MP 321: Tino Belli’s Career in Race Car Design and Engineering

May 23, 2018

 

Tino Belli's career as a racecar designer and engineer has taken the Welshman from rallying to Formula 1 to IndyCar where some memorable and iconic cars have sprung forth from his mind. As a member of the Verizon IndyCar Series' competition department, Belli has overseen a number of projects, with the most celebrated coming in the form of the new Universal Aero Kit. 

Get to know Belli, his origins in the sport, the inside story on some of his creations--including the fascinating and controversial 1990 March-Porsche Indy car--and the role he played in returning IndyCar to better days with the UAK18 bodywork during his visit to the Marshall Pruett Podcast.

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MP 320: When Bobby Rahal Failed To Qualify for the 1993 Indy 500

May 23, 2018

James Hinchcliffe's failure to qualify for the 2018 Indy 500 has been the biggest story to come from the month of May, but he isn't the first high-profile driver to miss the show.

Three-time CART IndyCar Series title winner Bobby Rahal, who entered the 1993 Indy 500 as the defending series champion, saw his world collapse as his Rahal-Hogan Racing entry was too slow to earn a spot in the field of 33 starters.

On the 25th anniversary of Rahal's nightmare scenario, he recounts his worst day at Indy and how the aftermath that followed was, to his surprise, anything but expected.

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MP 319: The Week In IndyCar, May 22, with Ricardo Juncos

May 23, 2018

Marshall Pruett's Week In IndyCar podcast welcomes team owner Ricardo Juncos who shares his amazing story of moving from Argentina to Miami with no money to becoming one of the most successful Mazda Road To Indy entrants along with one of the brightest prospects among new the IndyCar efforts.

Juncos has strong feelings on how Bump Day played out and trimmed two drivers from the Indy 500 field, whether full-time IndyCar entries should be guaranteed starting spots at Indy, ideas on how Indy Lights can start to grow its grid size, and answers some fantastic listener questions to close the episode.

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MP 318: The Day at Indy, May 21, with Robin Miller

May 21, 2018

Robin Miller and Marshall Pruett discuss a busy day of practice where drivers worked in hot and humid conditions to take final swings at race setups. The closing door on James Hinchcliffe's opportunities to land a seat, Miller's misunderstood story on protected Indy 500 race entries, TV coverage during qualifying weekend and a few listener questions are answered in the final Day at Indy episode until cars hit the track on Friday.

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MP 317: The Day at Indy, May 20, with James Davison

May 20, 2018

James Davison has experienced every range of emotion after crashing on Friday, clawing his way into the field with the 33rd-fastest speed on Bump Day, and rocketing up 14 positions to qualify for the 102nd Indy 500 in 19th place. The A.J. Foyt with Byrd/Hollinger/Belardi Racing Chevy driver is as scrappy as they come and joins Marshall Pruett to discuss his crazy month of May, the life of an Indy-only driver, and what's ahead in the run up to the race.

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MP 316: The Day at Indy, May 20, What Are Hinchcliffe’s 500 Options?

May 20, 2018

NBCSN reporter Anders Krohn joins Marshall Pruett to talk through Schmidt Peterson Motorsports options as they try to secure an Indy 500 race seat for James Hinchcliffe's after the popular Canadian was bumped from the field of 33.

Which drivers and teams would be open to a buyout for the race, and how would the Verizon IndyCar Series' rulebook influence SPM's negotiations? Take a listen as Pruett and Krohn explore all the possibilities before arriving at a possible conclusion on how the Mayor of Hinchtown might return to the grid.

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MP 315: The Day at Indy, May 19, with JR Hildebrand

May 20, 2018

Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Chevy driver JR Hildebrand is back to help us process the absolutely crazy Bump Day at Indy where James Hinchcliffe and Pippa Mann missed the cut, rain interrupted the show on two occasions, James Davison drove his heart out to scrape into the field, Chevy took charge of the Fast 9, and despite all of the added running, most teams and drivers are still searching for answers on what the new Universal Aero Kit wants to go fast.

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MP 314: The Day at Indy, May 18, with SPM GM Piers Phillips

May 19, 2018

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports' gentle giant, general manager Piers Phillips, joins the Marshall Pruett Podcast's Day at Indy at the conclusion of Fast Friday where teams made final preparations to try and qualify for the Indy 500. With four cars spread across the spectrum of speeds, Phillips shares great insights on how his team and others will approach Saturday and Sunday at Indy, the lack of confidence many have in finding more speed if it's missing, how teams will employ strategy to help themselves leading into Bump Day and Pole Day, and working with rookie sensation Robert Wickens.

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MP 313: The Day at Indy, May 17, with Simon Pagenaud

May 18, 2018

Team Penske Chevy driver and 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series champion Simon Pagenaud joins the Marshall Pruett Podcast for a quick look at Thursday's practice session and offers insights on the handling challenges that have so many drivers searching for answers with IndyCar's new 2018 bodywork.

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MP 312: The Week In Sports Cars, May 17, with Graham Goodwin

May 17, 2018

Sports car reporters Marshall Pruett and Graham Goodwin have the evolving 24 Hours of Le Mans entry list to discuss and listener Q&A to fill the latest edition of the Week In Sports Cars podcast.

