The Marshall Pruett Podcast
MP 877: The Week In IndyCar, July 10, with Graham Rahal

MP 877: The Week In IndyCar, July 10, with Graham Rahal

July 10, 2020

NTT IndyCar Series veteran Graham Rahal returns to The Week In IndyCar show to answer listener questions that span his team's big gains in chemistry and speed, motivation to out-perform Josef Newgarden and Alexander Rossi, the giant growth of Graham Rahal Performance, thoughts on IndyCar's new Race for Equality & Change program, the majesty of his mustache, and more in a quick conversation recorded from the paddock at Road America.

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MP 876: Catching Up With Willy T Ribbs

MP 876: Catching Up With Willy T Ribbs

July 8, 2020

Our friend Willy T Ribbs is back for an episode of 'Catching Up With' to dive into IndyCar's new 'Race for Equality & Change' program announced on July 4th, which he describes as a "food stamp program."

If you're not keen on conversations of race, gender, and racing, or are looking for a happy episode to lighten your mood, this might be one to skip.

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MP 875: RACER Magazine Reporter Roundtable 4

MP 875: RACER Magazine Reporter Roundtable 4

July 8, 2020

It's the fourth installment of the RACER Magazine Reporter Roundtable feature with NASCAR reporter Kelly Crandall and Formula 1 reporter Chris Medland, along with host Marshall Pruett.

A lot has changed in the world since our last episode on May 19, as Crandall can attest with NASCAR leading all forms of racing with massive positives and negatives emerging on a weekly basis. Add in F1, where Medland had a front-row seat for the series' season debut in Austria while enveloped in a new social awareness campaign, and the pair have plenty of insights to offer from inside their hemispheres.

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MP 874: The Hamburger & French Fry Show, July 8 Edition

MP 874: The Hamburger & French Fry Show, July 8 Edition

July 8, 2020

Sebastien Bourdais and Marshall Pruett recap the NTT IndyCar Series and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship races held on the Fourth of July where the JDC-Miller Motorsports driver and teammate Joao Barbosa earned their second consecutive podium of the year in the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R, and followed all of the IndyCar sessions at the GMR Grand Prix on the IMS road course.

Bourdais also answers a handful of listener questions, which proves to be rather entertaining and possibly a bit too revealing...

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MP 873: The Week In IndyCar, July 6, Listener Q&A

MP 873: The Week In IndyCar, July 6, Listener Q&A

July 6, 2020

It's another packed episode of The Week In IndyCar Listener Q&A show, all driven by questions submitted via social media, following the GMR Grand Prix at Indianapolis.

A sampling of the items posed this week (Q&A begins at the 19m00s mark in the episode):

"Alexander Rossi, two races in a row: Electrical Failures. Do you think this is a string of bad luck, something up with the Hondas, or something going on within the team? Do you think a string of mechanical failures could play into him jumping teams after 2021? Should Honda be worried about keeping him in a Honda car?"

"Will the series allow the OEM to work with the teams to use seat cooling technology in order to help the drivers in the cockpit? Or what Pratt and Miller with the A/C used in the IMSA Corvette C8.R or HPD in the Acura NSX GT3."

"Now that Road America is going to be a doubleheader weekend, is there a safety limit on the number of brats consumed, and is it per event or for the whole weekend? Is there a B.o.S. (Balance of Sausages) to equalize consumption among different-sized consumers?"

"Jay Frye recently said that while IndyCar feels good about moving forward with the new 2.4-liter engine in 2022, the new car that was planned for 2022 may take several more years to realize because of the economic burden on teams. To mitigate the burden on teams, he said the new car might come about via annual updates of new parts and pieces. How would this work? What parts would come first, next, and so on?"

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MP 872: The Week In Sports Cars, July 5, with Pruett and Goodwin

MP 872: The Week In Sports Cars, July 5, with Pruett and Goodwin

July 5, 2020

It's a catch-up episode of The Week In Sports Cars where show hosts Marshall Pruett and Graham Goodwin go back and answer the bulk of listener-supplied questions they were unable to grab during their most recent TWISC podcast.

Discussion Topics:

  1. IMSA (starts at 2m02s)
  2. WEC/AsLMS/ELMS/ACO (23m40s)
  3. Fun (37m43s)
  4. General (1h06m21s)

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MP 871: The Sounds of IndyCar, 1997 Portland

MP 871: The Sounds of IndyCar, 1997 Portland

July 4, 2020

It was the closest finish in CART IndyCar Series history as Mark Blundell beat Gil de Ferran and Raul Boesel in a three-wide sprint to the line at the 1997 Portland Grand Prix by 0.027 seconds.

