2016 Indy 500 Preview – Live from Indianapolis!

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSFor 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 you can call it that) for tomorrows 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race.  Enjoy!

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Episode 291 UMMM-Cast – OpenPaddock.net

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSIn this week’s UMMM-Cast, John is at the helm as we talk everything Open Wheel.  Formula One is done testing and en route to Australia while the Verizon IndyCar Series finally gets underway at St. Pete this weekend.  We finish off in full jealousy mode as John also gives us a first hand recap of the Pirelli World Challenge opener from the Circuit of the Americas.  Oh to live so close to track like that!

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Episode 289 UMMMMCast – OpenPaddock.net Podcast

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSContinuing with our segregated shows this week is Episode 289 of UMMMCast focusing on what we like to call the Unexplainable Mixed Malgamation of Motorsports Mayhem.  John takes the helm as we review the 24hrs of Daytona which saw close battles in damn near every class. In F1 news there’s a thankful driver change at Renault and finally engines get the development time they need.  We wrap it up with IndyCar news where they had a media day that apparently barely made the media.

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Episode 286 – OpenPaddock.net Podcast

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSIn this episode in rally we talk about the wet and wild inaugural SCCA NW Rally Sprint at DirtFish Rally School with clips from winner Jeff Seehorn and chief organizer Kito Brielmaier.  We also discuss all the moves in the WRC (recorded before the Meeke announcement), and the new Hyundai i20 WRC 2016.  In our Ummm coverage, the F1 season ended, but the infighting continues.  In IndyCar The Mayor of Hinchtown is healed, Conor Daly finally gets the full season ride we’ve been…

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Episode 285 – OpenPaddock.net Podcast

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSIn this episode we have special guest from the Pacific Northwest Kito Brielmaier who tells us all about the upcoming NW Rally Sprint. We also review the wet and wild Wales Rally GB and other bits of rally news. In our mixed motorsports segment we review the Mexico and Brazil GPs and finally in IndyCar we scrape the barrel to find some news.

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Episode 284 – OpenPaddock.net Podcast

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSIn this episode Mike and John discuss the dramatic finish to World Rally Championship round in Spain along with other rally news. In our UMMM section John gives us a fans percpective from his trip to the hurricane soaked US Grand Prix in Austin, which turned out to be one of the greatest F1 races in a long time. We finish up with IndyCar’s 2016 schedule, and show our support for #Shirts4Sage.   In case you missed it, here’s a link to the IndyCar…

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Episode 278 – OpenPaddock.net Podcast

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSPodcast #278 for Tuesday, August 4, 2015 After a bit of a summer break, Mike and John are back to cover all the action of rally, rallycross, F1, and IndyCar.  In rally, Mike reviews WRC Germany; the entry list for this weekend’s upcoming Ojibwe Forests Rally; and a short review of Red Bull GRC in DC.  In F1 John takes us through all the action of the Belgian Grand Prix at the famed Spa Francorchamps circuit and the tire controversy.  In IndyCar Doug Patterson joins the team to…

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Justin Wilson – The Big Man of IndyCar

It is always with a heavy heart whenever we have to write about the tragic loss of a racing driver.  I think our friend and colleague Doug Patterson said it best “I love this sport for the greatness and awesomeness it can bring out in competitors and fans. I hate this sport for the unbearable price it on occasion demands.”  That pretty much sums it up.   Justin Wilson was truly one of the great ones, both in skill and stature.  At a commanding 6’4″ he was a tight fit in most…

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Episode 277 – OpenPaddock.net Podcast

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSPodcast #277 for Tuesday, August 4, 2015 This week we kick off rally with special guest Dillon Van Way former Rally America Super Production Champion who is now competing internationally in the FIA NACAM Rally Championship in Ford Fiesta R2.  We also call up our good friend Matt Kalish who was at the Red Bull GRC double header in Detroit.  In our F1 segment we talk about the surprisingly interesting race in Hungary, and then we finish off the show with…

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Episode 271 – OpenPaddock.net Podcast

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSPodcast #271 for Wednesday May 27th, 2015.  In this week’s episode we review WRC Portugal and spend some time focusing on the incident with privateer Lorenzo Bertelli.  We then preview this weekend’s season opener of the Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship that kicks off in Ft. Lauderdale. In F1 we chat about the Grand Parade of Monaco and it’s unusual finish. We then devote our greatest attention to the greatest spectacle in racing, the Indy 500.  We hope you like listening as much as we like talking!  Oh, and…

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