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Agony Aunt: Sarah Fisher on Indy 500 rookie problems
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Agony Aunt: Sarah Fisher on Indy 500 rookie problems

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In the first of a new series, our guest expert is nine-time Indianapolis 500 starter Sarah Fisher, who moved into team ownership and kick-started Josef Newgarden's IndyCar career

The first thing to know about racing on ovals is that straight is always faster. The more you jack the wheel around, the slower you go. It's all about smooth, very precise application of driver input.

When I got to IndyCar in 2000, I'd only done one year of pavement midgets and before that I was running winged outlaw sprint cars on dirt. It was a totally different picture, but the style was similar because sprint cars teach you to drive it straight and smooth - with such a giant wing, any flick of the wheel will slow it down. The application of throttle and steering had to be precise, and on the ovals it's the same.

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