Over the Thanksgiving holiday I took time to reflect on what is most important to me and realized I need to find a way to put the fun back into racing.
Leaving a great organization and a lucrative contract is not easy, but it allows me to take a deep breath and work on things that can make me a better driver and a better person.
You really don't put a value on your first win, it is priceless no matter where you are.
I also appreciate the lasting friendships I've made while working with our great sponsors through the years, including Miller Lite, Shell and Dodge.
Is my strike zone bigger than others? Yeah. It might be bigger than others, but I don't have a problem with it.
You know, it's just a matter of working through the pitfalls sometimes and working through the challenges that lie ahead.
I just always dreamed of racing cars, but I didn't think I could do it as a living.
This is fun. This is entertainment, right guys?
Each driver has their own identity and from one week to another, normally it stays the same.
That's what I try to do each and every week is give my best effort and not give up, no matter what comes at us.
There are going to be little victories that we claim, even if it's finishing 15th and putting the car back in hauler without a scratch on it.
Newman and I were friends. We were great teammates, and he needs to check his trophy case on that Daytona 500 trophy I helped him get years ago.
I am grateful to Penske Racing for six very productive years. Together we won a lot of races - 16 in all. I'm proud that we won on a variety of tracks.
Just a ton of excitement, and the way the guys are together on this, they're looking at me to grow and to learn, and I'm looking at them to grow and to learn.
That's what race fans love to see. That's what they bought this ticket for. That's what they're sitting in the grandstands rooting on their favorite driver for is to see him get out there, mix it up clean and bring it home just like we were, third and fourth.
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