The Marshall Pruett Podcast
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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MP 857: The Week In Sports Cars, June 14, with Pruett and Goodwin

MP 857: The Week In Sports Cars, June 14, with Pruett and Goodwin

June 14, 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 3m41s)
  2. WEC/AsLMS/ELMS/ACO (30m08s)
  3. General (57m09s)
  4. Fun (1h13m48s)

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MP 856: The 1987 Maxxum GTP Was The Strangest Car Scott Pruett Raced

MP 856: The 1987 Maxxum GTP Was The Strangest Car Scott Pruett Raced

June 13, 2020

“The Maxxum just always felt like a fight," Scott Pruett said when answering the question of the strangest car he raced. "You were always arm-wrestling the thing. Always.”

The 1987 IMSA GTP creation, run by Roush Racing, looked unique, used a bunch of different engines, and it just didn't work, as the American racing legend tells The Marshall Pruett Podcast in a short and winding interview.

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MP 855: The Week In IndyCar, June 10, with Mike Hull

MP 855: The Week In IndyCar, June 10, with Mike Hull

June 10, 2020

Chip Ganassi Racing managing director Mike Hull is here for The Week In IndyCar show to answer questions about his driver's win in Texas and more in the listener-driven show.

Episode Time Stamps For Select Topics:

  1. What makes Scott Dixon so good? (starts at 0m48s)
  2. How was the Texas event different under COVID-19 restrictions, and on Michael Cannon's engineering influence (4m54s)
  3. Thoughts on sim racing for driver development? (21m29s)
  4. Felix Rosenqvist's year-to-year growth at Texas, team's reaction to his crash (25m29s)
  5. Difficulties in expanding to three cars with Marcus Ericsson? (31m44s)
  6. What does the cable that gets connected to the car do? (35m30s)
  7. Explaining the job titles and roles on an IndyCar crew (38m48s)

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MP 854: The Week In IndyCar, June 9, Listener Q&A

MP 854: The Week In IndyCar, June 9, Listener Q&A

June 9, 2020

It's a packed new episode of The Week In IndyCar show following the first race of the year at Texas, with questions submitted from fans via social media.

Listener Q&A begins at the 25m10s mark in the episode.

Among the items covered:

"Will we see a change to the impound rules for the next race? It seems that three guys had their races ruined by the fact that the IndyCar implemented special rules."

"How much we should put into Ed Carpenter's comments after the race about Rinus VeeKay? Obviously, it wasn't a great weekend for Rinus and wasn't very pleased after what was a great run for him. How long do you think it will take for Rinus to build up Ed's trust in him again?

"Has anyone researched whether the traction compound has ruined the Texas track for IndyCar for the long term, or whether it should be fine by next year? Would have been a really entertaining race if people could have passed, but it was brutal."

"Following up on the discussion about the cancellation of Indy Lights for this year from last week, you mentioned that it looks like Indy Car was going to be putting pressure on IndyCar teams to get involved with Lights. Is your understanding that they are wanting them to field teams, and subsidize the cost for drivers to participate in the series, or simply field teams for paying drivers, like Andretti Autosport currently does? If the latter, how would that help the series with more entries, if the current demand for entries for paying drivers isn’t there already? All it would seem to do would shift from independent teams to Indy Car development teams and put the small teams out of business."

"IndyCar drivers as Ninja Turtles: Who do you cast as each turtle? I'll start by casting Hinch as Michelangelo."

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MP 853: Catching Up With Zach Veach

MP 853: Catching Up With Zach Veach

June 6, 2020

Zach Veach's sophomore NTT IndyCar Series season did not go according to plan, which left the Ohioan to review his approach to driving the No. 26 Andretti Autosport Honda and devise a new strategy for 2020. Veach visited the Marshall Pruett Podcast to share his efforts to turn a young career around and try, provided he's successful, to earn a new sponsor contract and stay with Andretti in the future.

