F1 – FiA Gets One Right

A lot is being made of the FiA’s recent decision to allow Formula One teams choice among three available compounds of Pirelli tires.  It’s a huge change, no matter how you slice it, but on that I like.  OK, I don’t advocate slicing tires, but I do advocate options that result in differing team strategies and, ideally, better racing on track. I even appreciate the idea of keeping teams’ compound selection secret, at least from other teams.  If a team knew another teams strategy, they could counter it, and it…

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Episode 225 – OpenPaddock.net Podcast

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | Google Podcasts | RSSShaun, his co-host Mike, and his other co-host Mike (yeah, that joke never gets old) lead you through our first big open-wheel weekend with IndyCar and the Mazda Road to Indy in St. Petersburg, and Formula 1 in Malaysia. Mr. Shaw reviews the news in rally and previews WRC’s Rally Portugal and looks with excitement to his time this week down in LA with the GRC. OpenPaddock.net Podcast: Episode 225 – Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 Misc. Talk that…

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Episode 219 – OpenPaddock.net Podcast

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | Google Podcasts | RSSThis week we have a special treat! Former Indy Lights driver, 2013 24 Hours of LeMans LMP2 race winner, and 2013 LMP2 World Endurance Championship season champion, Mr. Martin Plowman joins us to discuss his recent signing with A.J. Foyt Racing for the Month of May. We discuss the IndyCar Media Day announcements from Florida, Saavedra is confirmed at KV, and Simona is off to chase her dream of being a Formula 1 pilot with Sauber. Doug gives…

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Episode 217 – OpenPaddock.net Podcast

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | Google Podcasts | RSSYour host Shaun, his co-host Mike and his other co-host Mike lead you through this week’s news in motor racing. The trio look at how the IndyCar grid is shaping up, and comment on the National Guard deal with Rahal that we all knew was all but complete. Shaw previews Rally Sweden and the first round of the Canadian Championship. Rally America officially announces it’s deal with NBCSN and the WRC will air on MAVTV. Bernie slams the…

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Episode 213 – OpenPaddock.net Podcast

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | Google Podcasts | RSSMike, Mike, and Doug make one last appearance in 2013 and talk about the few bits of motorsport news that’s around. Formula E seems to have a lot more traction that we expected, Ganassi and Briscoe are reunited, as is Paul Page and IMS radio. Fan Force United returns to Indy Lights, Sutil safe at Sauber, and Kubica confirmed at M-Sport. In each category, we also look back at the best and worst from each segment we cover.…

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Episode 210 – OpenPaddock.net Podcast

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | Google Podcasts | RSSWhitesell, Shaw, and Patterson are at it again! Not much news this week in IndyCar, but we talk about some driver announcements in MRTI and announce that OpenPaddock and Belardi Auto Racing will continue their partnership in 2014. Max is back in the news while the new 2014 F1 regulations result in a near obscene nosecone. Kimi is out and Alonso is in for the support race to the Longhorns football game. In rally, Shaw previews Rally GB,…

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IndyCar- The business of racing 2.0

Which of these drivers would you hire? Driver A has 104 career IndyCar starts. He has 8 wins, 26 podiums, 37 Top Fives, 13 Poles, 10 Fastest Laps with a lowest full time season placing of 6th. Driver B has 82 career IndyCar starts. he has 1 win, 8 podiums, 16 Top Fives, 2 Poles, zero Fastest Laps with a best full time season placing of 7th. Driver A spent most of those starts at the helm of one of the series’ top seats. He’s been in championship contention, raced well on…

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Episode 205 – OpenPaddock.net Podcast

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | Google Podcasts | RSSNeely, Whitesell, and Patterson rip through all the news from IndyCar, USCaR, F1Car, and RallyCar. We examine the 2014 USCR schedule, and worry about the 2014 IndyCar schedule. Congratulations to Peter Portante and Scott Rettich for their victories at the SCCA Runoffs. We wrap up recaping the Singapore GP and the ability of the FIA to squash the last vestiges of sportsmanship and personality from the sport. Oh, and Ogier being a whiney about Loeb stealing his spotlight…

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Flag to Flag – 19 September *14:40 Update*

14:40 EST: GRC – Chevrolet Sonic Set for Debut The all new Chevrolet Sonic is set to make its Global Rallycross Championship debut at Charlotte. The Sonic will look to compete with rivals Ford but are realistic on their current position. The fact is this effort is a privateer entry with manufacturer support, but not a full team of folks like we see with the Fiestas. Head over to Racer.com and check out the story and look for the Sonic on a track near you. 10:00 EST: Formula 1 –…

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Flag to Flag – 18 September *Update 1:58 Eastern*

In an attempt to try something new, I would like to test a flag to flag post that will be a running microblog if you will of key stories throughout the day on the various series we cover here at the site. This will be a living and breathing post that will be compiled throughout the day with bigger stories getting a whole article dedicated. A lot of these stories will be linked to pages like Autosport and Racer, but will have a little sprinkling of opinion for good measure!…

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