"When the gate dropped, the track was so funky and different, it threw everyone off," Tripes remembers. "The Europeans had such a hard time with it being such a narrow, confined, tight and twisty track. It just fit me, so I ran my own race. I was passing guys without even thinking about it. It didn't really hit me until I got home the next day. When I woke up and the trophy was on my dresser, I thought, 'Did it really happen?'"