The 2016 season had its high's and low's as every year does. There were lots of successes and great learning experiences that had occurred throughout the year. Every weekend there were always new things to learn and improve on in order to grow as a driver. However, not only did I grow as a competitor, but I grew as a person. For my first full season in professional competition, I had to mature and be able to take the things that didn't go as planned and be able to shrug those moments off in order to keep a positive outlook on the situation. The phrase, "That's racing" was utilized multiple times. Unfortunately, in the season finale at Road Atlanta, engine troubles took us out and the 25 car early in the race. We were heartbroken to see the season come to a close on a low note. However, that is in fact racing.
We're all proud to look back at the season and see all of our top 10 finishes. We're proud to look back at weekends like Watkins Glen in July when the car was dropped off at the garage because of the damage it had taken on the first lap and to see the Freedom Autosport crew wrench it back together in a half hour to have it back on the track for the rest of the race. The backbone of Freedom Autosport is the crew. They are always prepared for every scenario and our results show the same.
From a personal standpoint, I see only positives. I was able to learn how to keep my head high and continue to dig in for the long haul after unfortunate weekends like Watkins Glen. I learned not to dwell on the little things and to continue to improve. These were not only lessons for racing, but lessons for life.
I have been fortunate enough to have partners like TRUMPF, Inc. who have put an enormous amount of commitment into me. And that type of responsibility is something that I am very privileged to have. Without their support along with Mazda and ClothingShopOnline, none of this is feasible. Seeing the TRUMPF guests at race weekends and discussing this crazy business we call "motorsports" lights up their eyes. I'm extremely proud to show these guests what their affiliate company, TRUMPF, Inc., is involved in and that I am their representative driver who is a part of the best team in IMSA Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge.
I want to say a sincere and heartfelt thank you to everyone within the TRUMPF, Inc. organization. I am extremely proud to be aligned with such a world class company and group of people. I want to say thank you to Freedom Autosport for their hard work and dedication and Mazda for their continued support of me and my career. I want to thank my family and friends for their understanding and support. I want to thank Barrington High School and Loyola University Chicago for their assistance and flexibility in order to keep me from falling behind in my education while traveling. Most importantly, I want to thank my Dad for his sacrifices and hard work in order to help me continue to move forward in my career and develop into the person that I am today.
On to 2017.