The Marshall Pruett Podcast
MP 562: How Roger Penske Changed The Indy 500, Ep 8, with Jade Gurss

MP 562: How Roger Penske Changed The Indy 500, Ep 8, with Jade Gurss

May 22, 2019

Part eight of the 15-part feature series ‘How Roger Penske Changed The Indy 500,’ which celebrates the most successful entrant at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on the 50th anniversary of his first which took place in 1969, welcomes author Jade Gurss.

His fantastic book “Beast” chronicles the unbelievable efforts expended by Roger Penske and Ilmor Engineering, along with the precarious nature of the project which could have failed on multiple occasions, to produce an unbeatable stock block engine for the 1994 Indy 500, which Al Unser Jr used to win for Team Penske.

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MP 561: The Week In IndyCar, May 22, with Ben Bretzman and Anders Krohn

MP 561: The Week In IndyCar, May 22, with Ben Bretzman and Anders Krohn

May 22, 2019

Simon Pagenaud's Team Penske race engineer Ben Bretzman and NBC Sports analyst Anders Krohn join us to review a crazy weekend of qualifying and look ahead to Sunday's Indianapolis 500 where Ben's driver sits on pole and Anders will be bringing his brilliant commentary to IndyCar Radio and NBC's coverage starting on Carb Day.

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MP 560: The Day At Indy, May 20, with Chris Medland, Santino Ferrucci, and Jim Ayello

MP 560: The Day At Indy, May 20, with Chris Medland, Santino Ferrucci, and Jim Ayello

May 20, 2019

RACER.com Formula 1 reporter Chris Medland is the first of three guests on the Monday, May 20 edition of The Day At Indy as he shares insights on the McLaren team's unfortunate collapse during time trials. Dale Coyne Racing rookie Santino Ferrucci follows Medland with news of being schooled by Helio Castroneves during Monday's two-hour practice session, and we close with IndyCar reporter Jim Ayello who helps explore a wide range of topics coming out of Indy 500 qualifying. 

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MP 559: How Roger Penske Changed The Indy 500, Ep 7, with Nigel Bennett

MP 559: How Roger Penske Changed The Indy 500, Ep 7, with Nigel Bennett

May 20, 2019

Part seven of the 15-part feature series ‘How Roger Penske Changed The Indy 500,’ which celebrates the most successful entrant at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on the 50th anniversary of his first which took place in 1969, peerless chassis designer and race engineer Nigel Bennett.

Bennett's immediate impact at Penske Cars produced the 1988 Indy 500 winner driven by Rick Mears, the 1989 winner driven by Emerson Fittipaldi, and more, including the legendary Penske PC23 chassis that carried ‘The Beast’, the 1000-horsepower Mercedes-Ilmor stock block engine from 1994.

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MP 558: How Roger Penske Changed The Indy 500, Ep 6, with Chuck Sprague

MP 558: How Roger Penske Changed The Indy 500, Ep 6, with Chuck Sprague

May 20, 2019

Part six of the 15-part feature series ‘How Roger Penske Changed The Indy 500,’ which celebrates the most successful entrant at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on the 50th anniversary of his first which took place in 1969, is master mechanic and team manager Chuck Sprague.

Sprague’s time at Team Penske from the late 1970s through the late 1990s helped produce countless IndyCar championships and Indy 500 wins.

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MP 557: The Day At Indy, May 19, with Kyle Kaiser, Elton Julian and Ben Hanley

MP 557: The Day At Indy, May 19, with Kyle Kaiser, Elton Julian and Ben Hanley

May 20, 2019

Two of the biggest surprises in the 2019 Indianapolis 500 joins us for the The Day At Indy on Sunday, May 19, as Juncos Racing's Kyle Kaiser and DragonSpeed owner Elton Julian, along with driver Ben Hanley, share their amazing underdog tales.

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MP 556: The Day At Indy, May 18, with Spencer Pigot, Tim Clauson, Josef Newgarden, and Colton Herta

MP 556: The Day At Indy, May 18, with Spencer Pigot, Tim Clauson, Josef Newgarden, and Colton Herta

May 19, 2019

It's another packed episode of The Day At Indy for Saturday, May 18, as a wild day of qualifying for the Indy 500, led by our opening guest Spencer Pigot from Ed Carpenter Racing, saw McLaren Racing and Fernando Alonso miss out on securing a spot in the field for the Spaniard while Tim Clauson's Clauson-Marshall Racing USAC dirt racing program earned the 30th and final position available on Saturday.

Clauson is joined by Team Penske's Josef Newgarden who, like Pigot, earned the right to vie for pole position on Sunday after capturing a spot in the Fast 9.

