The more things change, the more they stay the same, right?
Since last we spoke, we’re still running the Eseries, and still waiting for racing to return to normal.
And the good news after Michigan, we’re still doing some winning – which is pleasing!
We got the win in the final race on Wednesday night on the back of two podiums in the penultimate round of the Supercars All-Stars Eseries, to take the round win.
The experience I’ve been able to grab running speedways in the IndyCar Eseries certainly helped at Michigan – the ovals are just so much fun, and so damn frantic.
Every corner of every lap of every race you are on the edge of crashing yourself, or into someone else – which is what was happening all around us!
I’m so lucky to drive for Team Penske and have the likes of TJ Majors who helps guide me through the chaos – he’s been there, done that a million times before – so he’s the perfect man to have in my ear.
We still sit second in the title fight with the final round to come – but catching Shane van Gisbergen will be a serious challenge.
Like Race 3 on Wednesday, we’ll probably need some luck to go our way, and misfortune to go his – to have any shot at claiming the crown.
Either way, I’m not stressing too much.
The All Stars Eseries has been a great thing for the sport, whoever wins the title.
To be able to still showcase our racing, and in turn show off our sponsors has been a Godsend for everyone up and down our pitlane.
These are tough times, and I feel terribly for a good mate, Will Davison who has lost his ride with the end of 23Red Racing.
I hope he gets a slice of luck he needs to get a drive later in the year as a wildcard or enduro drive at Bathurst.
As for the Eseries – we run next week at Oran Park and Mount Panorama to complete the season.
I won’t lie, it’ll be a relief to steer well clear of my sim once next Wednesday is done.
I’ve basically lived in the thing since COVID-19 hit – my wife is a very patient woman to allow me to have done as much racing as I’ve been able to.
Still, we’ve had some great results.
To win at Indianapolis and take out the IndyCar iRacing crown was really cool.
Look, I KNOW it’s only virtual racing – but to get a win at Indy, with all that it stands for, for my team and obviously for Roger Penske – was still unbelievable.
I’m just pleased that pretty soon we can be back in my real race car – man, I’ve missed the #17 Mustang. It’s felt like an eternity since qualifying at Albert Park – so I can’t wait for the end of the month when we can go racing at Sydney Motorsport Park.
I’ll have more on the resumption of the Supercars season as we get closer.
For now, I’m bloody thrilled that we finally have live sport to watch.
I’ve been binging on NASCAR, and have loved to see NRL back, and I can’t wait to see my good buddy Jack Riewoldt kick off the AFL resumption next Thursday night against Collingwood.
Look after yourselves, seeya on Wednesday.