From our maiden trip to Canada last weekend, this weekend we gear up for a doubleheader at the baking hot Iowa Speedway near Des Moines.
They’ve already warned us to expect scorching temperatures this weekend – and with races on Saturday and Sunday afternoon, it’s going to be hot as hell!
But having raced in steaming hot Supercars on street circuits where it’s scorching – I think I’m as well prepared as I can be!
It will be my first race weekend at Iowa (it wasn’t on the schedule last year) – but we tested there last month and it’s left everyone at Penske confident we can be right on the pace this weekend.
We topped the timesheets at the test – and I immediately felt comfortable at the track.
So it’s left me with a good feeling about what’s to come.
What is to come are two races – and a stack of championship points up for grabs.
We have a 250-lapper Saturday, and a 300-lap marathon Sunday.
I just have a feeling it will be a pivotal weekend for the title fight between everyone of us in the top ten.
Indy 500 winner Marcus Ericsson continues to lead the championship – but he has plenty out after him, including the Penske trio.
Will is second, Josef is fourth, and I’m seventh in the standings – so we’re all gunning for a great couple of races.
Josef in particular is a weapon at this place, having won here three times before.
So I’m like a sponge this week – listening, taking notes and watching and studying everything that has been said and done before from my teammates.
Every single bit helps, especially with how tight the competition is right now!
But the important thing – and I can’t stress this enough, is to have two good results.
It could be enormous for car #3, just as it could be for everyone up and down the lane.
There’s big stakes up for grabs with only seven races left – so it’s GO time for everyone in the field.
This series is so bad ass – it’s sheep stations, and we all know it.
And that’s why I love it.
And from everything I hear from you guys, that’s why you love it as well.
I will say as well what else is hot this weekend, is our new Freightliner livery.
Penske cars always look ridiculously good – but I think this is the best looking car I’ve ever been able to race… so I’ve got to give it a good showing!
Thanks everyone for the support, hopefully you can catch the action across the weekend.
I’ll talk in the aftermath – hopefully with a smile on my face!
Have a good weekend,