You don’t have to look far to find a saying that tells you how you should act when something happens to you like missing the playoffs in a sport you’ve made your life. You hear so many these days they’re almost cliché, but the thing is, most of them are true.
There’s the one about how many times you fall down vs. how many times you get up. Henry Ford once said “The short successes that can be gained in a brief time and without difficulty are not worth much” and you can see how his strategy played out. I’m in Dearborn, Mich. this week to talk about the products that are coming out with his name on them – 111 years after he won the race that got enough attention and capital for him to found Ford Motor Company, after going bankrupt.
So in the grand scheme of things, six years into my racing career really isn’t a long time. Just ask John Force. He raced for 12 years before he won an NHRA championship.
Still, when you put your heart and soul into something like this Motorcraft/Quick Lane team does, it’s easy to forget that sometimes you just have to wait and keep working hard, knowing that sooner or later the odds will fall your way.
In the meantime, we’re ready to attack the last six races of the year and bring home a few Wallys along the way.
After Indianapolis, my guys drove straight to Rhode Island for the 16th-annual Tasca Ford Mustang Car Show, to benefit the Rhode Island Food Bank. More than 250 cars showed up and we raised a ton of food for the families in the area, so that was a good way of putting what had happened in Indy into perspective for us.
I have to thank John Force and Tim Wilkerson for coming out and entertaining the fans. Everyone had a good time.
My team and I fired up our Motorcraft/Quick Lane car at the car show and, at home, boiled some lobster and played football to blow off some steam
Now we’re ready to race in Charlotte, N.C., Dallas, St. Louis and Reading, Pa. in the next four weeks, then close out the season in Las Vegas and Pomona, Calif., where it all started.