And so it begins…

My last blog post was in May… I think you could say I’m slacking. I’ve thought about writing so many times, but I just never sat down to do it! When we got to New Zealand last week, one of the first things someone said to me was that they missed reading my blog. So that inspired me to write more. I’ve never been one to have New Year’s resolutions, but now seems like a good time to start – My one and only New Year’s resolution is to blog more frequently. (And pack more cotton balls – I never bring enough and I end up wiping my eye makeup off with the nice, white hotel towel!)

So here it goes! My plan is to post weekly or every couple weeks. As you probably know by now, Bryan has came up with a crazy, totally insane plan for this year – The Chasing 200 Tour: Circular Insanity. To put it simply, he’s going to race as many times as he can for the next 364 days. Winged sprint car, non-wing sprint cars, silver crown, midgets, 360’s, 410’s – you name it, Bryan will drive it in 2016. We just finished the first draft of the schedule – 186 confirmed races on it right now with another 18 races that will be added once they are officially announced. You can see the whole thing here:

If numbers aren’t your thing (they aren’t really mine), let me help: 186 + 18 = 204. 204 races on one schedule for one driver in one year. Understand why we’re calling it Circular Insanity?! So here’s the thing I’ll probably repeat a million and one times this year (and it’ll get a little sassier each time; sorry, patience isn’t really my thing either!) …. Yes, we know it’ll rain and races will get rained out. Like today, for instance. This whole thing was supposed to kick off tonight at Western Springs Speedway, but it rained out, so instead we hung out with our Kiwi friends! (Lovely dinner, Brian and Annette!) Will Bryan actually race 200 times in 2016? Probably not. But I hope people don’t get hung up on that number alone. I hope people will follow along and understand what Bryan and his teams are attempting to do – hit all the big races and race as much as possible. In my opinion, it’s pretty cool that Bryan has car owners and sponsors who are willing to work together to make this insane schedule a reality. So back to the original point here – yes, it’s going to rain. Yes, schedules are going to change and races will be cancelled. And yes, I think Bryan might be insane. But one thing is for sure – 2016 is going to be one heck of a year, so sit back, relax (drink a glass of wine or two for me – I’m going to need it!) and enjoy the ride!

Cheers to you on this first day of the new year! With 200 races on tap, I’m sure we’ll be at a racetrack near you sometime soon!



  1. Brett Gribble · January 1, 2016

    Good luck and have a great 2016. We will be following !!!!

  2. Vanessa Wickersham · January 1, 2016

    Thanks for the update Lauren. No matter when you get them out they are always enjoyable to read. Wishing you and Bryan a great 2016!!! Enjoy the ride!!!!

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