[Editor's note: This is IndyCar driver Ryan Hunter-Reay's second blog for The Baltimore Sun. It was written before he won the pole for Sunday's race in Edmonton. To see his introductory post, click here.]
Welcome back, everyone. It’s been a great run lately, three consecutive wins and going for four this weekend in Edmonton.
I think the reason behind it is that our team is reaching its potential, to be honest. Early in the season, we knew we were a threat to win races, but we just didn’t quite get it done. Over the last several months, though, we’ve definitely emerged as a threat each and every time we take to the track. I feel like it’s Andretti Autosport just reaching its full potential.
Winning three in a row is certainly special. We feel like we could do better, but three in a row is very hard to do and very special. It’s a dream come true.
For the past few weeks, I feel like I’ve been saying the same things over and over, which is a good position to be in. I’m surrounded by a great team with great people. I’ve been in a position of continuity – with the same group for three years now – and it shows. We’re clicking together with the No. 28 DHL / Sun Drop Chevrolet, and the result is three consecutive victories.
It’s nice to see the hard work paying off. From where we were at Indy in 2011 – when we failed to make the field – to where we are now is amazing. We knew this team had this type of potential, and now we’re proving it.
When we had two in a row, I thought that was pretty special. But then we won at Toronto and made it three. This weekend, we’ll be trying to do the same thing – win on a street course in Canada. Edmonton is very different from Toronto, which was a tight, narrow street circuit. Edmonton, which is set at City Centre Airport, has a bit more room, but it’s still a difficult, demanding street course.
The way I see it, as long as we qualify in the top five or six on Saturday, we’ll be in position to win. We just need to be solid right now, and I believe we can do that.
But that doesn’t mean we’re getting ahead of ourselves. True, we’re leading the IZOD IndyCar Series standings, but we know how quickly things can change.
In fact, if you go back and look at our season, it shows that we haven’t had the greatest of luck. Without two mechanical failures that cost us dearly earlier in the season, we could be in even better shape than we are now. We know how fragile this lead is, and we know we have to continue to perform during these final five races to have a shot to win the championship.
If we just finish out the season like we did last year, we can win this championship. From Edmonton on, we just need to be steady. That’s our goal, and I think it’s achievable. By the time we get to the Grand Prix of Baltimore on Labor Day weekend, we want to be in position to win it.
But we’re well aware that the depth of talent in this league is unbelievable and that things can change very fast. We’re expecting it to be tough. Hopefully we’ll be there fighting at the end.
Here we are, right in the thick of it. Our goal now is to make the most of it. I certainly hope you’re able to join us.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun