"The only thing that's keeping me up at night, right now, is the anticipation," he said. "I'm one of the few drivers who couldn't get this offseason over quick enough.

"After the win at Homestead, I realized that we run as good as I feel and I feel pretty comfortable in the car. You don't like to talk about what you can do, you want to show people."

Hamlin thinks JGR's performance in the Sprint Unlimited positions all three drivers well for Sunday's 56th running of the Daytona 500.

"The drivers who are part of the Unlimited get to race the rust off," Hamlin said. "We only do (restrictor-plate) racing four to five times a year, so it is an art form. The more you do it, the better you become. So, I think it's a big advantage to get a race under our belts before the 500. It's hard to go into the 500 cold turkey."

So, just one more question: Will Hamlin and the No. 11 team continue to make a statement as the season continues?

"It's going to be a redemption year," Hamlin said. "It's going to be a year that we've got to prove to ourselves that we're back. I've got to prove to myself that I can be back to where I was."