Episode 195 – OpenPaddock.net Podcast

New OPThis week, we review the triumphant return of the IZOD IndyCar Series to Pocono and look ahead to Toronto, Doug recaps the Indy Lights race at Pocono, and gives us a rundown of where all three of the Mazda Road to Indy series stand as they all head to Toronto, Mike and Shaun look at the tyre failures at Silverstone and point their fingers squarely at the teams, and they review the German Grand Prix, and Mike Shaw runs through the latest news and rumors from the world of rally and recaps all the action from the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

OpenPaddock.net Podcast #195 – July 9th, 2013


  • Pocono
    • Practice revealed problems prompting aero and tire changes
    • Quals
    • 3 wide start – Hinch does it in style and then shows up the broadcast team
    • Sato Ralf’s over RHR, smearing championship hopes all over pitlane
      • thumb problems
    • Ganassi makes a statement with 1-2-3
    • Decent overnight ratings
      • Results – Standings
  • IndyCar revises standing start procedures – Toronto this coming weekend!
  • Conway lands more IndyCar outings


  • Munoz wins lights at Pocono
  • Toronto Preview
    • Firestone Indy Lights
    • Pro Mazda
    • USF2000

Formula 1

  • Tire debacle at Silverstone….THIS WILL BE HOT TOPIC FOR DEBATE
    • should the red flag have been flown?
  • Pirelli’s side of the story
    • swapping tires – tire pressures – camber – construction issues – hands tied
  • The FIA’s reaction
    • YDT turned into a tire test
    • Mercedes punishment turns out to be more severe
  • Webber to Porsche
  • Nurburgring
    • Qualifying Session Results
    • Webber and Vettel swamp Lewis on the start
    • Massa spins on his own
    • Blown engine Marussia rolls across track
    • Webber wheel incident
      • Cameraman hospitalized with broken collarbone and ribs
      • Red bull fined (lightly) for wheel incident
      • Crew and FIA officials only allowed over wall
    • Great run to the finish with Kimi chasing down Vettel
      • Results – Standings
    • Mercedes bemoans tyre swap ban after the race
  • Next up Hungary in 3 Weeks


  • Loeb turns down Citroen plans to add more rallies to his schedule
  • Loeb makes everyone else at pikes peak look dumb
  • How the electric cars did at pikes peak
    • “Besting the two Mitsubishi entrants was the first-in-class “Monster” Tajima, in his Monster Sport E-Runner. With a final time of 9:46.530, Monster was only a few seconds off last year’s overall record, and took fifth place overall in this year’s event.”
  • Juho Hanninen confirmed as Hyundai test driver
  • Thursday – First round of GRC in the USA at New Hampshire Motor Speedway
    • Let’s hope they make a track in the USA similar to Munich
    • Introduction of SuperCar “Lites” – Rear engine, normally aspirated
  • Rally America – Antoine L’Estage states after domination of rallye BDC in Canada that he will return to NEFR, however says it won’t be the Lancer WRC car. More news in coming weeks as to what car he will drive

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