The Marshall Pruett Podcast
MP 924: Inside Arie Luyendyk’s 1990 Indy 500 Win

MP 924: Inside Arie Luyendyk’s 1990 Indy 500 Win

August 22, 2020

Looking back 30 years, Arie Luyendyk takes us inside the 1990 Indianapolis 500 where the Dutchman scored his first of two victories at the Speedway. And there were other milestones recorded that day in his No. 30 Shierson Racing Lola-Chevy, which he discusses, that make his first appearance on the BorgWarner trophy rather special.

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MP 923: Catching Up With Ayla Agren

MP 923: Catching Up With Ayla Agren

August 21, 2020

Norway's Ayla Agren headed for America with dreams of racing her way up the Road To Indy and landing a ride in the NTT IndyCar Series. Despite her obvious talent, a lack of consistent sponsorship ended her time on the American open-wheel ladder following the 2017 USF2000 season. Undeterred she's continued to work at finding a way to revive her dream. Selected as one of 20 drivers for the second season of the W Series, Agren will have to wait until the championship resumes after the 2020 calendar was cancelled due to COVID-19.

Her story of humility and perseverance is an inspiring one, and with expertise to offer, she'll be at the Indy 500 serving as Ben Hanley's spotter for the No. 81 DragonSpeed Chevy entry. Agren's goal, however, is to get her career back on track, scale the Road To Indy, and join the field of 33 drivers in a future edition of the Indy 500.

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MP 922: The Day At Indy, Aug 21, with Alexander Rossi

MP 922: The Day At Indy, Aug 21, with Alexander Rossi

August 21, 2020

It's the ninth installment of the Day At Indy podcast, and we have Andretti Autosport's 2016 Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi, who offers some deep insights on what kind of ambient effects will influence race day more than others, the rise in competitiveness by his team at the Speedway, and reveals the findings of his investigation into which driver(s) are guilty in the golf cart prank pulled earlier in the week.

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MP 921: The Day At Indy, Aug 20, with JR Hildebrand

MP 921: The Day At Indy, Aug 20, with JR Hildebrand

August 20, 2020

It's the eighth installment of the Day At Indy podcast, and we have Dreyer & Reinbold Racing's JR Hildebrand who takes us inside a challenging start to his Indy 500, working with his primary sponsor (and fighting off the advances of a driver who recently tried to steal the deal), and closes with insights on his helmet livery of RIGHTS JUSTICE OPPORTUNITY and why he chose to carry supportive social messages into Sunday's race.

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MP 920: The Day At Indy, Aug 19, with Felix Rosenqvist and Marcus Ericsson

MP 920: The Day At Indy, Aug 19, with Felix Rosenqvist and Marcus Ericsson

August 19, 2020

It's the seventh installment of the Day At Indy podcast, and we have Chip Ganassi Racing'x Swedish duo of Felix Rosenqvist and Marcus Ericsson, who discuss their results so far in practice and qualifying at the Indy 500, how their COVID-affected sophomore experiences at the Speedway differ from 2019, sponsor influences, and they ponder a new caffeinated chocolate milk drink business that might make the two incredibly rich.

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MP 919: The Week In IndyCar, Aug 19, with Bryan Herta

MP 919: The Week In IndyCar, Aug 19, with Bryan Herta

August 19, 2020

Bryan Herta, co-owner of the pole-winning Andretti Herta Autosport No. 98 Honda driven by Marco Andretti, joins us for The Week In IndyCar Listener Q&A show, driven by questions submitted by fans via social media.

A sampling of the items posed this week:

"Has Marco taken a different approach to this years 500 so far? Or has the car just been that good since the start?"

"What’s the inspiration for that calm, smooth-as-silk radio voice? ('clutch and coast' from ‘16, 'weight jacker' from Sunday)..."

"I heard you once say Dan Wheldon would encourage the team saying, 'C'mon boys, you've got to make me look good.' What work happens 30 days before the 500 prepping a car to make a driver look good? And, if you want to answer, what's a 500 memory of Dan you remember vividly?"

"With your son, a drummer in a Punk band, and Marco's love of Rap music, who controls the radio when you are in the car on a taco run? More importantly, what is coming out of those speakers?"

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MP 918: The Day At Indy, Aug 18, with Mike Hull

MP 918: The Day At Indy, Aug 18, with Mike Hull

August 18, 2020

It's the sixth installment of the Day At Indy podcast, and we have Chip Ganassi Racing managing director Mike Hull who shares insights about the team's practice and qualifying efforts that saw Scott Dixon capture second on the Indy 500 grid. Hull also takes us inside that teams are doing this week while cars are silent until Friday, and covers a few more topics, including fans trying to watch Sunday's race high above the grandstands outside the track.

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MP 917: The Week In IndyCar, Aug 17, Listener Q&A

MP 917: The Week In IndyCar, Aug 17, Listener Q&A

August 17, 2020

It's The Week In IndyCar Listener Q&A show, driven by questions submitted by fans via social media.

A sampling of the items posed this week (Q&A begins at the 12m34s mark in the episode):

"The story of the weekend seemed to be the separation between Honda and Chevrolet in qualifying times. The advantage seems to be cyclical. Did Honda teams have any idea they were going to be a class alone this time?"

