Category Archives: OP-Ed

RallyCast Episode 10 – Vexit and Subaru Helps ARA Solidify It’s Legitimacy

Podcast: Play in new window | Download In this episode Mike, Matt, and Tom welcome new member Ian Holmes to the show.  Ian helps us debate VW’s exit from the World Rally Championship and where the drivers might go.  We also discuss the big announcements last week from Subaru and the American Rally Association which appears to cement the new series

Op-Ed: American Rally Championships Expected to be a 5 to 4 Split for 2017

After yesterday’s announcement that the Oregon Trail Rally will switch to the newly formed American Rally Association, there was a quick response from the organizers of the Rally in the 100 Acre Wood that they would remain under the existing Rally America sanctioning. We would like to announce that Rally in the 100 Acre Wood will be March 17-18, 2017

New American Rally Association Coup Apparently Not Yet Complete

Yesterday one of the biggest bombshells in American rally racing was dropped with the announcement of the new American Rally Association as a new sanctioning body.  Admittedly we’ve seen this before when just a year ago the formation of the US Rally Association threatened to replace the often criticized Rally America Championship Series, but it never came to fruition.  So what’s different

RallyCast Episode 08

Podcast: Play in new window | Download In this episode Mike, Matt, and Andrew Pascarella (a.k.a. Raced in Anger), review the New England Forest Rally from a week ago.  At the 1:26 mark we get a bit more local as Mike and Doug Patterson talk with special guest Kito Brielmaier of the Northwest Rally Association and about SCCA RallyCross and some new

Op Ed – A Racing Travesty

The Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb is one of those events that every racer looks at with respect and admiration, if not a desire to attempt. The race has claimed lives with hairpin curves winding up and around a mountain peak with no guardrails. That is FiA Grade “Are you kidding me?!?” Despite this, it’s almost a complete unknown that

RallyCast Episode 07 – Featuring Special Guest Dillon Van Way

Podcast: Play in new window | Download In this week’s show Mike, Doug, and Matt start with an exclusive interview with Dillon Van Way after his return from WRC Portugal.  Dillon gives us all the details on what it’s like competing in the Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy against some of the best young rally drivers in the world.  From there

2016 Indy 500 Preview – Live from Indianapolis!

Podcast: Play in new window | Download For the first time the latest edition of the OpenPaddock band has come together in person at the most famous racing venue in the world.  After having a splendid Cajun dinner at Yats on Mass in downtown Indianapolis, Mike Shaw, John Olsakovski, Doug Patterson, and the long lost Mike Whitesell give some impromptu predictions (if

Episode 295 UMMM-Cast –

Podcast: Play in new window | Download This is likely the last UMMM Cast until after Indy. Tom and I share morning beverages (for once!) as we discuss the great Red Bull driver swap going into the the Spanish Grand Prix. The Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis was a great race, but it’s overshadowed by our excitement about the

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