Column: No backing off!

By Jan Magnussen

Both Antonio [Garcia] and I are still smiling after our win at VIRginia International Raceway, but we know the championship is still far from a done deal.

Heading towards the end of the race, I really felt like we were going to end up in third place, lose a bit of our championship lead, but still finish the weekend on top of the points.

But then things really fell our way.

The BMW was short on fuel and the Ferrari had an off, and before we knew it we were back in the lead. We won the VIR race for the second year a row and took home some more of those cool Michelin man trophies.

We had an eight-point lead going into that race and we ended up with a 16-point lead after the weekend.

We can’t rest on our laurels, however. We still have around 12 hours of racing left in the season, so we are going to have to be at the top of our game.

Of course, if we can maintain that points gap after Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, we’ll only have to start the race at Petit Le Mans to take the title. But we’ve got to have a strong day in Monterey before we even start thinking about that.

We’ll go into the weekend ahead with our same game plan as we have for every race this year.

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