I was a bit disappointed about not being able to drive on Monday because of the rain. I was looking forward to doing more laps and continuing my learning curve at Indianapolis. At the same time, maybe it was good to have a free day to think about the laps that I did and to go back and think about what I can do better. So, it was not as negative as some people might say.
Also, I was able to spend time with my family. Both of my parents are here with me, along with my brother and my little niece. It was very nice to be around them since I have not had much time to spend with them lately with all my racing. I also went and bought my first set of golf clubs, which makes me very happy. Now I will have something to do in Indy when I am not racing. But, obviously, my main focus still was on what was going to be my second practice day – today.
It was great day. I came to the track at 9 a.m. to do some PR things. Our first team meeting was all about making sure we understood that today was not about the speed. We didn't care about the time chart. We actually turned off the TV scoring monitors and just concentrated on our list of things the team wanted to try on the car, to make sure we have as much information as possible. That's exactly what we did. Every outing, we were trying little stuff without the pressure of trying to reach a certain speed. We just wanted to test different components on the car, and I even tried different helmets to see what would help me, because on the first day I had a bit of a problem with my helmet wanting to lift off my head at high speed.
At the end of the day, we wanted some speed and set up the car with that in mind. We were one of the fastest on our own in those last Happy Hour runs. That was exactly what we wanted to see. We had that in our minds and now we know we are there. We still have a good list to go through and some more speed to gain, but I am happy. And, we are keeping safe and bringing the car home.
I did have my first "moment" in the car during Happy Hour in Turn 1 on new tires. It was a good learning process and, for me, not a negative. It helped me to understand what a loose Indy car feels like around Indianapolis.
As I said in my last column, my next goal was to go over 220mph, which we did. As a team, we wanted to work through our checklist, which we did. Tomorrow, it is time to start looking for the speed. We want to be on the first page of the timing and scoring TV tomorrow. That's our goal.