I was kind of relieved was probably my first thought. My dad’s reaction is hard to say. He probably went crazy. I talked to him a little bit and he was pretty wound up and pretty excited.
You’ve been a top racer since 2003. Do you have some lucky tip you’d like to let out right now?
Well if I did, I wouldn’t let it out. I’ve just always really liked the race track, it’s really, really fast and it’s really good, wide-open road. At 200 miles an hour you can really make some moves and wiggle in the passing room. We’ve been fortunate enough to have some decent success.
Have you ever experienced Southern California traffic? That must be very frustrating to be accustomed to driving 200 miles per hour and then get on the 405 freeway at rush hour and going three miles an hour.
Yeah, I’m not so big on the 3-miles-an-hour thing.
What inspired you to race? What keeps you inspired?
I’m just a competitive person. I’ve always loved to race and I love competing. Trying to be the best, I think, keeps me inspired. Nobody can win every week, and trying to accomplish that is probably what keeps me inspired more than anything. Just trying to be the best.
Do you have any tips for the kids who want to be like you and be a race car driver when they grow up?
I always liked looking at race cars and I always liked racing. I just started racing with my dad and became a racing fan. I never dreamed it would turn into a profession, that’s for sure. We just raced as hard as we could at the places we could afford to race at and traveled around a little bit.
Now that you won the 500, do you plan on taking any sort of down time?
No, we just got done with all our breaks so we don’t have much of a break coming up for quite some time. We are going to go to Wisconsin and try to see our families and friends a little bit on an off weekend. Other than that, we just got started again.