Episode 219 – OpenPaddock.net Podcast

This week we have a special treat! Former Indy Lights driver, 2013 24 Hours of LeMans LMP2 race winner, and 2013 LMP2 World Endurance Championship season champion, Mr. Martin Plowman joins us to discuss his recent signing with A.J. Foyt Racing for the Month of May. We discuss the IndyCar Media Day announcements from Florida, Saavedra is confirmed at KV, and Simona is off to chase her dream of being a Formula 1 pilot with Sauber. Doug gives us a quick recap of the upcoming Mazda Road to Indy Winterfest at NOLA and Barber, and we do a full and detailed preview of our home rally event the Rally in the 100 Acre Wood. Mr. Whitesell and Dr. Patterson will be tearing up the county while Mr. Tons presents the more professional side of OpenPaddock.net. We wrap up the show with a little bit of Sebring and Pirelli World Challenge news and our usual pointing and laughing at the circus that is Formula 1.

Open Paddock Episode #218 for Tuesday February 18, 2014


  • JPM wasn’t needed to light the pace car on fire


  • Plowman confirmed for Indy 500 and GP for Foyt
  • SFR/Cutters attempting to crowd fund an entry into the 500
  • Savaadra gets second KV entry…. as we were rumoring last week
  • Simona in line for F1 testing role… maybe more… at Sauber.
  • IndyCar media day today in Florida… standing starts and race control upgrades
  • Indycar testing updates


  • Andersen Promotions Announces Partnership with Replay XD
  • USF2000
    • Pabst Racing Set for 2014 Cooper Tires Winterfest with Two Car Team
    • Afterburner Autosport Ready for Cooper Tires Winterfest Challenge
    • JAY Motorsports Poised for Strong Start to 2014 USF2000 Championship
  • ProMazda
    • Juncos hires Pigot and Kaiser for Pro Mazda
    • Canadian Scott Hargrove Signs with Cape Motorsports for 2014 Pro Mazda Season
  • 2014 Winterfest
    • Feb 21-22 at NOLA
    • Feb 24-25 at Barber
    • Three races for USF2000 per venue
    • Two races for ProMazda per venue
    • IndyLights testing


  • Ken Block reveals 2014 livery and full schedule
  • Global Rallycross comes to NBC network television
  • Jacques Villeneuve to race in FIA’s WRX
  • 100 AW this weekend!


  • Sebring 12 hour entry list
  • Justin Wilson to race for MSR
  • LeMans entry list announced
  • KPAX switches to McLarens in WC… Pobst not on the entry list

Formula 1

  • Quensel rumored to be new principal at Lotus F1 team
  • Aggressive packaging and lack of time contributed to RBR issues at Jerez
  • All is not well, Torro Rosso experienced problems with the Renault at Misano filming day test
  • Quali tweaks for 2014 announced
  • Bahrain test starts tomorrow
  • Pirelli to test 2015 compounds with for no tire blankets
  • Martini sponsor set to return to Williams… watch for a reveal tomorrow

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