Indianapolis. Few places of speed are as hallowed as this one. Roger Penske has won there more times than any other owner in IZOD IndyCar competition, but he hasn't been able to win a Brickyard 400 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
My goal is to change that this weekend.
You just need to walk through the front doors of Penske Racing to see how successful our open-wheel teammates have been at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. All 15 of our "Baby Borg" trophies are displayed in a wide case in the lobby. I walk past them every time I go into the building. I want to add a Brickyard 400 trophy to the lot.
There is a special feeling that you get when you drive through the tunnel at Indy as a member of Penske Racing. I think all of us stock car racers feel something, but knowing what this place means to our team owner elevates the stature of this race even more to me. We've had good cars over the past two years at Indy. We've led a bunch of laps and finished in the top 10 both times. This year, I'm as excited as I've ever been to go to Indy. We're taking a new car that I believe will be very fast. And I have a feeling that we are due for an upswing in the momentum department.
Two weeks ago at New Hampshire, we had the good, solid race that we needed to get back on track. I really believe that we are close to winning again. It's just the feeling I have about the quality of cars we've been building. A lot of work has been building toward this part of the season. The Miller Lite Ford Fusion team seems to pick it up a notch every summer. I expect that to continue this weekend. We're back inside the top 10 in points, but by no means can we relax.
As much as I'm looking forward to Indy, I was really pumped to go to Eldora Speedway on Wednesday night for the first Mudsummer Classic. What a great event that Tony Stewart put on at his dirt track. We were all curious as to whether it would be a success. I have to say that it absolutely was.
You have to give it to NASCAR for taking a leap of faith in scheduling a dirt race, in the middle of the week, leading into one of our biggest races of the year. It's great to see them using the Truck series to get back to the roots of our sport. This was the second year that series has raced at Rockingham, a former fixture in the sport. Now they are running a race on dirt, the surface on which this sport was founded.
I did have a few thoughts about running in the race -- and maybe I will in the future -- but it was a thrill to give Dave and Ryan Blaney an opportunity to share the track together. I would have really enjoyed racing my dad, but we never had the chance. I'm glad BKR was able to give the Blaneys that experience.
Be sure to tune in to the Brickyard 400 this Sunday, the first race on ESPN this year. If we're lucky, you'll catch a new "SportsCenter" commercial featuring yours truly. I'm really proud of it. Getting your own "SportsCenter "commercial is a big damn deal! I hope you guys like it as much as I do.
Brad Keselowski drives the No. 2 Miller Lite Ford Fusion. He will share his thoughts on and off the track with ESPN.com readers periodically this season.