We close with Harding Steinbrenner Racing's Colton Herta, who posted the fifth-fastest speed and will also take a shot at pole, and gives us some amazing insights on his amazing performance on Saturday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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MP 555: The Day At Indy, May 17, with Chris Medland, Robin Miller, Ricardo Juncos, and Anders Krohn

MP 555: The Day At Indy, May 17, with Chris Medland, Robin Miller, Ricardo Juncos, and Anders Krohn

May 18, 2019

It's a packed episode of The Day At Indy for Friday, May 17, as RACER's F1 reporter Chris Medland and RACER's Robin Miller review a strange day and preview who might make--and miss--the field of 33 this weekend at Indy. They're followed by Ricardo Juncos, whose team is in a fight against time to prepare a backup car for Kyle Kaiser who destroyed his primary chassis in a heavy crash on Friday, and we close with NBC Sport's analysis Anders Krohn, who adds his insights on how the week has shaped up with qualifying on the horizon.

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MP 554: How Roger Penske Changed The Indy 500, Ep 5, with Rick Mears

MP 554: How Roger Penske Changed The Indy 500, Ep 5, with Rick Mears

May 17, 2019

Welcome to the feature series ‘How Roger Penske Changed The Indy 500,’ which celebrates the most successful entrant at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on the 50th anniversary of his first which took place in 1969.

This 15-part series spans some of the greatest drivers, managers, mechanics, designers, and the man himself, Roger Penske, to document The Captain’s vast influence on America’s defining motor race, the Indy 500, and in many instances, the sport as a whole.

Our guest for the fifth episode is The Rocket, Rick Mears, the only man to win all four of his Indy 500s while driving for Roger Penske in a career that spanned 1978 through 1992 in the cockpit, and who continues to this day as a driver coach and consultant for Penske’s NTT IndyCar Series team.

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MP 553: How Roger Penske Changed The Indy 500, Ep 4, with Mario Andretti

MP 553: How Roger Penske Changed The Indy 500, Ep 4, with Mario Andretti

May 17, 2019

Welcome to the feature series ‘How Roger Penske Changed The Indy 500,’ which celebrates the most successful entrant at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on the 50th anniversary of his first which took place in 1969.

This 15-part series spans some of the greatest drivers, managers, mechanics, designers, and the man himself, Roger Penske, to document The Captain’s vast influence on America’s defining motor race, the Indy 500, and in many instances, the sport as a whole.

Our guest for the fourth episode is Mario Andretti, whose lone Indy 500 win came the same year as Penske’s introduction to Indy, and who drove for The Captain at the Speedway from 1976 to 1980.

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MP 552: The Day At Indy, May 16, with Dario Franchitti, Elton Julian, and James Davison

MP 552: The Day At Indy, May 16, with Dario Franchitti, Elton Julian, and James Davison

May 17, 2019

Three-time Indy 500 winner Dario Franchitti, new Indy 500 team owner Elton Julian from DragonSpeed, and driver James Davison from the Dale Coyne Racing with Byrd/Hollinger/Belardi program join us for The Day At Indy on Thursday, May 16, where another crash, repairs from Wednesday's crashes, the absence of Fernando Alonso's car on pit lane, Jimmie Johnson's appearance, Felix Rosenqvist's return to action, rain, getting Ben Hanley up to speed in Julian's car, issues with travel visas, and Davison's efforts to make it into the field of 33 are discussed.

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MP 551: The Day At Indy, May 15, with Katie Hargitt

MP 551: The Day At Indy, May 15, with Katie Hargitt

May 16, 2019

IndyCar reporter Katie Hargitt joins us for The Day At Indy to discuss the second day of practice for the Indianapolis 500 where crashes and surprise performances dominated the conversation, and an update on Hargitt's Fuel The Female STEM initiative closes the conversation.

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MP 550: The Week In IndyCar, May 15, with Mike Hull

MP 550: The Week In IndyCar, May 15, with Mike Hull

May 15, 2019

Chip Ganassi Racing managing director Mike Hull is back as our guest for The Week In IndyCar as he and show host Marshall Pruett field questions from IndyCar fans following the Indy GP and heading into the opening week of practice for the Indy 500.

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MP 549: The Day At Indy, May 14, with Conor Daly

MP 549: The Day At Indy, May 14, with Conor Daly

May 15, 2019

Andretti Autosport's Conor Daly joins us for The Day At Indy to discuss the first day of practice for the Indianapolis 500, how his experiences in 2019 have differed greatly from 2018 at a different team, whether fans should be concerned about McLaren's early issues with Fernando Alonso's entry, and more...

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MP 548: The Week In Sports Cars, May 14, with Graham Goodwin

MP 548: The Week In Sports Cars, May 14, with Graham Goodwin

May 14, 2019

It's the latest edition of The Week In Sports Cars podcast with Marshall Pruett and Graham Goodwin driven by listener-submitted questions from Facebook, Reddit, and Twitter.

