A crazy weekend in Baltimore
Wow, so I’m just now starting to relax after my crazy weekend in Baltimore. It started early for me this year with a visit to Morgan State University with my sponsor AREVA.
I got to meet the lieutenant governor of Maryland and talk with students and vets about STEM careers. I also went with them to the Bluford Drew Jemison STEM Academy, where we met with seventh- and eighth-graders to talk about how science, technology, engineering and math are used in racing. Boy, they were a smart group of kids.
As much as I like to talk to kids about STEM, I couldn’t wait to get on the track. I really love the Baltimore circuit. We expected it to be bumpy, and that’s exactly what it was. Cars were flying everywhere. I didn’t think I got much air, but apparently photos show that I did.
We had some real issues with brakes all weekend and didn’t qualify very well (19th), but the track really suits the way I drive, so I was still excited about the race.
We ended up starting 17th because a couple of cars changed engines. I moved all the way up to 12th by Lap 5 and into 10th by the end of Lap 13. It was fun!
The team did a great job in the pits all day. I got bumped a few times and got stuck in one of the crashes and had to get my front wing changed, but I managed to stay out of trouble after that.
I had some really good restarts and worked my way back through the field to finish fifth. That’s my best finish so far this season. It was a crazy race, but I really had fun.
Oh yeah, it was also my birthday on Sunday. One of my sponsors had a party for me after the race. I got lots of great gifts and really enjoyed myself.
After the party I met up with my crew and had some more fun. We stayed up way later than I normally do on a race weekend, but it was great. I thought turning 25 would be awful, but it turns out it was a pretty good day after all.