The Marshall Pruett Podcast
MP 987: The Week In IndyCar, Nov 26, Listener Q&A

MP 987: The Week In IndyCar, Nov 26, Listener Q&A

November 26, 2020

It's the lone Week In IndyCar Listener Q&A episode for the Thanksgiving holidays, using listener-driven questions submitted via social media, with our new format of answering prioritized submissions for those with limited time to listen before moving into overtime to handle the majority of the remaining questions.

Main show: (through 1h24m17s)

Overtime: (1h24m18s through 1h59m51s)

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MP 986: The Week In IndyCar, Nov 23, with Jimmie Johnson

MP 986: The Week In IndyCar, Nov 23, with Jimmie Johnson

November 23, 2020

New Chip Ganassi Racing driver Jimmie Johnson pays his first visit to The Week In IndyCar show to answer a variety of questions submitted by fans via social media, including:

  • Sharing the No. 48 Honda with Tony Kanaan (starts at 1m23s)
  • CGR's unique testing plan (2m24s)
  • Johnson's attitude towards learning IndyCar (5m19s)
  • First impressions of driving and Indy car vs a Cup car (8m33s)
  • Learning to trust downforce (10m27s)
  • Expectations in IndyCar (15m44s)
  • Additional testing plans (18m46s)
  • Having Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon as coaches (20m06s)
  • Physical training differences between Cup and IndyCar (22m13s)
  • Bringing new sponsors to IndyCar (25m19s)

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MP 985: The Week In IndyCar, Nov 21, Listener Q&A

MP 985: The Week In IndyCar, Nov 21, Listener Q&A

November 21, 2020

It's Part 2 of the Week In IndyCar Listener Q&A show, using listener-driven questions submitted via social media, with our new format of answering about an hour of prioritized submissions for those with limited time to listen, before moving into overtime to handle the majority of the remaining questions.

Main show: (through 57m49s)

Overtime: (57m50s through 1h29m19s)

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MP 984: The Week In Sports Cars, Nov 20

MP 984: The Week In Sports Cars, Nov 20

November 20, 2020

It's time for The Week In Sports Cars podcast, all driven by listener Q&A, with Marshall Pruett and DailySportsCar.com's Graham Goodwin.

Discussion Topics:

  1. IMSA (starts at 2m28s)
  2. WEC/AsLMS/ELMS/ACO (53m29s)
  3. General & Fun (1h17m31s)

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MP 983: The Week In IndyCar, Nov 18, with Felix Rosenqvist

MP 983: The Week In IndyCar, Nov 18, with Felix Rosenqvist

November 18, 2020

New Arrow McLaren SP driver Felix Rosenqvist returns to The Week In IndyCar to answer a variety of questions submitted by fans via social media, including the reasoning behind his move to AMSP in the No. 7 Chevy, partnering with Pato O'Ward, shouldering more responsibility, the painful trick that made a big difference in Formula E, his coffee needs for 2021, and more in another fun visit from the race-winning Swede.

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MP 982: The Week In IndyCar, Nov 17, Listener Q&A

MP 982: The Week In IndyCar, Nov 17, Listener Q&A

November 17, 2020

It's Part 1 of the Week In IndyCar Listener Q&A show, using listener-driven questions submitted via social media, with our new format of answering about an hour of prioritized submissions for those with limited time to listen, before moving into overtime to handle the majority of the remaining questions.

A sampling of the submissions:

"After listening to last week's podcast with W Series CEO Catherine Bond Muir, what impact do you think W Series has had on women drivers looking at the road to Indy? Do you think that a collaboration could lead to the W Series giving prize money towards a Lights drive would be a good thing?"

"Hi Marshall, how many of the 2021 entries do you think will be paid / paying for the privilege to be in those seats? It feels, unsurprisingly considering COVID, that there is even more expectation on driver sponsors than ever before, how hard do teams try to have their own in-house sponsors to be able to have a more open choice on drivers? Wouldn’t this be a better position for them?"

"You get one meal flown in, calorie-free, from any IndyCar track. It has to come from the at-track facilities, you don't get to go up the street to the Mug and Bun. What food from what track?"

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MP 981: The Week In Sports Cars, Nov 15

MP 981: The Week In Sports Cars, Nov 15

November 15, 2020

It's time for The Week In Sports Cars podcast, all driven by listener Q&A, with Marshall Pruett and DailySportsCar.com's Graham Goodwin.

