We’re back on track this weekend after a few weeks of R & R.
After a really busy month and a bit – it’s been nice to take a breather.
Karly and I got back to New York to see her family, and my folks are still here – so it’s been great to show them around the place.
I can see the old boy putting a few kilos on by the week eating American food!
So it’s been a nice break, but we’re ready to go this weekend at Mid Ohio.
It’s a cool weekend to be racing here in the USA – being July 4 weekend – and they’re predicting a wild and full crowd, which should be heaps of fun.
The crowds IndyCar is pulling this year has been phenomenal, and awesome to see – especially after the last year or so dealing with COVID – and since the 500 the attendances have been enormous.
IndyCar is doing a lot of great things right now – and we’re on main stream TV over here this weekend so it’s a huge opportunity for the sport.
Now it’s up to us to hunt another great result.
Round 1 at St Pete feels like a million years ago – and I want to get back on the podium – and hopefully we can do that this weekend.
I love the track – it’s long and sweeping and there’s run off which makes you more committed to having a crack.
It’s such a wild place – the elevation changes are massive – there’s serious high speed corners, plus enough tight stuff to make overtaking possible.
It’s a real favourite for both the drivers and the race fans.
I think we’ll be OK as well.
Obviously it’s a place where the team has had a lot of success – Josef Newgarden got the win here this time last year – so we’re reasonably optimistic.
We’re on track Friday for opening practice – so we have time to work our way into the weekend, with qualifying simply crucial on Saturday.
We’ve been spending heaps of time on that to be better and give ourselves the best shot in the race on Sunday.
I think we got a bit of confidence back last start at Road America with a solid top ten finish (7th) – so I’m feeling good.
We sit ninth in the standings – Will Power is second, Josef is third – and we’re all chasing the 500 winner Marcus Ericsson.
So it’s game on.
I can’t wait to get back in the car and give it everything and hopefully grab a trophy for my #3 crew.
Qualifying back home is early Sunday morning, with the race early Monday morning.
I’ll report back then.
Let’s have ourselves a good weekend!
Thanks for the support,