Go back to an amazing weekend where the incredible engines from Mercedes-Benz, Honda, Ford Cosworth, and Toyota, piloted by some of IndyCar's greatest drivers, filled the air with unforgettable sounds.

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MP 870: The Week In IndyCar, July 1, with Mike Shank

MP 870: The Week In IndyCar, July 1, with Mike Shank

July 1, 2020

NTT IndyCar Series team owner Mike Shank returns to The Week In IndyCar show to answer listener questions that range from silly to serious. 

Episode Time Stamps For Select Topics:

  1. How has Meyer Shank Racing survived financially during COVID-19? (starts at 2m02s)
  2. When will AJ Allmendinger drive an MSR Indy car? (14m16s)
  3. Eating 'Hardcore' Jack Harvey's baked goods (19m10s)
  4. Favorite SiriusXM channels (19m35s)
  5. More tales from failed 2012 IndyCar entry attempt (22m40s)
  6. Changes to doing B2B deals in a lockdown (27m06s)
  7. Should all Indy 500 entrants be given a pass in qualifying during a compromised year? (32m06s)
  8. Mike's favorite Acura and Honda products (36m47s)

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MP 869: The Week In IndyCar, June 30, Listener Q&A

MP 869: The Week In IndyCar, June 30, Listener Q&A

June 30, 2020

It's another packed episode of The Week In IndyCar Listener Q&A show, all driven by questions submitted via social media.

A sampling of the items posed this week (Q&A begins at the 12m30s mark in the episode):

"Wanted to get your opinion on the Indy 500 still being blacked out in Central Indiana even though they’re capping the attendance to 50%, which essentially assures a sellout. Is there any reason why they are doing this during a time where it could be a morale booster during the pandemic? I would see it as a massive middle finger if I were a Central Indiana resident. Am I misreading the situation?"

"Looking back over the last 10 years, the number of women drivers at the Indy 500 has dwindled, and will possibly be none this year (I understand Pippa Mann is struggling to get a ride). In 2010, five women were entered (Danica Patrick, Sarah Fisher, Ana Beatriz, Simona de Silvestro, and Milka Duno). Over the next 3 years 4 women entered the 500 each year. What has gone wrong?"

"Pick one NBA player that you think would make a good IndyCar driver. #MePersonally, I think Tim Duncan would be good a IndyCar driver. If they could fit him into one."

"Let’s say I build a time machine, go back and win a ton of money sports betting and then take a small portion to start a CART team with Honda engines, Reynard chassis, Firestone tires and I employ Buddy Lazier and my team has an operating budget and engineering talent of a Team Green or Forsythe? I run '95-'98 with this setup, what is Buddy’s best championship finish? 5th? 10th? 15th?"

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MP 868: Guenther Steiner, My Racing Life and Career

MP 868: Guenther Steiner, My Racing Life and Career

June 30, 2020

Haas Formula 1 team principal Guenther Steiner visits The Marshall Pruett Podcast for a brisk episode of My Racing Life and Career.

The entertaining Italian shares stories of his introduction to the sport through rallying and transition to Formula 1, then dives into a number of topics, including his emotional management style depicted in Netflix's Drive To Survive, unique approach to handling F1 drivers, and a supreme skill at punctuating conversations with curse words.

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MP 867: Race Engineering Download, June 29, with Jeff Braun

MP 867: Race Engineering Download, June 29, with Jeff Braun

June 29, 2020

Veteran race engineer Jeff Braun visits The Marshall Pruett Podcast to discuss the upcoming WeatherTech 240 IMSA race at Daytona International Speedway and the various chassis setup and engineering challenges teams will face. The two also field a few listener questions on topics spanning coffee roasting to air density.

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MP 866: The Week In Sports Cars, June 27, with Pruett and Goodwin

MP 866: The Week In Sports Cars, June 27, with Pruett and Goodwin

June 27, 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 3m43s)
  2. WEC/AsLMS/ELMS/ACO (43m55s)
  3. General (1h04m19s)
  4. Fun (1h16m27s)

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MP 865: 1984 Porsche 935 In-Car Audio with Patrick Long, Monterey 2018

MP 865: 1984 Porsche 935 In-Car Audio with Patrick Long, Monterey 2018

June 26, 2020

Ride inside an IMSA legend as Porsche factory driver Patrick Long straps into the 800hp Fabcar Porsche 935 from 1984, and hurls it around Laguna Seca like he's hunting for lap records during the 2018 edition of the Rennsport Reunion. 

