Sarah burst onto the international media stage at only 19-years-old when she qualified for her first Indianapolis 500, but one important element of her life has never changed: family values that keep her grounded.
Fisher began racing in quarter midgets and karts with her dad, Dave, when she was five years old. The pair continued racing and traveling together until she was 18. Dave was tough at times as he taught Sarah the ins and outs of the sport, but he never forgot that his most important role was being a father to his race car-driving daughter.
“Most kids just see their dads after the work day ends at five,” Sarah said. “My dad and I had 60 races a year together, and the only pressure we had was to demonstrate our abilities and hard work on the track.”
Sarah’s mom, Reba, helped out at the track early on when she was karting, but mom eventually switched focus to earning her Masters in teaching when dad and daughter were away racing.
“My mom made the demand that I could race cars in exchange for good grades,” Sarah said. “She’s a smart lady.”
In 2011 Sarah and her husband Andy began a family of their own with the birth of their daughter Zoey.
As most people will say, there is never a perfect time to have a baby. For Sarah and Andy, Zoey was born as the pair was building an IndyCar team from scratch. It was a huge commitment that demands immense amounts of time and creates a lot of stress.
Sarah loves racing and wants to see her team and employees thrive. But just like her father, she knows what her most important role in life: being a mother to Zoey.
“Racing takes time away from family, and it’s a critical balance,” Sarah said. “Right now it’s important for us to bring Zoey to as many races as we can.”
In fact, Zoey is surrounded by family and close friends when she goes to IndyCar races with mom and dad. Andy is the general manager of Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing, and many of team’s employees are family members or close friends.
"We don’t want to leave Zoey at home when we’re gone at the races,” Sarah said. “Having her on the road with us allows me to not miss a beat when it comes to her growing up. It’s already happening so quickly.”
Racing runs deep in the Fisher family, just as family runs deep in the Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing team.