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MP 852: The Week In Sports Cars, June 6, with Pruett and Goodwin

MP 852: The Week In Sports Cars, June 6, with Pruett and Goodwin

June 5, 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 2m43s)
  2. WEC/AsLMS/ELMS/ACO (49m02s)
  3. Fun & General (1h20m20s)

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MP 851: IndyCar 2020 Season Preview with Leigh Diffey

MP 851: IndyCar 2020 Season Preview with Leigh Diffey

June 5, 2020
NBC Sports' Leigh Diffey joined us on March 11 to record an in-depth season preview for the NTT IndyCar Series, and with the opener at St. Petersburg being moved to the end of the year and numerous calendar changes that followed due to the coronavirus outbreak, it's time to share the insights offered for each team as they prepare to get the the season under way.

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MP 850: Porsche 911 RSR In-Car Audio, Monterey 2019

MP 850: Porsche 911 RSR In-Car Audio, Monterey 2019

June 4, 2020
We are back with another with in-car audio feature, courtesy of Porsche North America, with the championship-winning Porsche 911 RSR captured in the No. 912 entry driven by Earl Bamber and Laurens Vanthoor singing to the heavens with its 4.0-liter flat-6 engines and rear-facing exhausts at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in 2019.
 
With the Porsche GT Team and its factory 911 RSR program set to fall silent at the end of the year, the car's once-in-a-lifetime sounds will be greatly missed.

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MP 849: The Week In IndyCar, June 3, with Scott Dixon

MP 849: The Week In IndyCar, June 3, with Scott Dixon

June 3, 2020

Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon returns for The Week In IndyCar show to answer listener questions as the five-time champion readies to go racing this weekend in Texas.

Episode Time Stamps For Select Topics:

  1. Thoughts on getting back to action, and moving the Indy 500 to August (starts at 4m29s)
  2. Working with the 35-lap tire stint limits and race strategy adjustments at Texas (11m39s)
  3. How close is Dixon to his pit crew away from the track? (13m36s)
  4. His wife Emma's iRacing debut and her competitiveness (16m24s)
  5. With changing calendars, will he continue in IMSA with Wayne Taylor Racing? (22m37s)
  6. Memories of Nazareth 2001, his first IndyCar win (24m42s)
  7. Dixon's fantasy Indy 500 front row (27m36s)
  8. Reflections on racing an Aston Martin at the Bathurst 12 Hours (30m21s)
  9. Memories of racing in the Formula Holden series and the impact of Kiwi legend Kenny Smith (38m32s)

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MP 848: The Week In IndyCar, June 3, Listener Q&A

MP 848: The Week In IndyCar, June 3, Listener Q&A

June 2, 2020

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

Listener Q&A begins at the 23m05s mark in the episode.

Among the items covered:

"Why did Firestone implement a very short tire stint limit before they even turned a wheel in Texas? Why not wait and see if maybe they can make the window bigger after practice."

"McLaren has been admirable in saying that there would still be a place for Robbie Wickens when he comes back, but is that a realistic prospect when they are running two full-time cars and have a list of part-timers already in mind for next year?"

"Now that the Indy Lights season has been cancelled, could any of those teams use their budgets/sponsorship dollars to run a car at Indy or another IndyCar race? Could one of the bigger teams lease them one of their backup cars for a one off run somewhere?"

"What can you tell us about software in IndyCar? I know it's a general question, but #mepersonally working in IT and you (I believe) having a CS background, I always wonder what type of off-the-shelf or in-house software they run. Bonus points for using as many technical terms and acronyms as possible."

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MP 847: Stefan Johansson’s Worst F1 Race, Which Includes Hitting a Deer

MP 847: Stefan Johansson’s Worst F1 Race, Which Includes Hitting a Deer

June 1, 2020

The 1987 Austrian Grand Prix at the impossibly fast ‎Österreichring pummeled Stefan Johansson and his No. 2 McLaren Racing MP 4/3-TAG Porsche. From hitting a deer to the subsequent maladies that took place, the Swede spins yarns from the pain-riddled weekend where everything kept going wrong.

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MP 846: The Week In Sports Cars, May 31, with Pruett and Goodwin

MP 846: The Week In Sports Cars, May 31, with Pruett and Goodwin

May 31, 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 1m55s)
  2. WEC/AsLMS/ELMS/ACO (19m46s)
  3. Fun (37m40s) 
  4. General (57m41s)

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MP 845: Tommy Kendall and Dan Binks IMSA Mazda RX-7 Reunion

MP 845: Tommy Kendall and Dan Binks IMSA Mazda RX-7 Reunion

May 29, 2020

Sports car champion Tommy Kendall and his former chief mechanic Dan Binks reunited at Laguna Seca in Monterey in August of 2019 to run the IMSA Mazda RX-7 GTU entry for the first time since winning championships together in the 1980s.