"Marshall, why do the drivers move so far away from the wall on the straights at Indy? I guess air being displaced, bouncing off the wall and upsetting the car, but does that slow you down? Is the greater lap distance offset by the car not getting that resistance off the wall?"

"Was Veekay an outlier in Chevy performance who got lucky with the time he went out Saturday?"

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MP 916: Remembering John Andretti, Ep 1, with Bones Bourcier

MP 916: Remembering John Andretti, Ep 1, with Bones Bourcier

August 17, 2020

We open the 16-part Remembering John Andretti series, which looks back at the late race car driver's life by exploring key intervals in his unbelievable career, with the esteemed reporter and author Mark 'Bones' Bourcier, who covered Andretti's first forays into short-track racing in 1981.

With the remaining 15 episodes, captured in the days after John's passing on January 30, 2020, we move through the years in increments to hear the origins, stories, and remarkable accomplishments by one of racing's most versatile and benevolent stars.

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MP 915: Remembering John Andretti, Ep 2, with Cary Agajanian

MP 915: Remembering John Andretti, Ep 2, with Cary Agajanian

August 17, 2020

We welcome Cary Agajanian with Part 2 of the Remembering John Andretti series. After meeting John in 1984, Agajanian would become a fixture as Andretti's ever-present friend, lawyer, and advisor throughout the rest of his life.

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MP 914: Remembering John Andretti, Ep 3, with Erik Wensberg

MP 914: Remembering John Andretti, Ep 3, with Erik Wensberg

August 17, 2020

We welcome Erik Wensberg with Part 3 of the Remembering John Andretti series. BMW's former program manager gave John his first big pro racing break in 1986 with the brand's IMSA GTP program, and watched as Andretti passion for driving was demonstrated for BMW in smaller, more obscure series.

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MP 913: Remembering John Andretti, Ep 4, with Davy Jones

MP 913: Remembering John Andretti, Ep 4, with Davy Jones

August 17, 2020

We welcome Davy Jones with Part 4 of the Remembering John Andretti series, who looks back to 1986 as he partnered with John in the factory BMW IMSA GTP program and went on to race with--and against--Andretti in the years that followed in IMSA and IndyCar.

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MP 912: Remembering John Andretti, Ep 5, with Mike Curb

MP 912: Remembering John Andretti, Ep 5, with Mike Curb

August 17, 2020

We welcome Mike Curb with Part 5 of the Remembering John Andretti series. The famed record producer and label owner gave John his first shot in IndyCar and the Indy 500 in 1987, and shares the story of how they found each other and took on the establishment with one of CART's smaller teams.

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MP 911: Remembering John Andretti, Ep 6, with Mario Andretti

MP 911: Remembering John Andretti, Ep 6, with Mario Andretti

August 17, 2020

We welcome Mario Andretti with Part 6 of the Remembering John Andretti series, who chronicles the all-family Porsche 962 effort at the 1988 24 Hours of Le Mans where John made his debut at the French endurance racing classic alongside Mario and Michael Andretti.

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MP 910: Remembering John Andretti, Ep 7, with Jim Busby

MP 910: Remembering John Andretti, Ep 7, with Jim Busby

August 17, 2020

We welcome Jim Busby with Part 7 of the Remembering John Andretti series. The veteran sports car team owner takes us back to 1989 where John scored one of his biggest victories at the Rolex 24 At Daytona in Busby's Porsche 962, and fought to earn respect from his iconic teammate Bob Wollek over a season of IMSA GTP endurance racing.

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MP 909: Remembering John Andretti, Ep 8, with Derrick Walker

MP 909: Remembering John Andretti, Ep 8, with Derrick Walker

August 17, 2020

We welcome Derrick Walker with Part 8 of the Remembering John Andretti series as the former head of Porsche's IndyCar team details John's return to open-wheel racing in 1990.

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MP 908: Remembering John Andretti, Ep 9, with Jim Hall II

MP 908: Remembering John Andretti, Ep 9, with Jim Hall II

August 17, 2020

We welcome Jim Hall II with Part 9 of the Remembering John Andretti series, who shares stories of looking after his father's IndyCar program and working with John, who earned a famous win on debut in 1991 at Surfers Paradise.

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MP 907: Remembering John Andretti, Ep 10, with Jack Clark

MP 907: Remembering John Andretti, Ep 10, with Jack Clark

August 17, 2020

We welcome Major League Baseball all-star Jack Clark with Part 10 of the Remembering John Andretti series. Of all the crazy things John attempted in his career, driving Clark's NHRA Top Fuel dragster in 1993 was the wildest, which he shares in a rare interview.

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MP 906: Remembering John Andretti, Ep 11, with Bryan Herta

MP 906: Remembering John Andretti, Ep 11, with Bryan Herta

August 17, 2020

We welcome Bryan Herta with Part 11 of the Remembering John Andretti series. As an Indy 500 rookie in 1994 with the A.J. Foyt Racing team, Herta was fortunate to have John as a veteran teammate to learn from--all while Andretti was preparing to do the first 'Double' by racing at Indy and NASCAR's Charlotte 600 on the same day.

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MP 905: Remembering John Andretti, Ep 12, with Jeff Burton

MP 905: Remembering John Andretti, Ep 12, with Jeff Burton

August 17, 2020

We welcome Jeff Burton with Part 12 of the Remembering John Andretti series where he details a friendship that began in 1994 as rookies on the NASCAR Cup trail.

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