Discussion Topics:

  1. IMSA (starts at 1m19s)
  2. WEC/AsLMS/ELMS/ACO (36m55s)
  3. General & Fun (54m29s)

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MP 980: The Week In IndyCar, Nov 14, Listener Q&A

MP 980: The Week In IndyCar, Nov 14, Listener Q&A

November 14, 2020

It's Part 2 of the Week In IndyCar Listener Q&A show, using listener-driven questions submitted via social media, with our new format of answering about an hour of prioritized submissions for those with limited time to listen, before moving into overtime to handle the majority of the remaining questions.

A sampling of the submissions:

"How was it being back at Laguna Seca again?  Were there any insights you got while you were there?  Can you rate how the new Ganassi additions for 2021 look after a couple test days?"

"What does an offseason look like in IndyCar? I know in stick and ball sports there are workouts and training camps and blah blah blah, but how does an offseason translate in Motorsport?"

"Hey Marshall, I am going to college for motorsports engineering. I live in Indianapolis, Indiana home of the beautiful Indy 500. I want to become an IndyCar engineer or in one of the connecting series. Any advice for internships, connections, or experience I should look for?"

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MP 979: Catching Up With W Series CEO Catherine Bond Muir

MP 979: Catching Up With W Series CEO Catherine Bond Muir

November 13, 2020

W Series CEO Catherine Bond Muir joins us for a discussion on the addition of the all-female open-wheel series to Formula 1's 2021 calendar, the series' development since its launch in 2019, its growth and new opportunities created by partnering with F1, and an interest in expanding the series into new markets, including North America.

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MP 978: The Week In IndyCar, Nov 12, with Helio Castroneves

MP 978: The Week In IndyCar, Nov 12, with Helio Castroneves

November 12, 2020

New Meyer Shank Racing driver Helio Castroneves returns to The Week In IndyCar to answer a variety of questions submitted by fans via social media on his final race after 20 of driving for Team Penske, the lasting impacts from Roger Penske and Rick Mears, moving to MSR, working with Jack Harvey, drinking beer with his new boss, and more in a fun visit to the show.

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MP 977: Catching Up With Oliver Gavin

MP 977: Catching Up With Oliver Gavin

November 10, 2020

As Corvette Racing legend Oliver Gavin prepares to make his final start for the team as a full-time driver, the Briton joins us for an episode of Catching Up With to discuss the timing and reasons for stepping back into semi-retirement, the impact the factory Corvette team has had on his career, the sizable status he's earned within the program, and more in a call captured on his drive to the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.

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MP 976: The Week In IndyCar, Nov 10, Listener Q&A

MP 976: The Week In IndyCar, Nov 10, Listener Q&A

November 9, 2020

It's Part 1 of the Week In IndyCar Listener Q&A show, using listener-driven questions submitted via social media, with our new format of answering about an hour of prioritized submissions for those with limited time to listen, before moving into overtime to handle the majority of the remaining questions.

A sampling of the submissions:

"Understanding this question is pure speculation, what drivers or teams are going to have a substantially better 2021 than 2020? Besides Hinch, of course."

"Does Indy Car have backup dates for the first few events of the year in place?  Should they make a backup plan?  I presume fans will be an important part of 2021 decisions."

"I watched a YouTube series recently about the greatest NASCAR driver to never win a championship Mark Martin. It made me wonder who fits that title for IndyCar?"

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MP 975: The Week In Sports Cars, Nov 8

MP 975: The Week In Sports Cars, Nov 8

November 8, 2020

It's time for The Week In Sports Cars podcast, all driven by listener Q&A, with Marshall Pruett and DailySportsCar.com's Graham Goodwin.

Discussion Topics:

  1. IMSA (starts at 6m41s)
  2. WEC/AsLMS/ELMS/ACO (52m35s)
  3. General & Fun (1h16m46s)

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MP 974: The Week In IndyCar, Nov 8, Listener Q&A

MP 974: The Week In IndyCar, Nov 8, Listener Q&A

November 8, 2020

It's Part 2 of the Week In IndyCar Listener Q&A show, using listener-driven questions submitted via social media, with our new format of answering about an hour of prioritized submissions for those with limited time to listen before moving into overtime to handle the majority of the remaining questions.

A sampling of the submissions:

"MP, when you look at the overall health of the series(which feels like it is still upward trending) what is the one realistic step you think could be taken to help solidify its future? Possibly not realistic and it's expensive but a series along the lines of the F1 Drive to Survive would be amazing for recruiting fans and raising awareness. Plus a win for sponsors due to the exposure."

"Hey MP, what would be the most awesome car/driver combo you can think of? How about Senna in a non-winged sprinter? Rick Mears in a group B rally car? What ridiculously silly car could we stick Alex Rossi in that would befit his ennui?"

