Hi everyone!

Next weekend marks the start of the INDYCAR season with the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg! Normally, this would mean the start of my season. But this year, we are already coming off a strong result at Daytona and are now into the second weekend of the IMSA VP Sportscar Championship. I am so excited to get the chance to come back to St. Pete- and for the first time in my career, I get to challenge the streets in a sports car!
 
There have been some changes in our program since the last time I was in the car. Czabok-Simpson Motorsports has been working on adding a second car to their IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge (MPC) lineup, but they were one driver short. And, because the budgets get a bit friendlier in multi-driver series in some circumstances, we changed our original plans. I am going to move up to the top support series in IMSA for multiple races with CSM. This is the IMSA equivalent to Indy NXT/Indy Lights with at least one pro driver (and sometimes two) in most cars. This series includes two classes: the GS Class with GT4 cars and the TCR (touring car) class. Both classes have multiple manufacturers, and ill in the faster of the two classes.
 
I will debut in MPC at Sebring during the Mobil One 12 Hours of Sebring weekend. Our 2-hour race will be late Friday afternoon on March 15th. This will be my first race with a teammate with driver changes and my first pit stops. I am excited to share the #2 car with Gordon Scully who drove the car at Daytona in the Pilot race for CSM.

But before the Sebring race I’ll be racing at St. Pete. When we were deciding our plans for the rest of the season (our agreement with CSM only locked in Daytona), we had several really good options, including in some other sports car series. I really wanted to move up with CSM, but I also wanted to race again in the single-driver IMSA VP Series. Fortunately, I have been given the opportunity by Van Der Steur Racing for the St. Pete weekend (and maybe more in the future). I’ll be in the #82 California Closets/Browning Chapman/Race for RP/IU Simon Cancer Center Aston Martin next weekend with both races on Saturday, March 9th. St. Pete has always been one of my favorite tracks and events, so I am super excited to get back and experience the Aston Martin Vantage GT4 for the first time and learn from a new team.
 
I have a lot of experience in USF cars at St. Pete, so I’m confident that will help. But, the competition will again be fierce. The talent level and number of experienced and successful drivers entered is again pretty deep. I hope to use my track knowledge to my advantage to put together a good result.
 
After St. Pete, I will be back in the Porsche starting at Sebring running at least five Pilot events, including at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the IMSA event in September.
 
And to make St. Pete even more fun, we are hosting several partners in suites at St. Pete including Browning Chapman, Subway of Hobart/Valparaiso, Race for RP and nearly 40 friends from California Closets of Tampa and Southwest Florida. It is always a fun time when our partners hang out with us at the track! California Closets provides custom storage solutions for the whole home (and garage), and I am excited to have them on board as our primary partner at St. Pete! Make sure you check them out at www.californiaclosets.com/

For those interested, here are the times that I will be on track in St. Pete and how you can follow along::


Friday, March 8th:  Practices at 10:25 AM and 12:40 PM; Qualifying at 5:25
Saturday, March 9th:  Race 1 at 10:55; Race 2 at 3:45 (Races 45:00 each)

Both of my races will air live on Peacock with a re-air a couple of weeks later on CNBC of race #2. You can follow along with live timing and scoring here.
 
As always, thanks for the support.

Stay Fast!

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