INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Sarah Fisher Hartman racing announced today development driver and Roncalli High School senior Kyle O'Gara will made his Firestone Indy Lights debut at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Firestone Freedom 100.
"To race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is, in my opinion, when you can say you've made it," O'Gara said Wednesday. "I couldn't have done it without my family and friends who have helped me get here. It's going to be a special day."
While O'Gara is only 18 and will graduate from high school that same weekend, Fisher feels he's ready for this next step. And she should know, as his sister-in-law, she's been watching him race for a long time.
"For an 18-year-old to run the Freedom 100, it's impressive," said Fisher. "There's a lot of pressure to be put on yourself to do well, but Kyle's won many races last year. He's expecting himself to do just as good."
O'Gara plans to race with Roncalli colors on his helmet as well as a red "R" to show support for his school. He is also expecting a big crowd from his high school to cheer him on at Carb Day for the Freedom 100; one of his sponsors, SportsEvents.com, is giving Roncalli students and faculty tickets to attend.
The race takes place May 24.
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