Sarah Fisher moves into new digs in Speedway

Sarah Fisher moves into new digs in Speedway

April 15, 2013

By Curt Cavin at IndyStar.com

Monday was moving day for Indianapolis-based Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing, from a shop on Rockville Road to a soon-to-be-sparkling facility on Main Street in Speedway.

The new digs include 38,000 square feet of indoor space plus a bricked pavilion area between the facility and the one Dallara recently built to distribute Indy cars and parts to race teams.

Key features of the team’s shop include a large conference room that will be made available to everyone in the IndyCar community, a gift shop, a shop area large enough to service at least two race cars and more office space than the team likely will ever be able to use.

The entire moving process figures to take about three weeks, but the team will be ready to field Josef Newgarden in next month’s Indianapolis 500.

The facility is so close to Indianapolis Motor Speedway that employees are talking about walking to work — or riding bicycles — in May.

The move is historic in some respects. According to IMS historian Donald Davidson, SFHR will be only the second Indianapolis 500 team in more than 90 years to be based on Main Street. Fan Force United, which fielded Jean Alesi in last year’s 500, officially is at 1120 Main Street, although its shop faces 11th Street.

Davidson said the original Prest-O-Lite team operated on the east side of Main Street, as Fisher’s team will, in 1916. Later, the team which became Allison Engineering moved to the west side of the street, but Davidson said they were done there by 1922.

An assortment of other race cars were prepared there, Davidson said, but none for the 500 until Fan Force United’s last year.

“As obvious as it is, I don’t think there were any (others),” Davidson said.

Call Star reporter Curt Cavin at (317) 444-6409.

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