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ASHLEY ASKS…… Jose Sierra

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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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Ashley McCubbin is currently studying journalism at the University of Guelph-Humber while writing for multiple websites. She also serves on the managing staff for a select few. Born in North York, Ontario, McCubbin currently lives in Bradford, Ontario and spends her weekend at the local short tracks in the area where she enjoys taking photos and working on websites.

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