Sarah Fisher signed rising star Josef Newgarden to drive for her in 2012, as well as a business partner she hopes will strengthen her Izod IndyCar Series team. Fisher announced Wednesday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway her team now will be called Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing to reflect the addition of Kansas businessman Wink Hartman as a partner. She also introduced Newgarden, the reigning Firestone Indy Lights champion. He signed a three-year contract to pilot her No. 67 entry in IndyCar. ”Josef is the next generation,” Fisher said. ”With Josef there’s going to be some rookie phases, and there’s going to be some rookie learning curves. But I think he’s got the best attitude possible, and I think we’ve got the best people to teach him.” Newgarden, who turns 21 later this month, is a Nashville native. Fisher said she didn’t choose Newgarden because he’s American – the IndyCar Series is trying hard to develop homegrown stars – but his nationality didn’t hurt. ”More importantly was the guy next door personality that he is – that brand, the professionalism that he already has at 20 years old,” said Fisher, who added it was important the team find a driver who could… Read full this story
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