I’m thrilled to be able to tell you about the news that I have signed a new long term deal to stay at Team Penske.
It’s a deal we had agreed on for a couple of months – and finally put pen to paper leading into this weekend’s season finale at Laguna Seca.
So I’m over the moon as you would imagine.
It’s been the best year already with our three wins – and now we can have a real crack at the title this weekend.
We know we’re wild outsiders – but we’ll be having a serious crack!
The boss Tim Cindric was so kind with the comments he made today about bringing me to the States – and then with the progress we’ve made.
They stuck by me – especially last year when it was a school of hard knocks in my rookie season.
It was a big gamble to come over and take on this gig… and there were times I feared I’d made the wrong decision to head to the USA.
I mean we came over to run open wheelers when I’d never even driven them before – and last year was BRUTAL… but it’s so satisfying to see the hard work this year had paid off.
We’ve exceeded our expectations by a mile – which makes me so proud.
A bunch of podiums.
And now we sit top five in the title fight with a live chance to win the championship ahead of this weekend’s find round.
I’m proud to be a part of the Team Penske powerhouse – it’s an unbelievably impressive setup – I love showing people around the workshop and seeing their jaws hit the ground at the enormity of the place, and how magnificent it is.
And to have had so much success – firstly with DJR Team Penske back home in Supercars – and now to show that we belong in IndyCar, is just the best.
This is my dream – and you all know how much fun I’m having over here.
It’s the absolute best racing on earth – and Karly and I are enjoying every single second of it.
But by no means are we content – or do we think we’ve made it.
My passion is to win a championship in this series with this team, and then I want to win an Indianapolis 500 for Roger to add to his collection.
And I won’t stop until it’s done!
I can’t thank Roger Penske and Tim Cindric for all they’ve done for me.
Thanks for all the messages since the news dropped.
I’m thrilled to bits with how it’s all worked out – and now I simply can’t wait to jump in the car and get rolling this weekend.
My teammates Will Power & Josef Newgarden are more likely to vie for the title – but if they have any issues, then we will be there to pounce.
We’re 41 points behind so I know we need a few things to go our way – but we just have to be try and score maximum points and give ourselves a shot.
I’d love another weekend like we just had at Portland!
We just have to be at our best in all of our sessions, keep it clean, qualify well and then race as hard as possible to try and be up the front.
It’s a great race track Laguna Seca – about as close to Mount Panorama as I anything I’ve seen.
We’ll give it all we’ve got and see where we land.
Hope you enjoy the race – Monday time back home.
I’ll talk afterwards,