Tags: In This Issue, Local, March of Dimes, Parenting
Wife, mother, and racecar driver: three words you don't often see together. For Local celebrity Sarah Fisher, however, these three words describe her perfectly. Born in Columbus, Ohio, Fisher first became involved in racing when she was just five years old. Since then, Fisher has competed in hundreds of races all over the United States. In 2008, Fisher started her own racing team, Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing, and became the first and only female team owner and youngest owner in the IZOD IndyCar Series. When she and her husband, Andy O'Gara, had their first child, Zoey, 1 year ago, Fisher took some time away from racing to embrace her newfound motherhood. Today, Fisher is back on track with her racing career and has been nominated as the 2012 Honoree for the March of Dimes Mom of the Year event.
Q: Tell us about Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing.
A: The 2008 Indy 500 was the first race for Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing. Three years of being both the athlete and the owner was more challenging than anything I've ever faced. Today, it's almost just as busy with the growth we have seen and the future we look towards. Winning our first event in 2011 helped remind us why we are all so dedicated to this sport.
Q: Is it difficult to juggle a full-time career and family at the same time?
A: Absolutely! Moms always see to the "team captains," when it comes to family. The key is having a great family to support you and to have patience with what you are blessed with.
Q: What advice would you give to other mothers trying to juggle a busy schedule?
A: Buy a smart phone! Where were we before that technology? Beyond the obvious, the best advice I can give is patience and priority. When you are rushing around trying to squeeze in everything you can, prioritize what is going to make or break it and then try your best to be patient at achieving that while you accommodate others during the process.
Q: Did you take time off from your racing career when you had your baby?
A: I decided to stop driving to start a family, and that was the end of the 2010 season, but I still remained very involved on the ownership and business side. I took a couple weeks off when she was born. I have been very fortunate that Zoey can travel with us in the racing season, so most of the time she is with us. But, when she does have to stay home, I miss her tremendously.
Q: Are you enjoying motherhood?
A: Very much so! Motherhood has made me a much better person. Now, I can't imagine life without Zoey.
Q: What are some of the ups and downs of being a mother?
A: The best ups are when she learns something new and I know its something I've taught her. She's a cuddle baby, so that always warms my heart to come home to. The other day, she kissed my cheek on her own and I pretty much melted. The downs are when she is sick or isn't feeling well and you just have this helpless feeling.
Q: Outside of racecars, what are some of your interests?
A: No time for anything else, really. If I'm not at the IndyCar track, I am helping Kyle O'Gara, my brother-in-law, with his racing endeavors.
Q: What do you like to do in your free time?
A: If I had an afternoon all to myself, I would probably catch up around the house, laundry, cleaning, you know the drill. If that was all done, which it never seems to be, I'd probably go for a pedicure or the mall!
Q: How did you first get involved with March of Dimes?
A: My husband's sister, Megan Delaney, had a baby who continues to be affected with respiratory issues. She started with campaigning at the annual March of Dimes walk as a team captain, raising thousands of dollars. Her passion sparked my interest in being further involved and after learning more about it, has kept my support.
Q: How do you feel about being chosen as the 2012 Honoree for the March of Dimes Mom of the Year event?
A: It was certainly a surprise. I feel like there are so many Moms out there that deserve this award, so it certainly feels like I am a representative of all of them.
Q: What do you see for your future career and family life?
A: Well, I love racing, but I also know that family is important. So, as long as I can continue to merge them, then it will stay the same as it has been for the next 10 years or so.