Episode 201 – OpenPaddock.net Podcast

New OPThe crew returns after a week hiatus (NTS: make checklist for recording podcast) to discuss the glory that was Rally Deutschland, dusty Ojibwe Forest Rally, the demolition derby that IndyCar called a race in Sonoma, and Formula 1’s return to competition at Spa! We also preview the upcoming Italian Grand Prix and the Baltimore Grand Prix.

OpenPaddock.net Podcast: Episode #201 – Tuesday, August 27th, 2013


  • Sonoma
    • Quals
    • Power returns to victory amid controversy in Sonoma IndyCar race – Racer.com
    • Results – Standings
  • Day after Sonoma, IndyCar still buzzing | Ask the Expert IndyCar Series
  • IndyCar: Pit box lines, courtesy guidelines coming | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com
  • Best ratings of the season on NBCSN???
  • IndyCar targets 2015 global plan
  • Panther IndyCar team arrives at driver decision
  • Servia to complete year with Panther – Racer.com
  • Baltimore preview

MRTI – The Andersen Effect:

  • Pabst Racing to race in Indy Lights
  • Cooper Tires to shod Indy Lights cars
  • Baltimore preview


  • Germany WRC: Dani Sordo beats Thierry Neuville to first victory
    • Sordo hoped Alonso didn’t win SPA so his first win wasn’t forgotten in Spain
    • Spanish Newspaper bungles his win showing picture of Ogier instead #FAIL!!!!
    • results – standings
    • Was Sordo’s victory enough to save his job?
    • Kubica win nets championship lead
  • FIA wants to change running order
    • Beaten and battered Higgins still gets second
    • Choking dust, followed by power steering failure and possibly breaking his hand, then SUV runs over his foot while he was inspecting steering system.
    • results – standings
    • 2wd – Reeves and Smyth win again
    • It all comes down to LSPR for Block and Reeves
    • If Block wins and Higgins second, Block wins by 1pt
    • If Reeves wins

Formula 1

  • Spa
    • Pirelli insists punctures don’t mean Silverstone repeat
    • Qualifying Session Results
    • Vettel cruises to win, Perez penalized, Kimi broke brakes, Fernando 9th to 2nd
    • Results – Standings
  • 2014 silly season….
    • Webber names Ricciardo as replacement
    • Raikkonen no-show fuels speculation
    • Raikkonen says no 2014 talks until Lotus resolves issues
    • Kimi Raikkonen wants to leave Lotus – Martin Whitmarsh
    • Sirotkin confirms 2014 contract reports
    • Button still waiting to sort F1 future
  • 2014 races…..
    • Don’t write off New Jersey race just yet
    • Mexico poised for 2014 GP return
    • Suzuka confirms contract extension
  • 2014 tires
    • Michelin ready for 2014 F1 tyre talks
    • Michelin open to 2014 tyre war
    • Pirelli: New tire bid process would be farcical
  • next up – monza sept. 8th

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2 Thoughts to “Episode 201 – OpenPaddock.net Podcast

  1. Jeremy

    Sorry to sound a bit excited, but if I get on for ep 102 and you guys gloss over this race I will be pissed. Baltimore was an EPIC F’n race. The last 10 laps make the top hit for the highlight real for the best of IndyCar Series EVER. Simon Pagenaud takes 1st Josef Newgarden gets his first podium seb bordias takes the 3rd. This race had it all… even the #dickmove by Will Power giving Helio Castroneves the point lead, kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end. This race is what the sport is all about, crazy passing on a narrow street course, blood pressure through the roof. I do not know If I have ever been this excited about a race finish.

    1. It was the best of races, it was the worst of races.

      I will definitely have a lot to say about this race. Graham was a complete douche canoe (to borrow a Shaunism), and Race Control was so inconsistent in their calls. They swallowed the whistle repeatedly in incidents that were clearly avoidable contact.

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