While every race weekend challenges you in its own unique way, there are some race weekends that really put you to the test.
I knew this week was going to be a tough one with the heat and running in two series, but it’s that challenge that makes racing fun!
Watkins Glen is a demanding track and puts on such a great show for the fans and competitors.
I raced with Corey Lewis in the No. 29 Lamborghini Super Trofeo for two 50-minute races, and with Bryan Sellers for the main event, a six-hour endurance race.
Practice in the Super Trofeo didn’t go great; actually it didn’t go at all for me as the first session was raining pretty hard so we decided not to leave the trailer.
The second session it was still wet but Corey got in the car for a couple of laps to verify everything was good on the car before qualifying so we had minimal time in the car before the race.
I think we needed a little more practice time to get the car up to speed before the race, but I am still proud of what Corey and I were able to pull off without it.
In the middle of all of the Super Trofeo madness I still had my WeatherTech Championship car to drive.
Bryan and I opted to only have two drivers for the race even though it would be incredibly hot.
We had much more on-track time with the No. 48 and I’m already more comfortable in that car, so it allowed me to focus more on my driving and less on the car itself.
The schedule was tight between the two series but the extra seat time was great.
The hardest part of racing is you get a very small allotment of time to actually drive the track and commit it to muscle memory. Simulators are good for getting the layout of the track, but they don’t let you really feel it.
By running an extra series I can spend just that little bit of extra time testing lines and breaking points that inadvertently could win me the race.
I walked away from the weekend with one trophy and a five-race podium streak, so I can’t complain.
I won’t be in the Super Trofeo car again until Road America but in the meantime I’ll be competing at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park this weekend.
We’ve had a great season this far, and everyone had done a great job to keep this momentum going.
The No. 86 car has really kept us on our toes this year, and we keep to keep our streak of consistency going. That’s how you win championships.