S2E37 - Kick the Tires

S2E37 - Kick the Tires

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Warm Up the Tires

1.     News and Implications (1:18)

2.     Woman of the Week - Amna Al Quabais (49:00)

3.     Air Race Preview (54:50)

4.     Shit We Didn't Make Up - First time they stopped the 500 for an accident (1:04:14)


Silly Season

We know a few things for sure: Spencer Pigot will drive with Ed Carpenter Racing next year. Sebastian Bourdais is back with Dale Coyne Racing. Takuma Sato is with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, and there is a new team on the track with the Steinbrenner-Harding team with Patricio O’Ward and Colton Herta. We recently learned that Felix Rosenqvist will be driving the #10 car for Chip Ganassi Racing.

What we don’t know? Who else will be driving with Ed Carpenter Racing, will it be the two cars or three? Who is driving the second DCR car; both ZCD and Pietro Fittipaldi have had their name tossed about so has Santino Ferrucci. Bobby Rahal has bandied about the idea of a third car, with no information as to who will be driving it. Ed Jones is now out of a ride and Gabby Chaves is still in some weird purgatory of being under contract but presumably without a ride.

A lot of discussion on what may or may not happen. Quite honestly we don’t have any idea because, well we’re not in the business of starting rumors. We have ideas and hopes. I just hope McLaren makes up their mind as now they’re talking about November for their decision on if to enter INDYCAR or not.

Other News of Note

Don’t forget to order Born Racer! It came out yesterday, and you need to watch it.

We received the testing schedule: COTA February 12 and 13th, IMS on April 24th, and Laguna Seca on September 19th, only a week or so before the race.

Mark Miles’ has been busy in Europe both talking about international television rights as well as speaking with Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Aphla, and Dallara.

We did discuss Hinchcliffe’s statements on unionization, but we’re be holding onto a much deeper dive later in the season.

Listener Question

Who would set the world on fire if they suddenly started winning races by surprise next year? (Danny Vaughn) We leaned towards reactions, and decided that Marco Andretti, James Hinchcliffe, Charlie Kimbell, and Sage Karem.

Woman of the Week  

Amna Al Quabais (United Arab Emerates)

Racing must be in Amna Al Quabasis blood. Her father was the first UAE racer to compete in Le Mans and the first UAE racer to win the 24 Hours of Dubai. Amna started racing at age fourteen. Last season she competed in karting in Italy, the UAE, and Germany. This season she currently is in the Italian Formula 4 with Prema Powerteam. She is the first UAE woman to compete in Formula 4, and won the UAE Senior Rotax Max Challenge Karting, and was the first woman to do so. Two quotes for you:

“I’ve been pushed out of the race a couple of times because I’m a girl and most male drivers don’t like being overtaken by a girl so they completely shut down and punt you off. But I grew through that. If you’re aggressive, fast, and tough, you do gain the respect you deserve on track.” 

“It will be hard, but every champion was a beginner so keep your head down and go for it. Don’t listen to those who say you’re not good enough or fast enough. Use it as motivation to prove them wrong but mainly… drive like a girl.”

Air Race Preview 

It’s time for the air race again! The aerial obstacle racetrack above the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Pilots must navigate pylons and other aerial requirements (such as a loop) and the fastest time wins.

2017 was the first year the race was held at IMS, and at the time it was the Championship race. This year the race is the first stop in the US, with the championship not ending at Texas Motor Speedway in November.

There’s not just pilots to watch, there are also aerobatic and ground events. The Aerobatic helicopter is back, and we are so excited to see it. Jumps, paramotors, and slacklining is happening. There’s something for everyone, including a Kascade concert on Saturday night.   

Shit We Didn't Make Up

The best thing is to read the book “Black Noon” by Art Garner you’ll get the full story of the 1964 Indianapolis 500. It’s the first time the race was stopped for an accident. It led to a change in fuel mixture (which we discussed a few episodes back) among other things.


As always thank you for listening. We welcome all feedback and questions. Follow us on social media and keep on asking us questions.


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