Sarah Fisher already is making plans to compete in the 30th Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals next January in Tulsa, Okla.
The Verizon IndyCar Series team co-owner drove from the sixth starting position to win one of the two D feature races on Jan. 15 to advance to the C feature. Despite moving from 13th place to sixth, she fell two positions short of a transfer.
On Jan. 17, Fisher placed fifth in the second 10-lap I feature (the top four advanced to the H feature) in the No. 67 RW Motorsports car.
"I've been so lucky to be a part of the Chili Bowl Nationals. With Hartman Oil, RW Motorsports, and an incredible group on this team, I've had the best opportunity in some great equipment,” said Fisher, who visited with Bobby Unser (left) during the week.
“I owe thanks to so many people who made this happen for me, especially my husband Andy, whose birthday just happens to be (Jan. 17). It's extremely competitive and just a blast to be a part of. Count me in for 2016.
“This place is hard. It’s just like Indy. All the drivers that run here and run these cars on a regular basis, they are talented and knows the cars and the technique well.”
Of the 326 entries, Fisher was paired with her brother-in-law, Kyle O’Gara, in the second I feature. He finished 13th. Anton Julian, crew chief for the No. 67 CFH Racing entry in the Verizon IndyCar Series driven by Josef Newgarden, placed ninth in the first I feature.
The Chili Bowl marked Fisher’s first time competing as a driver since the 2010 Verizon IndyCar Series season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Though she has had success in a variety of sprint cars and midgets, it was her first time competing in a midget on dirt in the Chili Bowl.
Rico Abreu won the 50-lap A feature, delivering car owner Keith Kunz his first Golden Driller since 2002. Bryan Clauson, the 2014 Chili Bowl Nationals winner, led the initial 26 laps and finished 10th. Roger Penske served as the grand marshal for the event.
Clauson, who made his Indianapolis 500 Mile Race debut in 2012 in a Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing car, will return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May to compete in a KVSH Racing/Jonathan Byrd Racing entry.