At 19 years of age, Fisher became the youngest woman to qualify for the Indianapolis 500. She became the first woman to win a pole position for a major open-wheel race when she qualified fastest for the 2002 Belterra Casino Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway. Her lightning-quick lap of 221.390 mph remains the fastest lap on record at that track. After compiling the most Indianapolis 500 starts of any woman in history, Fisher struck out as a team owner in the IZOD IndyCar Series when she formed Sarah Fisher Racing in 2008. The team scored its first victory in October 2011 with driver Ed Carpenter, and Fisher became the first female team owner to win a race in the IZOD IndyCar Series.
Gulley is a Quaker pastor, writer, and speaker. He has written 17 books and received two Emmy Awards for his work hosting “Porch Talk with Phil Gulley” and “Across Indiana.” His books include the acclaimed Harmony series of novels chronicling life in the eccentric Quaker community of Harmony, Ind., and the bestselling Porch Talk series. Other writings include the memoir I Love You, Miss Huddleston: And Other Inappropriate Longings of My Indiana Childhood; If Grace Is True and If God Is Love, co-authored by James Mulholland; followed by If the Church Were Christian and The Evolution of Faith, which propose a fresh direction for Christianity. In 2010 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by his alma mater, Christian Theological Seminary.
Baker, Jr. was born Dec. 21, 1931, in Indianapolis. He is distinguished professor of music and chairman of the jazz department at the Indiana University School of Music. An award-winning performer, composer, and educator, he is the recipient of many honors, including the National Association of Jazz Educators Hall of Fame Award, the National Endowment for the Arts American Jazz Masters Award, the Indiana Historical Society’s Living Legend Award, and an Emmy Award for his musical score for the PBS documentary “For Gold and Glory,” about African-American race car drivers in the 1920s. He is the conductor and artistic director of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and has performed all over the world with bands that featured Quincy Jones, Stan Kenton, Maynard Ferguson, and Lionel Hampton. His compositions, which include jazz, symphonic, and chamber works, total more than 2,000 in number.
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