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MP 311: The Day at Indy, May 16, with Sage Karam

May 17, 2018

Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Chevy driver Sage Karam joins the Marshall Pruett Podcast's short-form, end-of-day recap following Wednesday's practice run in preparation for the Indy 500. The former Indy Lights champion is a bit older, calmer, and more grounded than we've ever seen, and with his top 10 speed shown so far, the young American appears to be on the right path towards a positive month of May. Karam's technical insights on the handling differences with IndyCar's new 2018 bodywork are especially valuable as the Pennsylvanian dives into some of the issues many of the fast drivers have noted this week.

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MP 310: Bobby Unser’s Tales of Indy 500 Turbocharging

May 16, 2018

The beloved Bobby Unser, three-time Indy 500 winner, shares tales of being part of the first crop of drivers to use turbocharged Offenhauser engines at the 1966 Indy 500, the rapid evolution of turbos by 1968 that led him to Victory Lane, and a few more stories of qualifying at Indy with 1100hp while driving for Dan Gurney and fiery stories of racing for Roger Penske. 

Uncle Bobby, in all of his yarn-spinning splendor, talks Indy 500 technology while spilling dirt...who could ask for more?

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MP 309: The Week In IndyCar, May 16, with Jack Harvey

May 16, 2018

Marshall Pruett's Week In IndyCar podcast welcomes Indy 500 sophomore Jack Harvey back for a look into his program with Meyer Shank Racing, the challenges faced on his debut that have eased the Briton's return to IMS, the story behind how Harvey signed two major sponsors at such a young age, and then the two answer great questions from IndyCar fans, including who he'd choose to crew the Millennium Falcon if he was Han Solo.

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MP 308: The Day at Indy, May 15, with Mike Shank

May 16, 2018

The Marshall Pruett Podcast's short-form, end-of-day recap is back for the opening day of practice for the Indy 500. Team owner Michael Shank is our guest and breaks down all of the intricacies involved with fielding a sophomore team, the technical partnership with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, grooming his young driver Jack Harvey, and how Tuesday was used as an education outing for the Indy Lights graduate.

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MP 307: Mario Andretti’s 50 Years with Bell Racing Helmets

May 14, 2018

Racing legend Mario Andretti visits the Marshall Pruett Podcast at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Bell Helmet's Gasoline Alley garage to share stories about his devotion to the brand, plus all he's encountered over 50 years while helping to develop new technology and winning everything from the 1969 Indy 500 to the 1978 Formula 1 world championship using Bell products. 

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MP 306: The Day at Indy, May 12, with Mike Hull

May 13, 2018

The Marshall Pruett Podcast's short-form, end-of-day recap is back with a second edition following the Indianapolis Grand Prix won by Team Penske's Will Power. Chip Ganassi Racing managing director Mike Hull is our guest and breaks down the amazing drive from 18th to second by his driver Scott Dixon, and speaks on Power's amazing performance to capture Roger Penske's 200th IndyCar win, the mercurial Robert Wickens who finished third, and the two close with a look into what Verizon IndyCar Series teams will do between Saturday night and Tuesday morning when the opening day of Indy 500 practice begins.

The next Day at Indy installment will post Tuesday evening.

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MP 305: The Day at Indy, May 11, with Robin Miller and Will Power

May 12, 2018

The Marshall Pruett Podcast kicks off a new feature for the month of May with short-form, end-of-day recaps from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as the Indy Grand Prix, practice and qualifying for the Indy 500, and the 102nd Indy 500 get 'Day at Indy' podcasts with a variety of drivers, team members, and personalities at IMS. 

Our first Day at Indy episode features RACER's Robin Miller and Team Penske's Will Power, who earned pole for the Indy GP. And which driver have Miller and Pruett chosen as their dark horse for Saturday's race?...

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MP 304: The Week In Sports Cars, May 10, with Graham Goodwin

May 10, 2018

Sports car reporters Marshall Pruett and Graham Goodwin have plenty to tackle in a catch-up episode after technical issues torpedoed last week's recording. It's IMSA at Mid-Ohio and the FIA WEC at Spa where crashes, flying cars, big BoP issues across both series and their top prototypes, and lots of listener Q&A fill the latest edition of the Week In Sports Cars podcast.

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MP 303: The Week In IndyCar, May 8, with JR Hildebrand

May 8, 2018

Marshall Pruett's Week In IndyCar podcast welcomes Dreyer & Reinbold Racing's JR Hildebrand back for a look into the Indy 500, some of the technical changes made to the cars for 2018, the saga of Dale Coyne Racing's search for a replacement in the No. 19 Honda after Pietro Fittipaldi's big sports car crash, and then the two answer great questions from IndyCar fans to close the episode.

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MP 302: Sounds of Sebring GT Le Mans and Prototype Qualifying, 2018

May 4, 2018

Take a listen to my favorite IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship audio session--when the GT Le Mans and Prototype classes take to the track for dedicated qualifying runs--where, in preparation for the 2018 edition of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, some wild sounds were produced by the factory cars from Acura, BMW, Cadillac, Corvette, Ferrari, Ford, Mazda, Nissan, and Porsche.

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