Orlandos James Jakes loves his chances in Toronto.
IndyCar Series heads to the beautiful streets of Toronto for the second doubleheader weekend of the 2013 season. They are billing the race as 2 in TO, and both races can be seen on the NBC Sports Network on Saturday and Sunday afternoon starting at 3 p.m. ET each day.
Race 1 on Saturday will start from a standing start while Race 2 will use a traditional rolling start. For James Jakes, the British born driver that now calls Orlando his home, this weekend is very exciting.
I spoke to Jakes who is in his first year with his new team. He pilots the No. 16 Rahal- Letterman- Lanigan Racing Honda. The car seems to be getting better each week and Jakes really loves the street courses, like St.Petersburg, Detroit, Long Beach, Toronto and Baltimore.
We talked about this weeks double-header and how he likes his new team.
JW: What excites you about Toronto?
Jakes: It is one of the best street tracks on the IndyCar circuit. There are plenty of places to pass, starting with the long straight-a-ways where passing is good. We also have a number of great turns with plenty of passing room if you are careful. Overall it is a fair course and like all road courses it will beat us up physically. To win or to make the podium in either race this weekend it will test both the drivers as well as our teams. Both the drivers and the cars have to be in great shape for two days.
JW: Talk about your first season with the No. 16 Rahal- Letterman- Lanigan Racing Honda team.
Jakes: Well what can I say when you are working for a driving legend like Bobby Rahal. He has been a great help to me. He has taught me quite a bit about the racing business and how to be a better driver. Of course my crew has been outstanding thus far and we just keep getting better the more we work together. I think we had a couple of very good chances to make the podium this season and that is what excites me about Toronto.
JW: What will it take to win in Toronto?
Jakes: The format makes for a very busy weekend and the key is to race hard and hopefully to qualify in the Top 10. It is great to start a race and not to have to worry about the traffic so that is why qualifying well is so important. I recall that the last time we had a double header was in Detroit and I will tell you Sunday night I had a great night's sleep. It because this is great racing and only the crews that work hard and stay out of trouble will be around for both days. My hope is that we can get our first podium in Toronto. We have both the car and the crew to get that done.