By Dave Lewandowski
Andy O'Gara wheels a forklift with precision to deliver office furniture to a second floor doorway. Nearby, his wife and team co-owner Sarah Fisher tends to daily business, including lunch for the recruits who are assisting with the move into the new race shop on Main Street in Speedway, Ind.
It's an exciting time for Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing as it transitions from rental property to "a home," as Fisher explained.
"It's very exciting. It's wonderful to be moving in," she said. "The O'Gara family and everybody that we know is pitching in to help to pull off the move so our floor guys don't have to spend as much time doing it. It's neat to see it going as quickly as it is."
It's also a busy time for team and extended family. There's the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach this weekend in which driver Josef Newgarden will aim for his second consecutive top-10 finish in the No. 67 car. Following the race, Kyle O'Gara will test at Auto Club Speedway in advance of his projected Firestone Indy Lights debut in the Firestone Freedom 100 on May 24 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. And not least is the marriage of Colleen O'Gara at the end of the month.
Andy O'Gara, the team's general manager, is seeking to have everything moved so the mechanics can prepare the road/street car for the Brazil race at the new locale.
"Our goal is that when the guys get back from Long Beach it is ready to rock," Fisher said. "There's a lot that goes into it."
Ground was broken on the 37,000-square-foot shop, which is next door to the U.S. home of Dallara Automobili, on Dec. 15, 2011. Construction began in October 2012.