S2E26 - OH/NO (Hoo-Hoo-Hoosiers!)
- News 1:23
- Shit We Didn’t Make Up - the Borg Warner’s trips 18:31
- Woman of the Week- Keiko Ihara 27:11
- Mid Ohio 30:47
In our continued #ConorCarWatch (which we started last year, and now we have to keep it going until he gets a good full-time ride), Conor was testing with Harding Racing at Mid Ohio. Gabby “Cannonball” Chaves was also there testing. As of our recording on Sunday, we don’t know if Conor will be driving for Harding racing. He should though; he’s had great success at the course. In 2016 he started in last place and finished sixth and in 2017 he finished eleventh. Fingers and toes crossed.
Very exciting is that Pietro Fittipaldi also tested at Mid Ohio and he indicated he felt very comfortable with his speed. Going by the speed charts from that practice he was ninth out of eleventh drivers. Considering he’s not been in a car for months, it’s very encouraging to see this.
We’re still in silly season for the 2019 schedule. We know can say that Sonoma is out, and Leguna Seca is in as the season loser. We traded one California road course for another, and as a sport where a majority of your fan base is in the MidWest… maybe not the best idea. At best try and avoid having a gap between Portland and Leguna. That’s easier for people to do (take a Friday to Tuesday vacation and be able to hit both races). Also, Texas hasn’t been decided, we’ll see.
Shit We Didn’t Make Up - Borg Warner goes Abroad 18:31
The Borg Warner, the illustrative trophy of the Indianapolis 500. It was originally commissioned in 1935, and the first drive featured on the trophy was the 1936 winner Louis Meyer. However, there are the faces of past winners including Ray Harroun and even Tony Hulman Jr. has his face on there (in gold, to celebrate all he has done for the track and the race). The trophy is made of multiple parts. There is the original trophy, which was filled in 1986 with Bobby Rahal’s face. In 1987 a base was added, which was filled in 2003 with Gil de Ferran’s face. Now there is a secondary base will not be filled until 2034. With the base, the trophy is 5 ft 4.75 inches, which means both of us are actually taller than the trophy (and for Molly being taller then things can be important!). The trophy costs original $10,000 to make and is currently valued at over 1 million dollars.
Up until last year, the trophy had never left the United States of America. In the winter of 2017, coinciding with Takuma Sato’s victory trip to Japan – the Borg Warner traveled to Japan and visited the Honda plant there. Side note: this was during the time when Kim Jong-Un was making threatening missile attempts towards Japan and the whole IndyCar fandom was ready to fight. This year, the Borg Warner traveled to England for the Goodwood Festival of Speed as well as a trip to McLaren for the trophy to have its picture taken with the M16C of Johnny Rutherford which won the 1974 Indianapolis 500. It also apparently had a sleep over at Dario Franchitti’s house.
Woman of the Week -Keiko Ihara 27:11
Prior to becoming a racecar driver Kieko Ihara worked as a promotional model at racetracks, including Formula 1 events. She’s recorded as saying the races left quite an impression, “one way, no pedestrians, flat out in a racing car…me too!"
Kiekho first attempted a racing career on the Japanese circuits, but there was a lot of cultural and societal pushback against her attempts that she left for the British racing series. She spent a year (2000) in the Formula Renault series and another year (2001) in Formula 3 in France. She took a gap year to prepare herself to enter the British Formula 3 racing, but in the years between 2003-2010 she raced in: Formula 3; Formula BMW Asia; British Formula 3 (with Carlin Racing); Aston Martin Asia Cup; Formula Le Mans Cup.
She had a gap years of 2010 and 2011, and upon her return in 2012 she focused primarily on endurance racing. She raced in the Dubai 24 hours, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the World Endurance championship. As a WEC racer, she is the first woman to compete in LeMans and in 2013 was the highest ranking woman in the FIA World Endurance Championship.
Kiekho is known as a very methodical driver and would overcome issues and setbacks in racing by going through a “step-by-step’ manner and would use that manner to gain sports back. A great quote from Kiehko: “I’ve accomplished as much as I have by putting myself in situations that demanded passion and ambition. I think today’s young women need to place themselves in those situations and build up experience in order to reach their full potential.”
Mid Ohio 30:41
Mid Ohio is the anniversary of this podcast’s first road trip. We had such a blast year meeting everyone and watching great races we cannot wait to get there later this week.
The Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course is a thirteen-turn permanent road course in the middle of Ohio. For the Honda Indy 200 (#Honda200) the drivers will turn 90 laps, 2.258 miles per lap, for a grand total of 203.22 miles.
Scott Dixon holds the record for the most wins at the track, with five, but it’s interesting that he has not won or podiumed in the past two races. In 2016 the podium was Simon Pageanud, Will Power, and Carlos Munoz. In 2017 the podium was Josef Newgarden, Will Power, and Graham Rahal.
What we’re going to be looking forward to this race is passing. This is one of the places on the schedule where everyone talks about how hard it is to pass, however with the aero kit and the deluge of passes we’ve had this season – we shall see. As we say, the one person you know is going to be making moves: Alexander Rossi.
Abby has picked Simon Pagenaud to win; Scott Dixon to place in the top five; Robert Wickens to place in the top ten; and Matheus Leist to be first out.
Molly has picked Josef Newgarden to win (of course she always picks Rossi, but for the purpose of these picks she won’t pick him every time); Scott Dixon to place in the top five; Robert Wickens to place in the top ten; and Rene Binder to be first out. No – choices were not shared prior too).
For this race’s drinking game we asked the fans on Instagram and Facebook to help: and they didn’t disappoint:
- Ohio teams/drivers are featured (Graham Rahal and RLL; Jack Harvey and Micheal Shank Racing; Zach Veach) Craig Tomasik from Facebook and Shannon Reinschreiber from IG
- Discussion of Scott Dixon dominating the course (Matt Lawson from FB)
- Mention different parts of the track (keyhole, the Esses, China Beach, Thunder valley)
- In Person Bonuses
- O-H-I-O (David Crumley from FB)
- Pirate talk
MidOhio always has a theme, and this year in Pirates. So you should know our campsite, with Indy500Pirate, will win! But feel free to come on by Saturday evening where we’re hosting a meet and greet. We’re taking over the IndyCar Nation twitter again on Friday, so if you’re an IndyCar Nation member and have decorated your campsite – let us know so we can find you and take a few pictures. Also keep an eye on our Twitter as we’re working on some live events again.