I’ve been racing for a while now, and one thing I’ve learned is that everyone, during the course of a season, will have a bad weekend.

To all of my friends and fans, to those fans of Cadillac of southern California, I’m sorry Long Beach was ours.

What started out looking like it might be a decent weekend, ended up being one to forget. But naturally we will remember and use it as motivation for the rest of the season.

As a point of reference, we knew it would be a challenge based on the fact that versus last year when we had a great race with the McLaren, we had been reduced on power, whereas the McLaren was the same, and the Porsche was lighter by 88 pounds and also got some restrictor help.

Still on Friday, in the 50 some odd minutes we had before qualifying we were pretty decent and wound up fifth quick, but everyone was reasonably close.

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