INDIANAPOLIS - Practice opened Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500.
To wave the green flag signaling the opening of practice, which happened to fall this year on Mother's Day, the speedway chose someone doubly appropriate for the occasion.
Sarah Fisher was the youngest woman to ever qualify for the Indianapolis 500. She compiled the most Indy 500 starts of any woman in racing history. She also owns a Verizon IndyCar series team. And, she's a mother.
"To be here for opening day and Mother's Day is really special," Fisher said. "It's so neat that IMS recognizes mothers on Mother's Day because it's such a long month, and there's lots of crew guys that have wives and moms at home, and it's just nice to recognize that Mother's Day's important."
Fisher and her husband are preparing for things to grow even busier, as baby No. 2 is on the way.
"I have a lot of patience," Fisher said. "But more importantly, I have a great husband. Andy does a wonderful job behind the scenes, and I have a great family that supports me, and good people make it happen."
Fisher said she's due on June 19th with a baby boy.
All this week, race fans can watch drivers take practice laps at the Speedway. Tickets are $15, and children 12 and under get in free.