Sarah Fisher Racing in 2008. Fisher, who was voted the IZOD IndyCar Series' most popular driver three times, has driven a part-time schedule the past three seasons. She had seven starts this year, increasing her career total to 74 since her debut in 1999 at Texas Motor Speedway.
A former competitor in USAC and World of Outlaws sprint cars, she won one pole, in 2002 at Kentucky Speedway, and was runner-up in the 2001 race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In hiring Carpenter, she found a driver who fits the image she built her team around.