When I was here in this room in August last year, Jeff Gordon had won and I asked him, what's the win like, and he said, you never know when your next win is going to come, and he really was savoring it. Can you talk a little about the feeling and about momentum; is there that monkey off your back? What's the feeling right now?
Yeah, you know, we hoped that's the case. I think we know the issues and why we have been struggling a little bit. We have not had dominance as some of the other teams. I think what you've got to look at is that when we have equal equipment to all the other teams out there, our record is pretty damn good.
We maybe got a little lax in some areas and some other people, as well, so I think we are definitely pushing as much as possible. But when you get in these tough moments, yeah, you think, well, maybe I won't win another race. But you know, when you are with a good team and you've had a good sort of track record before, it's just great to work things out and make sure that you can get back into the groove of things.
For me, it's the first time I had ever been to the circuit. I had obviously seen it many times on TV and watched Cup races, as well, but to come here for the first time, just the sheer size of the track, seems bigger than Indy, I don't know why; maybe with so many grandstands around it, but turn one is fantastic.
And the support that we had here today for the first time back, the fans and everybody that were out here were knowledgeable people; and people from the Watkins Glen area and some of the other racetracks and Nazareth where I got my first win, you know, five years ago or something silly.
So excited, super excited and just hope that we can, as I say, carry this momentum and have some more great results.
Seems that July and August is when you hit your stride, especially with Mid‑Ohio coming up in a couple weeks. What is it about this time of year when it gets real hot and humid and you just seem to shine?
I don't know. Obviously it's the first time we've been here, so it's not a traffic preference thing. I hope that at Mid‑Ohio we have our typical tendency to do well here.
Super excited for next week, and Toronto also is going to create some great racing. And we had a pretty decent run at Detroit even with all the problems that we had. I don't know; I wish we started the year a little more positive and we wouldn't have to work so hard in the summer months. But I think that we have a lot of good racetracks coming up.
Helio has still got a sizable lead in the championship. We are 65 or so points or so out off the lead, sitting at fourth. I think to make second is definitely achievable, but to start making some serious in‑roads on Helio, we need him to have a couple of bad races here. Not wishing any bad luck on him, but that's what we will need.
Considering the crazy and poor results we've had throughout the year, it's still astonishing that we are fourth in the championship.