The whole team -- and our track equipment -- cleared customs Monday night from Japan to get ready for this weekend's race in Kansas City. By far the hardest part was getting our bodies to regroup after our internal clocks were set on Japan time, which is 13 hours ahead of Eastern time. Luckily for me, my first thing Tuesday wasn't until noon: my hair appointment!
My off day didn't last long as it was full of cleaning and laundry; I'm getting pretty domestic, ya know. I even sewed the AAMCO patch on my uniform myself this past weekend. My cooking is really coming along, too. My favorite food spoil is sushi. A week of that in Japan had my trainer's head spinning, so working out Tuesday afternoon wasn't all that fun. I can't move today.
My Wednesday consisted of giving my morning to my trainer. Then we shot AAMCO radio commercials to finish out the day. We were originally going to jet to L.A. to shoot these, but with my busy schedule, it was more conducive to tape them here in Indy. Broad Ripple has a great studio that we have used quite often, including where we shot the AAA Hoosier Insurance radio advertisements. Have you heard them yet?
We have a handful of media commitments and appearances Thursday and Friday to promote the Kansas Lottery Indy 300. I really like Kansas, and I think it is a track we will do well on. A lot of people say it is similar to Kentucky Speedway, but I feel there are some major differences I remember from the last time I was at Kansas in 2003. Mechanical grip is really important for this 1.5-mile tri-oval because it is more of a setup track than some of the other tracks we visit. The elevation changes can come with a surprise as the banking is more different.
I'm really excited about the race being in April, first of all because it gives us another race under our belt before Indy, and secondly, it won't be as hot like in years past when the race was in the summer. When I raced there in the past, I remember always looking for shade and trying to stay cool as much as possible. It will be nice to enjoy the pleasant spring weather with the fans.
I expect the weather to be really nice as I'll be sporting my new TAG Heuer Sport Vision sunglasses! Who doesn't love getting new things? I'll also have my new purse with me this weekend -- I'll be premiering it!
The fans in Kansas remind me of the fans in Japan. The locals have always been very interested in our racing, and that really excites me. The race has always been sold out, too, so I hope to see a great crowd at the autograph session Friday night and of course for the race on Sunday.
All the folks from AAMCO will also be at the race in Kansas. I'm really excited to meet the rest of the team. They have begun sponsoring the pole award, which is really exciting for our program. It's thrilling when new sponsors enter the series and believe in helping it grow.
This will be the final stint in our travels until June, minus a few promotional appearances, of course. The guys have been working really hard, and we've been going full bore since March!
The Kansas Speedway race is sponsored by the Kansas Lottery. Maybe we'll be the lucky ones to hit the draw. Look and see if we get our numbers right on Sunday (4:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2).
For now, wishful thinking ...
IRL IndyCar Series driver Sarah Fisher drives the Dreyer & Reinbold Racing No. 5 Dallara/Honda. She is providing a diary to ESPN.com. For more on Sarah, go to www.sarahfisher.com.