Saturday, June 16, 2012

Live from Trackside - Milwaukee IndyFest

Saturday, June 16
4:30 p.m.
Well, it was a challenging race like it always is here at the Milwaukee Mile, but all credit goes to the Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing team. The guys did a good job in the pits, and they kept making the car better for me on the track. We got a little unlucky with one of those yellows and went a lap down. It was a good result as far as positive momentum, building back up and getting a clean finish. Now we'll focus on getting the No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen car ready for next weekend in Iowa!

8:00 a.m.
It's race day at the Milwaukee Mile! A little cloudy this morning but the sun's trying to peek out. Should stay dry for the race.

I have a live TV shot, drivers meeting and autograph session this morning before suiting up for the race. Like I said last night, I think we have a good race car so if we stay focused, we could come out with a good result later today.

Friday, June 15
6:15 p.m.
Well, we didn't have the best luck with qualifying today. We qualified 21st but we'll start 18th tomorrow, due to the grid penalties taken into account.

We worked really hard on the race car all day and focused mostly on race set up. I know we have a really good race car. So if we stay smart, stay clean and make good pit stops there’s no reason we can’t be in top-15, and with a little bit of luck we’ll be in the top-10 tomorrow.

From the spotters' stand.

11:40 a.m.
We had a pretty good first session on track. We're mostly working on race setup and were able to make a lot of changes during practice. We still have another practice before qualifying, but we'll be focusing on race setup again for the most part, and work on qualifying if we get the chance. We're last to qualify... Which could be good or bad! We'll have to wait and see.

Practice at The Mile
8:30 a.m.
Just arrived at the Mile for the day. It looks like it'll be a warm, sunny day... hopefully we have a lot of fans coming out to enjoy practice and qualifying (and, of course, the zip line and ferris wheel)!

Here's my schedule for the weekend (all times local/Central). You can follow along with timing and scoring here.

10-11 a.m. Practice
1:15-2:15 p.m. Practice
4-5:15 p.m. Qualifying
5:45-6:30 p.m. Novo Nordisk FlexPen Tunnel appearance (IndyCar Fan Village, infield)

9:15-10:15 a.m. IndyCar drivers autograph session (IndyCar Fan Village, infield)
12 p.m. Race! (Live on ABC)

Thursday, June 14
9:26 a.m.
Hitting the road this morning for the drive from Indy to Milwaukee. Any road trip playlist suggestions?

Congrats to the Milwaukee IndyFest grandstand ticket winner Allen! Thanks to everyone who shared a memory of their dad on my Facebook wall. And happy Father's Day weekend to all of the dads out there! Make sure you're following me on Twitter (@racewithinsulin)... there's another giveaway coming your way soon, this time for race credentials.

After a rough end to my race in Texas, I'm looking forward to getting back on track. I love the challenge that the Milwaukee Mile presents to IndyCar teams and drivers. Without a lot of banking, there's not a lot of room for error. And it creates some of the best racing all season. Passing is always challenging and the racing is so intense, which makes it fun for us on track. The Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing team will be working hard this weekend to add to our top-10 finishes and gain back some championship points.

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