S1E37 - I Can See the 2018 Season
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A lot of news surrounding racing happened since our last podcast. Fernando Alonso is now going to be taking apart of the World Endurance Championship with Toyota. This is big for those of us in IndyCar, should he win the LeMans, he’ll have two out of the three races in the Triple Crown of Racing – leaving just the Indianapolis 500. He wins at Le Mans, he’s at Indy…every year.
Speaking of things involving F1, they just announced that they’re ending the Grid Girls program – and the Internet collectively lost their mind. It’s really not worth it to recap – the Internet did Internet things.
On to IndyCar things: IndyCar has hired their new head of engine development. Darren Sansum has worked in multiple engines (Toyota, Cosworth, and Ford) in different racing leagues. This is fantastic for the push to add another engine manufacturer. More engines = more teams = more seats for drivers. Graham Rahal announced that Total Quartz will be a sponsor for the GP of Long Beach. They previously sponsored Bobby Rahal back in 1992 when he won the championship in 1992.
Going back to our discussion on safety LINK, IndyCar will be testing the windshield on February 8, 2018. This windshield is made of the same material of airplane cockpit windows. The ever-impressive Scott Dixon will be conducting the test, and it focuses on the visibility under different circumstances (daylight, dusk, and track lights). Another reason we’re so happy to be IndyCar fans, unlike the halo kerfluffle, the fans aren’t losing their mind. It also probably helps that the medical director of IndyCar is involved in the testing.
We then head into a rundown of all the drivers for IndyCar. At some point, Dale Coyne Racing will make the official announcement that Zachary Claman DeMelo and Pietro Fittipaldi will ride-share the seat. You’ll have to listen for our rundown (52:15), but know this – it’s a strong rookie year.
Our woman of the week is Nicole Lyons. She started racing in NHRA in 2005, and in 2013 started racing in NASCAR. In 2013 she was the first African-American woman to race both in NASCAR and NHRA in the same season. She was also the first African-American woman to complete races in the Whelen NASCAR series, and it’s not that she finished last. Nicole qualified and finished in the Top 10 on multiple times.
Finally an interesting Shit We Didn’t Make Up. Discussing a time in Indiana history when people were not that keen on the Indianapolis 500. The Veterans started protesting the race, even to the point where legislation passed Indiana congress that would prohibit any commercial sports on Memorial Day (aka the Indianapolis 500). The governor at the time vetoed the bill, but the founders of the Speedway started to consider selling the track shortly after.
- News – 2:30
- Rundown of 2018 Drivers – 52:15
- Woman of the Week: Nicole Lyons – 1:36:00
- Shit We Didn’t Make Up: Memorial Day – 1:40:52