Now the road courses are over and done with, it’s time for us to knuckle down and figure out this 1.5mile oval car. 190 mph flat out banked oval racing in packs is thrilling stuff and you need to keep your wits about you at all times because everybody will generally stay in a big bunch and constantly be dicing for position. You also need a good car to be fast in clean air and stay flat out in traffic. And that’s what we as a team had to develop.
I’m not pleading poverty though. I’ve probably harped on about the disadvantages we’ve faced as a team from the outset enough already. The reality is I’m more than pleased with what Derrick and his team have provided me with at each race and the chances I’ve had to really race hard against a lot of good drivers and teams. I knew at the beginning of the year the advantages of being with Walker Racing would always far outweigh any disadvantages.
Chicago was a really solid weekend us. Qualifying 11th showed again that some of these Lights teams know something about Qualifying that we don’t. I don’t think it comes down to engineering ability, I know I have a really good engineer, it’s just they’ve ran this car for nearly 10years already and we are new.