I got back in for the last time with a little less than two hours remaining. The sun had just come out and as the temperature increased the track became very slick. Even on stickers the car was sliding around a lot, especially in the brake zones. With a little more than an hour remaining there was a final full course yellow. We took the opportunity to complete our final pit stop. I took tires and a full load of fuel. We were good to the end of the race.
The Farnbacher car was still three laps ahead, and the third and fourth place cars were about two minutes behind. I knew a flat tire would knock us off the podium, and I also knew that a full course yellow might bunch up the field a cause a shoot out for second place. For both reasons, I decided to baby the tires the rest of the way. The Hoosiers held together, the track stayed green, and we took a hard earned second place finish.
It was great to see the TPC crew perform at higher and higher levels as the race progressed. The guys really stepped up and I like the direction we're headed in going into the shorter races. Manuel, Emil and Nick were all great teammates and did fantastic work in the car. It can be difficult in a long race when one driver is off the pace and everyone else has to push to make it up. We never had that issue as all the guys really pulled their own weight. I don't know how many professional races and twenty-four hour races we have between the four of us, but I can promise we had a very experienced line up and it showed.