Episode 204 – OpenPaddock.net Paddock

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New OPNASCAR imitates Formula One as Bowyer scratches an itch, Montoya will make an encore appearance in open-wheel racing, Kimi is confirmed at Ferrari as the 2014 calendar takes shape, and we recap the WRC Rally Australia and ERC Rally Poland.

OpenPaddock.net Podcast: Episode #204 – Tuesday September 17, 2013

The continuing NASCAR saga

  • NASCAR changes rules to deter race manipulation
  • Jeff Gordon added to NASCAR’s Chase field

IndyCar

  • Montoya turns down Andretti IndyCar offer
  • Juan Pablo Montoya’s return will give IndyCar a villain
  • Munoz closing in on IndyCar deal
  • Michael Andretti eyes F1 customer cars
  • IndyCar won’t be back in Baltimore in 2014, ’15
  • Kurt Busch will not participate in season-ending IndyCar race in California
  • next up – Houston October 5-6

Formula 1

  • Massa to leave Ferrari
  • Official: Raikkonen rejoins Ferrari
  • Ferrari signs de Beer from Lotus
  • Lotus signs Ferrari aero chief
  • Whiting inspects Mexico City track
  • New Jersey still expecting to be on 2014 calendar
  • Singapore Preview (Round 13 of 19)
  • Track changes at Singapore
  • next up – Korea October 6

Rally

  • WRC Australia (Round 10 of 13)
    • Kris Meeke crashes out, leaving Citroen frustrated
    • Sebastien Ogier wins but must wait for title
    • results – standings
    • Drama in Power Stage
    • Meeke crashes…again
    • Hirvonen can’t believe his F#$king luck
    • Ogier missing 1 point to be crowned World Champion
    • Kiwi Hayden Paddon – What could have been – showing major speed in S2000, would have dominated except for missing start of Day 1 due to $12 electrical part failure
    • Al-Kuwari voices safety concern for WRC2 not getting same gaps in the dust
    • next up – France October 3-6
  • ERC – Poland
    • Kubica loses it in sloppy home round
    • R5 claims it’s first victory with – Kajetan Kajetanwicz in Fiesta R5
    • Up to 40 R5 cars could be ready by next season opener in January – Ford Fiesta R5, Citroen DS3 R5, and Peugeot 208 T16 R5. Skoda looking to get into Fabia R5 as well
    • Discovery’s Velocity to carry ERC coverage in USA! – new partnership with Eurosport
    • NOTE: Top Gear America – at DirtFish Rally and stage rally roads of Olympus
  • GRC – Charlotte this weekend
    • Subaru drops to two cars and boots Dave Mirra
    • Mirra to drive Mini in Charlotte
    • Introduction of Chevy Sonic GRC