Tears were shed in the funny and emotional visit to The Marshall Pruett Podcast as two titans of motor racing share stories from IMSA's golden era.

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MP 844: The Week In IndyCar, May 29, Listener Q&A

MP 844: The Week In IndyCar, May 29, Listener Q&A

May 28, 2020

It's a new episode of The Week In IndyCar show, with questions submitted from fans via social media. Among the items covered:

"MP, let’s say in a dream world Ferrari does come to IndyCar, what does it do for the series here and globally?"

"I am relatively new to IndyCar as a result of your podcast and therefore know nothing about the split. People love to talk about the huge negative impact of the split. What do you think are positives that can be taken from the split and subsequent merger?"

"Do you think the cancellation of this years Toronto Indy puts the future of the race in jeopardy? And a follow up question, what is the prospects of having more races in Canada in the future?"

Listener Q&A begins at the 5m46s mark in the episode.

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MP 843: The Week In IndyCar, May 28, with Zak Brown

MP 843: The Week In IndyCar, May 28, with Zak Brown

May 28, 2020

McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown returns for The Week In IndyCar as the Arrow McLaren SP team readies itself for the June 6 season opener in Texas.

Episode Time Stamps For Select Topics:

  1. Takeaways one year later on McLaren Racing's 2019 Indy 500 entry (starts at 1m27s)
  2. Thoughts on the adjusted IndyCar schedule and contingency planning amid COVID-19 (4m48s)
  3. Thoughts on Ferrari's expression of interest in joining IndyCar (6m55s)
  4. Would a Formula 1-style budget cap be worth considering in IndyCar? (8m08s)
  5. Was Fernando Alonso an option for a third AMSP entry at Texas? (13m44s)
  6. Will AMSP look to run guest drivers in 2020? (15m21s)
  7. Zak's vintage Indy car collection (20m06s)

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MP 842: Wolfgang Monsehr, Who The Hell Are You?, Season 2

MP 842: Wolfgang Monsehr, Who The Hell Are You?, Season 2

May 25, 2020

The 22nd and final episode for Season 2 of Who The Hell Are You? features the infamous German motor racing reporter Wolfgang 'Two Questions' Monsehr, and it's both magnificent and disturbing. Recorded in 2018, the 50 questions offer a window into the interviewee's character and personality using topics that range from the silly to serious and sometimes naughty. 

Episode Keywords:

  1. Merkel
  2. Country & Western Music
  3. Dolly Parton
  4. Fake Police Fight
  5. The Jungle Camp
  6. People Of Walmart
  7. Kroger
  8. Flight Of The Phoenix=687 
  9. Grand Prix=500 

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MP 841: Simon Pagenaud, Who The Hell Are You?, Season 2

MP 841: Simon Pagenaud, Who The Hell Are You?, Season 2

May 25, 2020

The 21st of 22 episodes for Season 2 of Who The Hell Are You? features Indy 500 winner Simon Pagenaud, and it's a gem. Recorded in 2018, the 50 questions offer a window into the interviewee's character and personality using topics that range from the silly to serious and sometimes naughty. 

Episode Keywords:

  1. Purge Questions
  2. Reggae Lion
  3. 1000 Magazines
  4. Tattoo Enthusiast
  5. Family Guy
  6. Licking Yogurt
  7. Guilt

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MP 840: Ryan Briscoe, Who The Hell Are You?, Season 2

MP 840: Ryan Briscoe, Who The Hell Are You?, Season 2

May 25, 2020

The 20th of 22 episodes for Season 2 of Who The Hell Are You? features sports car ace Ryan Briscoe. Recorded in 2018, the 50 questions offer a window into the interviewee's character and personality using topics that range from the silly to serious and sometimes naughty. 

Episode Keywords:

  1. I'm A Lover
  2. Daft Punk
  3. Justin Wilson
  4. High Traffic Item
  5. Area 51

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