All I ever ask is somebody to give 100 percent, and if I'm never giving 100 percent, I want Ty to kick me and get me going. Our team tries really, really hard and we have got a lot of good guys that have been together for a long time, and like he said, when this deal came about, I've told my guys every day, I told him before the race today in the trailer, look, we are 26 points the out of ten; we can make this Chase on owner's points.
I was like, all we've got to do is win a race, knock out some top fives and top tens and we can do this. And lo and behold, this happened today.
What are you going to say next Sunday or two weeks from now? (Laughter).
You know, and Mark's had some time off and when Mark gets some time off, he comes back like a ball of fire and everybody knows how much Mark Martin loves Indy. We've got a good car we're taking back and some good horsepower under the hood. So hopefully we can keep this ball rolling.
I was going to point this out about four questions ago, but it's amazing that you went to that question because just looked over and I realized that his hat says Mark Martin on it. He has a Mark Martin hat. (Laughter) so Mark Martin, he got sprayed with champagne today. (Laughter).
One thing, Rodney alluded to it, we have not talked a lot about it today, but I just want to thank Mark and Michael as my teammates both for the guidance and mentorship. I talk to Mark a lot over the last couple years and especially a lot right when I first came back and a lot of things I was going through. He's been phenomenal. I've said this several times and I want to say this again.
Gosh, I wish I could have shared a car with him ten years ago. It's been great for me personally and great for this team. He is an amazing man, he's a phenomenal race car driver and I'm honored to be his teammate and nothing would make me happier. I told him at Christmas and I said, man, I said, nothing would make me happier than to win an owner's championship with you; that's my goal this year.
It's in sight. There's no guarantees, but it's in sight.
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