MOUNDS VIEW, Minn. – I sincerely hope everyone had a great Valentine’s Day weekend. Although I’m not super big into Valentine stuff my girlfriend talked me into getting couples’ massages and pedicures. In related news, I’ve been watching the Bachelor every Monday night (I haven’t seen my “man card” since 2013). Now, before you knock it, just read this description of the Bachelor: “20+ unbelievably good looking girls attempt to hook up with some lucky dude (It’s OK, your girlfriend/wife thinks they’re good looking too). Each season comes complete with at least 15 girl fights and two bikini episodes.” I highly recommend everyone gives it a try. Well, I just realized my opening paragraph is basically just a review of my most recent Tweets. It’s time to plunge into some new material.
My 2016 season is already well underway. As you might know by now, I’ll be competing in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires, and I have had five days of testing already with Team Pelfrey. I’ve had some full wet sessions, damp sessions and perfectly dry sessions. I’m already feeling more comfortable at Team Pelfrey than laying on the couch watching Netflix. All the Pelfrey guys and my teammate, Weiron Tan, have been gelling flawlessly. I am seriously stoked to have “Ron” (Weiron) as a teammate. He was extremely quick last year so I know he’s going to bring a lot to the table to help us have an awesome season. Plus, Ron and I have already had a glorious teammate bonding experience when we had a little road trip back to Tampa after testing in Palm Beach. We stopped at Taco Bell and Ron got to experience his first ever “Crunch Wrap Supreme.” We also jammed out to all our favorite childhood songs from the late ’90s and early 2000s. It’s pretty amazing how you can be from completely different parts of the world but music can still bring you together. We are all extremely motivated and are well on our way to a successful first race weekend at St. Pete in a little under a month!
Before then we still have two more private test days and the series test at Barber Motorsports Park. I’m looking forward to continuing to build great relationships within the team to hit the ground running at St. Pete.
I’d like to give a massive thanks to my primary partner Rice Lake Weighing Systems who has been with me for the past three seasons and will continue to support me in 2016. It gives me an extreme amount of pride to be able to represent a company from northern Wisconsin and to see our partnership continue to grow. A huge thanks goes out to all of my supporters for 2016 including Rising Star Racing, PennGrade Motor Oil, The Fred Thomas Resort, Team USA Scholarship, SAFEisFAST.com, Mazda, Cooper Tires, my parents, and all of you!
You guys rock,