S2E39 - Fast Women, Fast Men, and Spoilers
Warm Up the Tires
Listener Question - Throwbacks (5:59)
Woman of the Week - Ellen Lohr (42:22)
Born Racer Review (51:29)
Shit We Didn’t Make Up - Dixon's Record (1:10:39)
We spent a good part at the top of the episode discussing the issues surrounding women in motorsports. Looking back, it has been quite the week. It initially started with the announcement of the W-Series. The all-female open-wheel series that had been mentioned multiple times in the past year or so. It’s a reality now and we have many thoughts (if you’ve not checked out Molly’s blog on the topic – you should).
Following the announcement of the W-Series, Micheal Shank Racing said “watch this” and announced an all-female line up for their sports car. This team consisting of Jackie Heinricher, Katherine Legge, Simona De Silvestro) and Bia Figueiredo will compete in the Endurance Cup series in 2019. All four members will participate in the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona, with the rest (except Ms. De Silvestro) participating in the remaining races. The team is hopeful to compete in the 2019 Le Mans. MSR is doing things right.
We received a two part (or first and then bonus) question from a listener on Twitter and after posing it to our Facebook Group gave our own answers:
1) There had been some talk about a possible throwback livery race like how NASCAR does at Darlington. What throwback liveries would you like to see if this were to happen?
Abby: The Marlboro livery was so unique because it made the car look just like a cigarette carton. It’s quite hard to make an INDYCAR look like anything except an INDYCAR and that was just amazing. Also the very old Pennzoil liveries (pre Helio).
Molly: The STP livery is always great, especially when you pair it with the crew outfit (which has to happen). If someone ever did a livery for the Morman Wasp as a throwback livery that would be amazing. Also, because I’m a huge fan - the Indiana Jones livery that Marco drove with, that was cool…but Harrison Ford is the coolest man around so of course it was.
2) What track should host?
Abby: If you truly want a throwback race to celebrate the history of the sport the best place is the Indianapolis 500. That’s true history, like prior to the 100th running where they had all the old cars driven around the track.
Molly: Given the atmosphere that suronds the IndyCar GP, that would be a fun race to host a throwback scheme and an amazing way to kick off the month of May. Of course since IMS is all ready home to the 500: Gateway MSP (because it’s a centralized location) or Road America (just would fit the whole weekend to have a throwback vibe).
WOTW Ellen Lohr
Ellen Lohr has had a lot to say about the creation of a women-only league and a few choice words for Ms. Carmen Jorda when she said racing was too physical. At one point Ms. Lohr indicated that racing was not based upon the physical differences between men and women saying “[w]e are talking about a sport in which the boys are 1.60 (approx 5'2") meters tall and weigh 55 kilograms (approx 121lbs) - these are not types with maximum muscle mass."
Ms. Lohr has experience to back herself up. IN 1987 she won the German Formula Ford. She came in second at the F3 finals in Monaco (1990) and the 24 hours of Nürburgring (1990). She is currently the only woman to win a DTM race, with her 1992 win at Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg. Aside from DTM she has also participated in various rallys and the European Truck Racing, taking a third place finish in Misano (1997).
"That I've been in this business for 28 years and really drove everything that has four or six wheels, and the highest Level - that's my biggest achievement."
Born Racer Review
Finally, after seeing it in the theatre, a garage, and on our own we discuss the Born Racer movie focusing on Scott Dixon during the 2017 season. See it, and let us know what you think! (Also feel free to check out Molly’s review).
Shit We Didn’t Make Up Dixon's Record
We end the episode discussing Scott Dixon’s career as a driver – SO FAR. As far as the numbers:
1999 - test with Lights at Sebring he broke the track record
2001 - Nazareth Speedway was his first win (was during CART)
2003 - First season with INDYCAR and won season opener at Homestead
Five-time series Champion (2003, 2008, 2013, 2015, and 2018)
2008 Indianapolis 500
14 road course wins, 5 street course wins, 19 oval wins (since joining INDYCAR 2003 season)
Rolex Sports Car Series Le Mans: 2016 third in GTE Pro class
2006 Overall winner at Daytona 24 (Daytona Prototype)
2015 overall winner at Daytona 24 (Prototype)
2018 winner of GTLM class at Daytona 24
Member of the New Zealand Order for Merit
New Zealand's Sportman of the year 2008 and 2013
American Championship Cars: third winningest driver (44) behind only AJ Foyt and Mario Andretti