Zionsville Times Sentinel

October 16, 2013

Zionsville man gets ride of his life

By Brenda L. Holmes
For the Times Sentinel

Speedway — Rising early on a Monday morning, Oct. 14, to stand in line for race tickets paid off for Mike Albert, of Zionsville, who was the first fan to buckle up for a ride with IndyCar Series team owner Sarah Fisher in her two-seat race car.

Fisher was on hand at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to help with opening day ticket sales for the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis. While there, the former IndyCar driver also gave race fans rides in the two-seater, and Albert was the first to take a spin.

“It was great,” Albert said. “It’s a totally different feel and a little bit of a rough ride.”

He said dodging Monday morning traffic with Fisher was a unique experience that he wouldn’t trade.

Fisher said she loves being a part of the racing community and loves visiting with fans.

“I like spending time with the fans,” she said. “And in racing, they really have a lot more access to us. And it’s so important that we spend time with them.”

Albert said he got up early to be one of the first people in line at IMS to get tickets for the new race.

“It was well worth getting up early,” he said. “I’m very excited about the new race.”

See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.