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Rahal To Drive Sarah Fisher's Dollar General IndyCar Entry

Rahal Will Be First Driver Other Than Fisher
To Drive Dollar General Car In IndyCar Series

Sarah Fisher Racing announced that Graham Rahal will drive the No. 67 Izod IndyCar Series car sponsored by Dollar General for the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 28 and the Indy Grand Prix of Alabama on April 11. The races will mark the the first time a driver other than Fisher has driven the Dollar General car in the IndyCar Series (SFR). Fisher said that she "persuaded sponsor Dollar General to buy into replacing her" in the two races with Rahal because he "matches her clean-cut, all-American reputation." Fisher: "It was the only reason we were able to do it." Fisher now will run seven races instead of the original nine, returning to the track for the Road Runner Turbo Indy 300 at Kansas Speedway on May 1 (USA TODAY, 3/11). Rahal, who finished seventh in last year's IndyCar standings, "had been searching for a new drive since the loss of sponsor McDonald's brought his Newman/Haas/Lanigan stint to an end last winter" (AUTOSPORT.com, 3/11).

SCOUTS HONOR: Dale Coyne Racing yesterday announced Alex Lloyd will drive the Boy Scouts of America No. 19 IndyCar Series entry at the season-opening Sao Paulo Indy 300 in Brazil on Sunday. The team will make a formal announcement of the partnership at the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, the first race in the U.S. this season (Dale Coyne Racing).

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