S1E34 - "Race Fans" (#IsItMayYet)
Gabby Chaves and Harding Racing make the announcement…well, to be honest thought that announcement had already happened. Like mid-season in 2017. But Harding Racing is going full time in 2018! With Gabby Chaves! It is exciting, and they’re toying with the idea of adding a second car: maybe full time, maybe just Indy 500 they’re being very selective. Which is what they should be. Good things should be in store for Harding Racing. Brian Barnhart, their president, was the former race director for IndyCar, they have an Unser as the executive assistant, and they moved into Ed Carpenter’s old facility in Speedway (most people wouldn’t mention this, let alone end with it…but it’s Speedway and it’s awesome).
The teams have been trying out the new cars, and it sounds like it’s going to be quite the car to drive! Bourdais indicated the car was quite the “struggle” and had a lot of under-steer. RHR indicated that the drivers would be very busy driving the car. We’ve also seen the words “lively” and that the car “fights” the driver. So to be the first to put it down: everyone is going to say something like “whoever conquers the car first, will be the champion”. Whatever that car is sleek and sexy and we can’t way to see it in action!
Also keep going #TeamIndyCar.
We were excited to have Kris Branch (@K_Branch21) on to tell us about his documentary “Race Fans” detailing the stories and history of his family’s twenty plus years of attending the Indianapolis 500. It’s great to hear he’s shooting the documentary from the fan’s view, and it’ll be about the greatest race in the world. Since he’s another Indy500 fan we got him to talk about his favorite race, and what he’s most excited about. Kris can be supported by visiting the documentary’s Go Fund Me Page or his Facebook Page
We gush about Brittany Force, the fastest woman on the earth right now. Drag races in the fastest class. Debuting in 2013 getting an NHRA driver to watch award. Then three years after in 2016 she won the NHRS 4-Wide Nationals (first woman to do so) and followed up with setting a new record of 3.676 seconds / 324.45 mph. Of course as has been all over social media, in 2017 she became the Top Fuel Champion, the second woman only in history (the first was in 1982). She’s also surrounded by racers. Her Dad is in NHRA, and two of her sisters are in NHRA.
Shit We Didn’t Make Up – Nomex is an amazing material made by DuPont. Developed in the 1960s and introduced in approximately 1967. It’s a three-part safety feature: (1) it’s fireproof, remove it from the heat source and it stops burning; (2) it’s slow to catch fire; and (3) it’s flame retardant.
- News – 1:00
- Kris Branch “Race Fans” Documentary Interview – 15:25
- Woman of the Week – Brittany Force – 39:45
- Shit We Didn’t Make Up – Nomex - 43:24