There is nothing quite like the feeling that comes with a win. It’s not so much that the pressure to do well as a woman in a male-dominated sport is relieved. The pressure itself isn’t as bad as you might think anyway. The support system here at DSR is fantastic; I couldn’t ask for it to be any better than it is.
They help absorb a lot of that pressure, so come Race Day, I don’t feel like I have the weight of the world bearing down on me. When you’ve seen great drivers and teams get it done despite the pressure, as I have, you don’t feel like your reinventing the wheel.
It’s easy to say it, but we do; we race one round at a time. The conditions out there were varying all weekend long, and that's why my hats and kudos go off to Todd Okuhara, my crew chief, for finding what was right and wrong and adjusting to it. Yeah, you want to win every race, but this one was very special in a lot of ways.
No, it doesn’t have anything to do with ending a slump. Not winning becomes a ‘slump’ if you decide to look at it as one. Part of our philosophy here is always to maintain a completely positive mindset. Not winning will get you down, but only if you let it.
Instead of doing that, we take the positives that come with every race. When you continuously drive and push each other, as we do at DSR, you gain more. We know that we are capable. With the drive, determination, and a never-say-die attitude good things will happen.
Being a woman and winning in a sport traditionally dominated by men is nice, but it isn’t something I focus on. I don’t look at doing well in the sport being something unique because I’m a woman. The other women in the sport and I just so happen to be doing something that men have been incredibly great at.
Seeing the hard work and effort that the team puts in makes this win special. But having a young lady, Luci, with us all weekend makes it even better.
Lucy’s got her wish granted through the Make-A-Wish Foundation and said she wanted to spend the weekend with us racing.
Technically, Luci’s wish to spend a weekend with us was granted. But really, we were the ones that won out being blessed with her presence.
True to both our words, she was with me for every car warm up, fuel up, interview, fan signing, Durango hangs, superstitions, fist pumps, helmet hand over. She was in the pits, with the fuel, in the tow vehicle with the guys from first thing in the morning until the end. She did it all.
If you want to talk about attitude, she has carried the attitude for the team the entire weekend. For her to be upbeat and positive about her condition and be out there in the heat anyway—this one’s for her and the Ronny Thames Foundation.
Every win is a special win, and I couldn’t do it without the support of my team, my family, my friends, and, of course, the fans.
Thank you—all of you.