Graham Rahal will drive for Sarah Fisher Racing at Barber and St. Petersberg to start the 2010 IndyCar season, according to Curt Cavin and Robin Miller.
Rahal will replace Sarah Fisher in both races.
Fisher has very little experience on non-ovals since her karting days and has been far off the pace in races and at tests.
It was widely assumed that Fisher was running the two non-ovals primarily to qualify her team for league TEAM money, a pool that gets divided by teams who run a minimum number of races. The league also reportedly wanted Fisher herself involved in more races, prompting her twisty drives.
After reportedly turning down a two-year contract with Dale Coyne racing, Rahal and others have been confident he would be in a car for some races. Many in the league have suggested that Rahal's lack of ride somehow "sent the wrong message" to other young American drivers, or was otherwise detrimental to the league.
Fisher stands to land massive publicity for her team by keeping Rahal in the league given the extreme urgency some inside and outside the league felt to get Rahal in a car.Sarah will race seven ovals in 2010: Kansas, Indianapolis, Texas, Iowa, Chicago, Kentucky and Homestead.