The stakes are just massive for us as we gear up for the third last event of the Indycar Championship this weekend in Illinois.
It’s the final oval of the year at Worldwide Technology Raceway – and it’s crunch time.
We sit sixth in the points and we’ve had a good past few races – so we have some momentum to work with a few days out from the race.
Last start at Nashville was really promising – pole and a second behind Scott Dixon was a great confidence lifter.
Our past month has been seriously solid – race #2 at Iowa, Indianapolis and then Nashville were great for our points.
I want to still have a swing at winning this year’s title… and if we can’t win it I want to try and finish as high up in the standings as possible.
So that makes this weekend crucial.
Right now we cannot afford a bad result – so that’s where all my focus is right now.
We just need to be perfect from opening practice and qualifying on Friday, right through to the unique Saturday night race.
But the good news for us is we finish on three tracks I really enjoy.
We’ve got the oval this weekend and then Portland and Laguna Seca – two serious old school race tracks which I love, so we’re in with a great shot.
Will Power leads the championship – but it’s so close, and Josef Newgarden and I are both right in the mix – so it’s going to be some sort of wild finish to this season!
Every time I’ve been here at Gateway we’ve had a good run – and the Penske cars are always good here, so fingers crossed.
But it’s IndyCar… so anything can happen!
And you know it probably will…
We just need to firstly qualify well and then have a slice of luck in the race. But I feel good.
We’ve been chipping away and we need a big finish to our second season in the sport.
We’ll be giving it our all.
We’re back in the Odyssey Battery colours this weekend – the last time it brought us good luck with victory at Mid Ohio, so we’ll see how we go.
A reminder – we have a Saturday race here – so it’s Sunday morning back home in Australia and New Zealand.
Thanks all for the support and messages.
Talk to you after the race!