This weekend is Rounds 7 & 8 of the 2016 Formula Car Challenge Championship presented by Goodyear at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, CA. This race marks the halfway point in the season. So far, the season has been filled some exciting moments, thrilling finishes, and wheel to wheel passes. It's certainly been a strong first half for team 24! Keeping the momentum rolling will be key this weekend as we have a stacked field for this weekend's races.
Sonoma raceway will be an exciting one as this is the track where my hero, Jeff Gordon has been successful. This is arguably his best track, and he leads the all-time list with the most wins at this track in NASCAR history. It would be really incredible to put my 24 car in victory lane this weekend.
I learned a lot about passing and racing with others from the last two rounds at Thunderhill. Passing will be very important this weekend, as this track has only two realistic passing zones. In order to prepare myself for overtaking, I have been training on Iracing, watching some videos, and asking former racers who raced here for advice. I believe the driver who can deal with lap traffic the best and overtake at the right points will win this race.
My goal for this weekend is to bring my confidence and excel with this championship. I have been working on a lot of things mentally and physically, and feel like I am in a better place mentally than I was in May. I feel confident, assertive, and focused. Physically, I have never been better. I feel as though my physical fitness just gets better and better as the season wears on. With this new found mental and physical strength, I plan on sweeping the weekend at Sonoma!