Topics:

WEC/AsLMS/ACO/ELMS(starts at 1m42s)

IMSA (29m27s)

General and Fun (52m35s)

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MP 547: How Roger Penske Changed The Indy 500, Ep 3, with Bobby Unser

MP 547: How Roger Penske Changed The Indy 500, Ep 3, with Bobby Unser

May 14, 2019

Welcome to the feature series ‘How Roger Penske Changed The Indy 500,’ which celebrates the most successful entrant at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on the 50th anniversary of his first which took place in 1969.

This 15-part series spans some of the greatest drivers, managers, mechanics, designers, and the man himself, Roger Penske, to document The Captain’s vast influence on America’s defining motor race, the Indy 500, and in many instances, the sport as a whole.

Our guest for the third episode is the irascible Bobby Unser. There’s no question about Roger Penske that Bobby Unser can’t turn 180 degrees and make about himself. And that’s the Uncle Bobby charm.

He takes mechanics, team managers, his brother Al, and even Mr. Penske to task when recounting his IndyCar career in and around The Captain’s empire. He also defends Mr. Penske with ferocity, presented in an abstract, me-first manner, of course.

At 85, Uncle Bobby has a free pass to curse and cajole all he wants. And here, it’s an urging to beware: If your ears are sensitive to the unholiest of words and creative ways to describe fornication, this episode is one to skip, with haste.

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MP 546: How Roger Penske Changed The Indy 500, Ep 2, with Robin Miller

MP 546: How Roger Penske Changed The Indy 500, Ep 2, with Robin Miller

May 14, 2019

Welcome to the feature series ‘How Roger Penske Changed The Indy 500,’ which celebrates the most successful entrant at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on the 50th anniversary of his first which took place in 1969.

This 15-part series spans some of the greatest drivers, managers, mechanics, designers, and the man himself, Roger Penske, to document The Captain’s vast influence on America’s defining motor race, the Indy 500, and in many instances, the sport as a whole.

Our guest for the second episode is Robin Miller, whose very first Indy 500 as a cub reporter for the Indianapolis Star fell in 1969, giving the two titans of the sport a shared 50th anniversary.

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MP 545: How Roger Penske Changed The Indy 500, Ep 1, with Roger Penske

MP 545: How Roger Penske Changed The Indy 500, Ep 1, with Roger Penske

May 14, 2019

Welcome to the feature series ‘How Roger Penske Changed The Indy 500,’ which celebrates the most successful entrant at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on the 50th anniversary of his first which took place in 1969.

This 15-part series spans some of the greatest drivers, managers, mechanics, designers, and the man himself, Roger Penske, to document The Captain’s vast influence on America’s defining motor race, the Indy 500, and in many instances, the sport as a whole.

Our guest for the first episode is the man himself, Roger Penske.

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MP 544: Inside The Sports Car Paddock, May 13, Jeff Braun Volume 1

MP 544: Inside The Sports Car Paddock, May 13, Jeff Braun Volume 1

May 13, 2019

Episode 17 of Inside The Sports Car Paddock is an anthology of Jeff Braun's first eight engineering and insider technical topics.

Ep 1, from January 30th (starts at 2m16s): Our debut episode opens Jeff breaking down the team's incredible efforts to get their Nissan Onroak DPi to the finish line, the reasons why heavy rains made it impossible to continue racing, and whether the first red flag should have been the final red of the day. 

Ep 2, from February 4th (1h00m29s):  Jeff discusses the rules and management process involved with drive-time in IMSA.

Ep 3, from February 11th (1h25m46s): Jeff explains the thought process behind race strategy with IMSA's yellow flag rules, and shares a tale about out-smarting the rulebook that led to changes made in his name.

Ep 4, from February 18th (1h55m40s): Jeff discusses the fine art of sports car damping by using the upcoming race at Sebring to explore the rules and needs for controlling the ride characteristics of sports cars on the bumpy road course.

Ep 5, from February 25th (2h28m56s): Jeff focuses on traction control and modern radio systems.

Ep 6, from March 4th (3h09m01s): Jeff who details the art of qualifying setups.

Ep 7, March 11th (3h30m29s): Jeff chronicles in-race Balance of Performance monitoring and adjustments.

Ep 8, March 18th (3h54m10s): To close Volume 1—the first eight episodes of tech features with Jeff Braun—we center on wet-weather chassis setups and strategies.

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MP 543: The Day At Indy, May 13, with Ricardo Juncos and Simon Pagenaud

MP 543: The Day At Indy, May 13, with Ricardo Juncos and Simon Pagenaud

May 13, 2019

IndyCar team owner Ricardo Juncos joins us for The Day At Indy to discuss the sponsor losses recently faced by Juncos Racing, and he's followed by Team Penske's Indy Grand Prix winner Simon Pagenaud, who shares how performances in the rain by his late hero Ayrton Senna inspired his drive to victory on a wet Saturday at IMS.

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