Episode 212 – OpenPaddock.net Podcast

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New OPIn our penultimate show of 2013, Mike, Doug, and Mike continue to be stunned at the enthusiasm shown for the new Formula E all-electric racing series, Panoz sues Nissan (who didn’t see that coming?), and TUSCAR has aero and tire issues with the prototypes. Whitesell leads us through the news in IndyCar and Formula 1, Patterson brings us up to speed on Indy Light’s new chassis and engine for 2015, and Shaw shakes his head at the T&S errors in the WRC and takes a first look at silly season.

OpenPaddock.net Podcast – Episode 212, Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Grab Bag

  • Race of Champions cancelled
  • 10 race schedule confirmed for FE
    • How’s the noise? Formula E completes first test in France (VIDEO
    • Virgin is 9th team for Formula E
    • DeCaprio involved with 10th FE team…. getting that sinking feeling?
  • Panoz-led Delta Wing consortium files lawsuit against Ben Bowlby and Nissan
  • Daytona prototype testing (TUSCAR) to resume after aero/tire problems

IndyCar

  • Takuma Sato will test for Formula E, which could alter Foyt seat
  • Firestone rolls in as title sponsor of St. Pete race
  • Schmidt signs Mikhail Aleshin to second IndyCar
  • NASCAR buys Iowa Speedway, no Cup date planned
  • Ganassi tests with Kanaan and Chevy for first time
  • 2014 TV Schedule
  • IMS plans for renovations revealed

MRTI

  • Andersen Promotions unveils new Dallara Indy Lights car renderings
  • AER picked as Indy Lights engine supplier from 2015
  • IndyCar, Lights team owner Mark Olson resolve issues from ’11
  • Pelfrey adds Derani for Pro Mazda
  • Alberico to Pro Mazda with Cape Motorsports
  • Edison to Pro Mazda with Cape Motorsports
  • Jamin completes Belardi USF2000 lineup
  • MRTI offseason test

Formula 1

  • Stefano Domenicali ‘frustrated’ to miss out on P2 for Ferrari in Brazil
  • Montezemolo gives Alonso 8 out of 10 for 2013
  • Maldonado named to partner Grosjean at Lotus for 2014
  • Quantum’s long-running saga comes to an inevitable end
  • Nico Hulkenberg rejoins Force India on multi-year deal
  • Bahrain confirms 2014 night race
  • Marussia could merge with Sauber
  • Lead Sauber engineer flees to Force India
  • Eddie Gossage spreads around the hate and diatribes
  • F1 turns down mandatory pit stops & increased weight limits
  • F1 adds new rules, cost cap, 5 sec penalties, driver numbers

Rally

  • Rally GB chief hits out at WRC timing failures as SIT blames hack
  • Citroen signs Meeke & Ostberg
  • Juho Hanninen to contest partial WRC campaign with Hyundai
  • Hyundai announce Sordo & Atkinson
  • Hyundai partners with big oil
  • New official team name: “Hyundai Shell World Rally Team”
  • Striking livery on new i20 WRC
  • Speculations on Qatar M-Sport squad?
  • I’m guessing Kubica & Hirvonen with Elfyn Evans in 3rd car when Nasser is busy
  • World Rally Championship promises record live TV coverage in 2014
  • WRC ratifies new rules for WRC
  • Teams allowed to rotate driver lineups
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