Episode 229 – OpenPaddock.net Podcast

It’s another long one, but it’s worth it! We have the author of OpenPaddock’s “The Missed Shift”, John Olsakovsky on the show this week to talk about his weekend at Barber Motorsports Park. Mike Shaw reviews the news from the WRC, recaps the Empire State Performance Rally, the only US tarmac rally, and previews the upcoming Oregon Trail Rally. Wrapping up the show, Mike Whitesell leads us through the craziness that is Formula 1.

OpenPaddock.net Podcast, Episode #229 for Tuesday, April 29th, 2014


  • MAVTV new home of all things racing…. adds 7 USAC sprint car races
  • Dario to broadcast for Formula E
  • 5 teams pull out of Le Mans
  • Montoya to race at Brickyard as well this year?


  • Barber
  • Quals
    • Race Review
    • Power fades to 5th after turn 5 off
    • Great result for Marco after flying blind all day
    • Results – Standings
  • Cosworth makes claim as IndyCar tech partner
  • Manufacturers standings affected by engine penalties
  • Montagny takes seat at Andretti for GP of Indy
  • Sage Karam to race for Chip Ganassi DRR/Kingdom Racing
  • Kurt Busch reveals sponsor for Indy
  • Busch and JV hit up ROP at Indy today
  • Next Up GP of Indy – May 10 (Whitesell is going – )


  • Barber Review
    • USF2000
    • ProMazda
    • IndyLights


  • WRC teams and promoter positive after crunch talks
  • WRC – Bryan Buffier returns as test driver for Hyundai
  • Footkhana?!
  • Patrick Carpentier to race FIA World Rallycross at Trois Rivieres
  • Rally America – Oregon Trail Preview
  • ESPR – America’s Tarmac Rally
  • Next Up WRC – Argentina May 8-11

Formula 1

  • Elephant in a German courtroom…. Bernie goes to trial
  • Simona starts first of 10 test sessions for Sauber… wearing same colors as IndyCar
  • Rossi to test for Catterham at Austin and Montreal
  • EU has started investigating new F1 Strategy Group
  • Teams are pushing to remove brake ducts, add ground effects and vapor trails to make F1 seem more exciting
  • Next Up Catalunya – May 11


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