7.30.2012 (Via RACER) – Since I last wrote, things have taken a real upswing in Andretti Autosport's Star Mazda Series team. The Comfort Revolution No. 88 car has been fast on all types of track, which is what we've been looking for all along; that consistency that makes us potential winners every time we race.
Edmonton was fun, but it was a little more difficult to pass than I expected. I thought with the long straights it would be a little easier to draft, but in fact when it came to outbraking someone, you kind of had to just throw it in there. Part of the problem is the closeness of the competition: that track is pretty wide open for a Star Mazda car, so me and my teammate Zach Veach qualified 1-2 and he was only five thousandths of a second off of my time, and I think the top 10 was spread over just half a second.
The first race was pretty crazy with the rain arriving and so we had to make our first-ever pit stop, which was…interesting! We'd never practiced them before so we didn't have a routine, as such; it just about getting four slick tires off and four rain tires on as fast as possible. We came in first but left second, so maybe we need to practice because Trois-Rivieres could see us running in the wet again.
Still, pole and two second places isn't a bad points haul from the double-header – it was more consistent than anyone else, so we made up some ground in the championship and we know we were capable of winning. That gives us all confidence. But it was disappointing that we didn't get into victory lane like we did at Iowa.
That was a special event at Iowa Speedway; the same weekend that Michael Andretti's IndyCar team scored a 1-2, I was really happy to give the boss a win in Star Mazda, too. In fact, it was perfect because I got pole and fastest lap and any time you leave a track with the maximum points you could achieve, you consider it a job well done.
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