Fisher lands Phoenix drive

Open-wheel veteran Sarah Fisher is set to get back behind the steering wheel after being on the sidelines much of this year having been unable to land a drive in the IRL IndyCar Series. The 23-year-old has been named to drive for Bill McAnally Racing in the Subway 150 NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series race at Phoenix International Raceway on October 3

Fisher lands Phoenix drive

Fisher, who has raced four seasons in the IRL, will be making her NASCAR debut, driving the No. 20 NASCAR Select by NAPA Filters Chevrolet.

"We are excited to have Sarah be a part of the team at Phoenix," said team owner Bill McAnally. "This is a great opportunity for BMR to work with a talented young driver from the open-wheel ranks. She should provide an interesting perspective and some valuable input into our programme."

Fisher progressed through the sprint car and midget car ranks to the IRL, was where she became only the third woman in history to qualify for the Indianapolis 500.

"I'm really excited to be making my NASCAR debut," Fisher said. "It's a great opportunity. I've been working hard to prepare for this."

Fisher will join BMR at Phoenix as a teammate to Austin Cameron, who is currently second in the series standings. The event is the 10th in a 13-race schedule for the series this year.

The West Series and the Busch North Series comprise the Grand National Division. Graduates of the West Series include 1998 series champion Kevin Harvick and Brendan Gaughan, who won back-to-back titles in 2000 and 2001.

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