It’s now the middle of March, and for the ROUSH Performance road racing team, the 2011 season is already well underway. Just like last year, we had a rocky start to the year at Daytona. Due to an early crash, we were unable to finish the race. This was a shame because we were very fast and could have been contending for the lead at the end.
Oh well, there will always be the “could have been”‘s and “what if”‘s. It’s hard to be too discouraged at this start. Last year, we did have that first DNF, but it was followed by a very strong line of contentions, podiums, and wins through the remainder of the season. With my co-driver, Billy Johnson and our crew, headed by Jeff Campey and Brad Francis, I know that we can do the same this year, and we intend on improving over the run that we had in 2010.
Now, the race at Homestead was a completely different story from Daytona. Just like with Daytona, we were very fast here. I qualified second, and that’s exactly where we finished when the checkered flag dropped. I have to hand it to Billy. He had a engine problem that he was dealing with while moving up the board. That’s a tall order both in terms of driving technique and in keeping your cool. Next up for the Continental Tire Series is Barber. I personally love this track. Designed for motorcycle racing, it feels like a gokart track to me. The first time that our team raced here, we finished third, and that was with an early pit stop due to a loose wheel. The second time we raced here (last year), we finished second. We’re shooting to keep this trend going in 2011.
Above, I specifically said that the next “Continental Tire” race is Barber, but that’s not actually our next race. The next race that Billy and I will be competing in is a gokart race at Kart2Kart on March 31st. Don’t let this fool you. This two hour enduro will be every bit as intense as a televised road course event. Stay tuned for the results for the ROUSH Performance road racing team at Barber (and K2K)!