By A.J. Foyt
Racing is a sport of highs and lows and the trick is to not get too high or too low or it will drive you nuts. I speak from experience.
My driver Mike Conway knows all about the highs and lows of racing; he had a roller coaster ride this weekend in the Baltimore Grand Prix.
Our ABC Supply Honda was fast right from the start—a combination of a fresh engine (we took a 10-spot grid penalty because of it) and a street course setup that suits Mike’s style. Confident in qualifying, Mike advanced to the Firestone Fast Six for the second time this year (the last time was at Alabama in April).
With less than a minute to go, he popped up to second on the chart and was on his fastest lap when the chicane on Pratt Street—which by the way claimed a lot of victims this weekend—caught him out. Trying to get the pole from Will Power, Mike said he knew when he hit the first part of the chicane that he’d be in trouble on the second half of it. His car flew into the concrete barrier, knocking out the whole left side of the car.
I was upset but I always say, I won’t be as upset as long as my driver is going to the front when he crashes. What really tees me off is crashing when running 20th.