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MP 864: George Mack, My Racing Life and Career

MP 864: George Mack, My Racing Life and Career

June 25, 2020

George Mack, the last African-American driver to compete in the NTT IndyCar Series, joins the Marshall Pruett Podcast for an in-depth episode of My Racing Life and Career.

The Los Angeles native authored one of the most improbable open-wheel stories of the century where, with the new 310 Racing team in 2002, he went straight from karting to the all-oval Indy Racing League...with no oval experience and no experience racing cars. 

It's the story of a remarkable man, from a remarkable family, who had a single season 18 long years ago to demonstrate his potential while facing impossible odds.

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MP 863: The Week In IndyCar, June 24, with JR Hildebrand

MP 863: The Week In IndyCar, June 24, with JR Hildebrand

June 24, 2020

IndyCar veteran JR Hildebrand returns to The Week In IndyCar show to answer listener questions that range from silly to serious. 

Episode Time Stamps For Select Topics:

  1. How do you prepare differently for Indy in August? (starts at 1m41s)
  2. Interest in sports cars or sprint cars? (7m34s)
  3. His growth with societal awareness (15m12s)
  4. JR's STEM program (41m23s)
  5. What new technologies might attract more manufacturers? (1h10m11s)
  6. Interest in a future team role in IndyCar? (1m23m52s)
  7. Casting the buddy-cop show 'JR and The Sage' (1h32m51s)

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MP 862: The Week In IndyCar, June 23, Listener Q&A

MP 862: The Week In IndyCar, June 23, Listener Q&A

June 23, 2020

It's another packed episode of The Week In IndyCar Listener Q&A show, all driven by questions submitted via social media.

A sampling of the items posed this week (Q&A begins at the 18m06s mark in the episode):

"Alex Zanardi is one of the few people I would consider a hero. Do you have any Zanardi stories you'd like to share?"

"Are you satisfied with the response from INDYCAR regarding the social issues taking place in our country right now?"

"In the last mailbag, Robin Miller rated IRL 1996-1999 years as kind of second-class racing compared to the 2000's when CART teams began to switch to IRL. What are your thoughts about IRL racing in the 1990s?"

"Is it realistic that the next series of engine and/or aero regulations could be designed to induce more lifting and/or braking at large ovals?"

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MP 861: The Week In Sports Cars, June 21, with Pruett and Goodwin

MP 861: The Week In Sports Cars, June 21, with Pruett and Goodwin

June 21, 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 10m07s)
  2. IMSA (starts at 1h02m15s)
  3. DTM (1h39m54s)
  4. Fun (1h49m22s)
  5. General (2h04m03s)

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MP 860: Catching Up With Ed Justice Jr

MP 860: Catching Up With Ed Justice Jr

June 20, 2020

Recorded in September of 2018, Ed Justice Jr joins us for an episode of Catching Up With to discuss Legacy of Justice, the loving biography he penned with Tom Madigan that chronicles his family's deep roots in stock cars, drag racing, short track, open-wheel, and sports cars. 

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MP 859: The Week In IndyCar, June 17, with Michael Andretti

MP 859: The Week In IndyCar, June 17, with Michael Andretti

June 17, 2020

Championship-winning IndyCar driver and team owner Michael Andretti pays a visit to The Week In IndyCar show to answer fan questions in the listener-driven show.

Episode Time Stamps For Select Topics:

  1. Racing within a compressed schedule (starts at 0m41s)
  2. Carl Haas story and Ferrari F1 (7m27s)
  3. Andretti Autosport's strength at the Indy 500 (12m18s)
  4. Driving for Chip Ganassi in 1994 (14m13s)
  5. Supporting Indy Lights and its future growth (16m35s)
  6. Cousin John Andretti (21m15s)
  7. Racing with his father Mario as a teammate (26m40s)
  8. Next-generation Andretti drivers in the pipeline? (28m05s)
  9. Favorite disco song (sent in by Bryan Herta)? (31m07s)

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MP 858: The Week In IndyCar, June 16, Listener Q&A

MP 858: The Week In IndyCar, June 16, Listener Q&A

June 16, 2020

It's a new episode of The Week In IndyCar show driven by questions submitted from fans via social media.

Listener Q&A begins at the 10m24s mark in the episode.

Among the items covered:

"With the issues between the new Laguna Seca promoter and the Historic committee and between his company and the contracts issues with the volunteer group, Is the IndyCar race in peril? Is the track viable with this unproven management?"

"How would you incentivize additional INDYCAR teams to field Indy Lights cars? And on the flip side, how can the series better help ladder series teams to progress up the ranks?"

"Hearing that some drivers suffered from debris in their helmets delivered via the cooling system hose made me wonder - can the hose be a conduit for fire or other dangerous substance to reach the drivers?"

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