"Recently, it seems like more drivers shuffled out of F1 are considering IndyCar as an option. In the long-term, do you think this is a good thing for the series? Or is the influx of ex-F1 drivers keeping seats away from deserving Road to Indy drivers?"

"MP, I was watching the 2011 Indy 500 the other day and I completely forgot about the double file restarts! What were your thoughts on them and do you think IndyCar will ever bring that back?"

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MP 973: The Week In IndyCar, Nov 4, with Alex Palou

MP 973: The Week In IndyCar, Nov 4, with Alex Palou

November 4, 2020

New Chip Ganassi Racing driver Alex Palou returns to The Week In IndyCar to answer a variety of fun and insightful questions submitted by fans via social media on how he joined CGR, Team Goh's future involvement, his favorite American foods, working with Dario Franchitti and Jimmie Johnson, the culture difference in joining a Big 3 team, and whether he likes a new nickname--Max Outlap--created by a fan.

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MP 972: The Week In IndyCar, Nov 4, Listener Q&A

MP 972: The Week In IndyCar, Nov 4, Listener Q&A

November 4, 2020

It's Part 1 of the Week In IndyCar Listener Q&A show using listener-driven questions submitted via social media. 

A sampling of the submissions:

"Do you think the PR regarding Honda's decision to end its sponsorship of the 'Fastest Seat In Sports' IndyCar 2-seater program could have been handled better?"

"Interesting story about Jackie Heinricher looking to run an IndyCar team. For years, only two names have been mentioned when the prospect of a woman driver came up. Is the list still Simona and Pippa, or are there other women with relevant experience that could be in that seat?"

"What did they learn at the IMS test last week?  Is there hope for a more competitive Indy 500 in 2021? Do you think Helio's behavior at Laguna Seca this past weekend will influence his chances at driving an Indy Car in 2021?"

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MP 971: The Week In IndyCar, Oct 31, Listener Q&A

MP 971: The Week In IndyCar, Oct 31, Listener Q&A

October 31, 2020

It's Part 2 of the Week In IndyCar Listener Q&A show as we dive into the season file using listener-driven questions submitted via social media. 

A sampling of the submissions:

"Two questions regarding Jimmie Johnson: What does Jimmie need to accomplish next year for his rookie IndyCar season to be considered successful? If he does relatively well could it open the door for more drivers from “non-traditional” IndyCar backgrounds?"

"Has Dale Coyne Racing celebrated well the season outcome? Because after having clumsily dumped Sebastien Bourdais at the end of last year, they beautifully locked in 13th and 16th spots in the 2020 final standings. Seabass got them 7th and 11th the previous years."

"What are the odds Conor Daly is back at ECR next season? Or in full time role elsewhere?"

"I just booked a Triple Threat, No DQ, Barroom Brawl between Conor Daly, Sage Karam, and Will Power. Who wins, and how is the victory achieved?"

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MP 970: The Week In Sports Cars, Oct 31

MP 970: The Week In Sports Cars, Oct 31

October 30, 2020

It's time for The Week In Sports Cars podcast, all driven by listener Q&A, with Marshall Pruett and DailySportsCar.com's Graham Goodwin.

Discussion Topics:

  1. WEC/AsLMS/ELMS/ACO (starts at 2m17s)
  2. IMSA (43m03s)
  3. General (1h19m16s)
  4. Fun (1h51m20s)

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MP 969: The Week In IndyCar, Oct 28, Listener Q&A

MP 969: The Week In IndyCar, Oct 28, Listener Q&A

October 28, 2020

It's Part 1 of the Week In IndyCar Listener Q&A show as we dive into the season file using listener-driven questions submitted via social media. 

A sampling of the submissions:

"What the heck was that race? What do you think the reasoning for all of the mental mistakes we saw? Especially under yellow flag circumstances."

"Please rank the epic fails from Sunday. Power, Rossi, Hinchcliffe, Herta, and Daly.  For #mepersonally that Daly mistake was almost a $1m mistake, but lucky for him Sato happened."

"Which drivers surprised you this year, either good or bad? #mepersonally, Alex Palou did really well, and Simon Pagenaud was largely anonymous."

"Hi Marshall, do you think swapping Laguna Seca and St Pete next year would lead to a similarly wild finale next year? Running a street circuit certainly means more chance for drama with the walls being so close."

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MP 968: Scott Dixon, 2020 IndyCar Champion

MP 968: Scott Dixon, 2020 IndyCar Champion

October 25, 2020

New six-time NTT IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon calls in to discuss his incredible achievement, the hardships that were overcome late in the season with the No. 9 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda program, the team behind him, and the respect--and rivalry--he and 2019 champion Josef Newgarden have developed in recent years.

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