Mazda Road to Indy
ASHLEY ASKS…… Jose Sierra
This past weekend, Jose Sierra posted his fifth top-10 of the 2018 campaign with a ninth-place at Road America. Though before taking to the track, the De Force Racing shared his thoughts with POPULAR OPEN WHEEL.
POPULAR OPEN WHEEL: What are your thoughts going into Road America?
JOSE SIERRA: We’re entering the race really positive. The goal was to have a set-up for the race, and I think we have the set-up. I need to do some things in my line and then I’ll gain some tenths, but the team has done a great job. We have a really good car to fight for the win.
POW: What’s the toughest challenge of Road America?
JOSE: Road America is a really fast track. All the cars are fast, everything is really fast. You have walls so if you make a mistake, you normally have a big crash. Yesterday, I made a mistake and I crashed. It wasn’t that bad but I did damage the car a little bit. It’s a really fast track, fun track that I like a lot. The challenge is just to enter the corner so precisely because of the long straight. If you have a little mistake, it costs you a lot.
POW: How would you characterize your season so far?
JOSE: I think my season has been good. We’ve had really good moments. Two of those moments are race two in Indianapolis and the second one is the oval – qualifying was so bad for me because I overdrove it. But we’re in the championship now and fighting, so it’s going to be good. I think this race weekend will be good to catch-up nicely on points.
POW: It seems you and DeForce have gelled together really well. What’s been the secret to the success?
JOSE: They gave me the opportunity to race. We pushed a lot to chase for the championship and have done well so far, so it’s good. The engineers are so good. It’s really difficult to have a perfect engineer and I think we have a good chemistry.
POW: Looking ahead, what track are you looking forward to getting to?
JOSE: I also look forward to racing in Toronto after last year. I think that’s a really nice track.
POW: Who is your racing hero?
JOSE: That would be my dad, first. He raced in Mexico Formula 3 and was really good.
POW: How did you get started in racing?
JOSE: Well my dad is one that took me since I was four years old and well, when I was little, I tried go-karting. Then after that I tried a lot of things but at the end, I was like, “Nothing is like racing. I want to race.”
POW: What’s been the most memorable moment for you?
JOSE: That’s a tough one. I really like the pole position at St. Pete was a great moment for me because one month before St. Pete, I didn’t know if I was going to race, and then I started the season with the pole position. It was so emotional. The team was really happy – all the sponsors, too. Thanks to that, I found some other sponsors to chase the championship.
POW: What would it mean to you to race in the Verizon IndyCar Series?
JOSE: That’s the goal. I think that’s the goal of everyone on the Road to Indy. It’s a really tough competition so to just be there and drive, it will be very hard. That’ll be like a really good goal because that’s everyone’s dream here to be there.
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