Episode 243 – OpenPaddock.net Podcast

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadOpenPaddock.net Episode #243 for Tuesday, August 5, 2014   Preview Ummmm – Bernie gets out of trouble the only way he knows how, Conway in WEC at COTA, Milka in Nationwide because they need airbags IndyCar – Dixon teabags the field at Mid Ohio, 3 races left, and schedule talk for 2015 Rally – WRC Finalnd review and premium content on the web….  get a clue F1.  And some other news for GRC and WRX Ummmmmmmm – Unintelligible ‘malgamum of maniacal mixed motorsports musing…

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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 – MidOhio in Photos

WHEW! Finally done editing and posting the photos from the Mid-Ohio weekend. The day job can really get in the way sometimes. With the entire Mazda Road to Indy racing last weekend, it was a busy three days. I’ll have a recap of the action and a look at how the championships are shaping up soon. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the photos. Cooper Tires Presents the USF2000 National Championship Powered by Mazda Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires Firestone Indy Lights Series

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Episode 199 – OpenPaddock.net Podcast

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWe are joined this evening by Mid-Ohio race winner and driver of the #83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing DW12 in the IZOD IndyCar Series Charlie Kimball! Shaun, Kevin, Mike, and Mike talk with Charlie about his first win and about the photo he has of him standing on the podium a step above Vettel in his early days of racing. The crew offers condolences and best wishes to Smoke, looks at the politics of IndyCar racing at COTA, and the implications of USCR’s…

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ALMS and SCCA Photos from MidOhio


In addition to the IZOD IndyCar Series and the USF2000 National Championship, the American Le Mans Series and the SCCA Pro Racing Pirelli World Challenge were at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course last weekend. As always, the Cadillac CTS-Vs in the PWC sounded absolutely amazing! Robertson Racing’s FordGT were missed this week, but the new SRT Viper made it’s debut. I must admit that although it looked cool, it’s sound and performance were underwhelming compared to the Corvettes. MidOhio was their first event, however, and given that, I can cut…

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IndyCar and USF2000 Photos from MidOhio


I *FINALLY* have all of the photos from the IndyCar & ALMS weekend at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Here’s the USF2000 National Championship and the IZOD IndyCar Series photos. The sports car photos will be up in a separate post soon. USF2000 National Championship Photos IZOD IndyCar Photos

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OpEd – Caption This: USF2000 at MidOhio

Spencer Pigot, driver of the #2 Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing USF2000 car sponsored by Team Pelfrey, won Race #1 on Saturday at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. In Victory Circle, he enjoyed the spoils of his winning drive. Ah! The thrill of victory! Leave your ideas for a caption in the comments section below! Get a good/funny/weird photo from the races? Send it to me at doug@openpaddock.net and we’ll post it for all to enjoy and caption.

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USF2000 – Friday Practice at Mid-Ohio

It’s been a long summer off for the USF2000 drivers. The Championship class last competed in May on the 5/8-mile oval at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis the Saturday before the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race. The National class hadn’t competed since the Grand Prix of Long Beach in April! Now after over two months, three for the NAT drivers, the drivers for the first rung of the Mazda Road to Indy ladder system are back on track at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The Cape Motorsports duo of #2 Spencer…

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The Mid-Ohio Weekend in Photos


One of the magnificent things about a road course event, and the ALMS/INDYCAR weekend at Mid-Ohio especially, is that there is NEVER a quiet moment on the track. There’s always something buzzing around the circuit. This year was no exception as we has the Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Championship, the SCCA Pro World Challenge, the American LeMans Series, the US F2000 National Championship, and the IZOD IndyCar Series taking to the circuit from 0800 to as late as 1900! That also means that is photog was one busy dude! I…

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