Episode 271 – OpenPaddock.net Podcast

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | Google Podcasts | 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…

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Episode 269 – OpenPaddock.net Podcast

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | Google Podcasts | RSSFor Tuesday May 12th, 2015.  We kick the show off with a preview of the Olympus Rally with special guest Clerk of the Course Ron Barker.  Ron has been part of the Olympus Rally since it’s inception, including the days when the event was part of the WRC Group B era. We also have volunteer and enthusiastic rally fan Derek Johnson on the show to help with the preview.  Derek is probably best known for being featured in the…

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Episode 264 – OpenPaddock.net Podcast

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | Google Podcasts | RSSMega show this week!  We start out the first hour talking rally with special guests Matt Brandenburg and Elliott Sherwood from BRAKIM Racing!  Who are these guys and how did they get started?  Let alone, why are they turning a Lamborghini into a rally car?  In our second hour we “dive” into WRC Mexico and our photog extraordinaire Doug Patterson tells us about his snow filled experience at this year’s Rally in the 100 Acre Wood.  In the final hour of…

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Episode 262- OpenPaddock.net Podcast

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | Google Podcasts | RSSFrom Tuesday February 10th, 2015. This week in rally we review Rally America’s Sno*Drift Rally, preview Rally Sweden, and discuss Toyota’s return to the WRC.  In our miscellaneous motorports segment we talk about the awesomeness that is the Bathurst 12 hour race and kangaroo dodging, NISMO GT Academy, and a few bits regarding F1.  We finish up with IndyCar ranting and question whether they are on the cusp of a golden era, then have a whole lot of Mazda Road…

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EPISODE 249 – OPENPADDOCK.NET PODCAST

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | Google Podcasts | RSSWell, better late than never right?  As I’ve now taken over editing the podcasts its taken me a little bit to get up to speed with the editing software and get these things posted.  As for the show, Mike Shaw and John Olsakovsky chat about Formula E’s debut, F1’s rule changes, Rally and Red Bull GRC LA, and finish off with the beginning of the long IndyCar silly season.  I hope you enjoy it as much as our past…

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IndyCar – The MidOhio IndyCar and MRTI Weekend in Photos

Wow. That took a while! I bought some larger cards and felt like I needed to fill them all. Ugh. I finally sorted through and edited all the open-wheel photos and have them posted below. I also have a ton of sports car photos that I’ve sorted, but haven’t finished editing. I’ll have those later along with recaps of the Mazda Road to Indy races and championships and of the Pirelli World Challenge races. You’ve heard Mr. Whitesell and I mention this on the podcast, and I’ll say it here…

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MRTI – Andersen Promotions and MAXSpeed Group Form Alliance

Today at between practice sessions for the Pro Mazda Championship, Andersen Promotions, who owns and/or operates all three rungs of the Mazda Road to Indy ladder program, announced a recruitment program with MAXSpeed Group who supplies of the engines used in the Rotax MAS Challenge karting series. The goal is to recruit three drivers from the Rotax MAX Challenge karting series into the Mazda Road to Indy’s USF2000 National Championship beginning with the 2015 season by offering four one-day testing scholarships. I’ll say that while this partnership is extremely valuable,…

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Indy Lights – Freedom 100 Qualifying and the New 2015 Chassis

Media Day is a pretty dead day at the Speedway from a fan attendance standpoint. There were some people there, but not many. For that matter, there weren’t many media folk there either! It’s unfortunate, because the Indy Lights drivers had a great practice and a fun and exciting qualifying session. In addition to the three hours of practice and the qualification session, the new 2015 Indy Lights chassis, the Dallara Automobili IL-15 was unveiled. It was a great day of preparation for today’s Freedom 100. Press releases are below…

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Episode 232 – OpenPaddock.net Podcast

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | Google Podcasts | RSSDoug returns this week to join the Mikes in discussing the qualifying weekend for the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race. We also preview this weekend’s Road to Indy races on Carb Day and the Night Before the 500. Shaw recaps the news from the GCR, WRC, and Rally America, and we wrap up the show with a preview of the Monaco GP and which Mercedes we think will win. OpenPaddock.net Podcast, Episode 232 – Tuesday,…

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IndyCar – Road to Indy Well Represented in 500 Field

The Mazda Road to Indy has been a very successful program since it’s inception. We’ve certainly done our best to document that here at OpenPaddock.net and to follow the progress of many of the drivers that have come through the Road to Indy, but admittedly, we’re fans and a bit biased. There is objective evidence of the program’s success, and it can be seen in the list of the 33 drivers who will contest the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race. Although the formal program has only been…

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