We have added not one, but two miles under our belt this season as we kicked off the Indy 500 weekend in Indianapolis, IND. It was a rather tough weekend as I battled with the everchanging track conditions and seemingly misjudged setups. It sucks to say this, but I got a 2nd and a 3rd on a bad weekend – so, I suppose we could consider that a good weekend?
The difficulty was stacked from the onset, as I had both brothers Briar and Bronson in one heat. As the day went on, we had high hopes as I led the packs throughout the semi-finals. The track conditions took a turn for the main event, and it became really fast. I misjudged the setup of my motorcycle yet managed to lead the race early on. Briar ended up dropping the hammer and basically left me spinning for about a lap and a half at the end. It was honestly disappointing after having such a good day, but we sucked it up and got prepared for the next day of racing.
With the second mile underway, the tension was high early on as we, again, struggled with setup. We finally got it going during the last qualifier. During the semi-finals, it was a back to back brawl with Bryan Smith and my teammate Briar Bauman. Everyone had to do double-take to determine who won the semi’s, as Briar and I seemed to have crossed it at the exact same moment. The results weighed in my favor since I had been further ahead in the last race.
The second main event came around and I led nearly 80% of the race and felt pretty in the zone. Yet, as all of us know… one mistake can cost you a race. I slipped the groove and had to fight my way back up the pack to secure a spot on the podium at 3rd place.
All in all, it was a solid weekend with two podiums. Obviously, the goal was to maintain the momentum from the back to back wins from Volusia. But we are back to the drawing board for the next round. There is a weekend off and then we hit the road to Springfield, IL for the two Springfield Miles where I don’t expect anything less than W’s for myself.