With only four IndyCar races remaining this season Simon Pagenaud is THISCLOSE to calling it a championship, but Jerome and Dan can't stifle their indifference towards yet another win from the talented, yet humble Frenchman. They offer their thoughts on team lineups for 2017, and encourage SMP Motorsports to put some IndyCar Talk logos on a nearly sponsor-free Mikhail Aleshin car. In fact, they offer the Russian driver a free case of vodka to do so. INDY-gestion, indeed!
Kanaan had to stop for a splash of fuel with a handful of laps remaining allowing Will Power an easy win as Team Penske's pit strategy finally worked out in their favor. Dixon earned his first pole of the season and dominated the first half of the race. Hinch finds his way onto his hometown podium as the rumors swirl about who's switching teams next season. Hinchliffe still leading in Texas, btw.
Josef Newgarden DOMINATES the Iowa oval as he laps the field by lap 100 and sets an all-time IndyCar record by leading 282 laps! Hunter-Reay flames out, and Team Andretti is nowhere to be found after dominating the race for six of the last ten years. Is Team Ganassi making a play for Newgarden in 2017?
After WAAAY too long, IndyCar finally returns to Elkhart Lake as the fans make a weekend of it, and WIll Power holds off a hard charging Tony Kanaan in an exciting final seven laps after a restart. Dixon checks out early, Connor Daly apolgizes to RHR, Pagenaud drops back over a dozen spots after being in position to win and Rahal gets Honda on the podium! Let's do it again!
Two IndyCar races means two installments of IndyCar Talk back-to-back this week! In the first, Bourdais wins again in the Motor City and in race two, Power shakes off the vegemite hangover for his first win since LAST season. Hinch has rotten luck all weekend and Sato has returned to his ways as a mechanic's nightmare! The championship chase is wide open as we head to TMS!
An American rookie (or is that "rookie"?) coasts to victory on fumes for the 100th running of the Indianpolis 500. Bryan Herta's daring fuel strategy for Alexander Rossi paid off big time as his number 98 car again makes for a surprise win at Indy similar to his win with Wheldon in 2011. It seems the spirit of Dan Wheldon is alive and well and in better shape than Penske's futile four-car effort at the world's greatest race course!
An incredible turnaround for James Hinchcliffe as he earns his first pole for the 100th Indy 500, in a Honda. Plus, you give Scott Dixon's crew one hour and they'll give him a new engine! Montoya plays garbage man at 225 mph, and no one gets airborne after any accidents this year. 16th and Georgetown here we come!!
Hurricane Pagenaud blows into the Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis in one of the COLDEST races ever, yet the drivers seemed virtually unaffected by the horrible track temperature. Helio and Hinch earn podium fnishes while Rahal moves from LAST to 4th, just ahead of former teammate Charlie Kimball. Let's hope for a CLEAN start next year.
It's two-in-a-row for Pagenaud in a thrilling win this week as Rahal nearly steals the show on the Barber road course. Team Penske keeps the hammer down with Simon's win and top sevens for the rest of the team. Dixon's strong early season start ends as he's bumped and shuffled to finish P10 behind teammates TK and CK. Team Andretti continues to flounder and Newgarden finds himself on the 'Bama podium after his first win there last year.
No yellow, no penalties, no service. In a caution-free 80 lap fuel-saving game of follow-the-leaders, Simon Pagenaud notches a controversial first win since joining Penske. This week Jerome and Dan debate the latest non-call from race control, plead with Letterman to trim his creepy new beard, review a Lynrd Skynyrd concert and develop a new podcast for Alan Alda.
Scott Dixon earns an uncharacteristic early season win as Graham Rahal charges from the back of the field and two Penske cars lose position with the same tire problem. Charlie Kimball gets a drive through penalty, Sato finishes his second race in a row, and the rookie class is solid all on an oval course called a "Grand Prix." Weird...just weird wild stuff! Also in this episode Jerome and Dan reveal the true identity of the Lord of the Pies as Dan literally phones it in this week from a soccer practice somewhere near a central Florida swamp. Play ball!
It's Season Two of IndyCar Talk! Jerome and Dan kick off the season after watching JPM make it two in a row on the 14 turn street course in St. Petersburg, FL. Hunter-Reay spoils the Penske podium sweep with a last lap pass to get Honda on the podium next to the Penske Chevys. Emma Dixon did NOT wear her trademark shorts, JPM and AJ Foyt have seemingly traded bodies, and Helio won't stop talking!
After leading the IndyCar Championship all season, JPM "threw away" his chance with another uninspired drive and a collision with team mate Will Power. Scott Dixon wins another one at Sonoma and comes back from third place in points to claim his fourth IndyCar championship as he shares the podium with fellow Ganassi team mate Charlie Kimball!
Jerome and Dan recorded this show approximately one hour before the announcement Monday August 24, 2015 about the untimely death of driver Justin Wilson due to an incident near the end of the Poconco 500. Like everyone else, they were hoping for the best, but it was not to be. Justin was a true professional who set a tremendous example of how competitors in ALL sports should conduct themseleves. Justin was an incredible driver and a class act on and off the race course. While he will be missed, his contributions to motorsports will never be forgotten. Rest In Peace, Justin Wilson.
Graham Rahal wins on his home track AND leads the most laps to pull within 9 points of the IndyCar championship lead. The new LED displays are a welcome sight in front of a HUGE crowd at Mid Ohio, and Justin Wilson earns a podium finish as he makes the final restart a thriller!
IndyCar legend Tony Kanaan talking about his emotional victory at The Indy 500, his wife Lauren Bohlander's TV Show "Garage Squad", his son Leo and his new son Deco. Plus, where TK would REALLY like to race?
Ryan Hunter-Reay comes back to life for a win in Iowa, Graham Rahal continues the best season of his career in spite of a variety of problems throughout the race, and Ed Carpenter takes Sage Karam off his Christmas card list!
Sebastien Bourdais laps the field on his way to win number two for 2015. Castroneves missed his qualifying slot and was forced to start last but nearly came back to win as he finished second and now, ironically, is in second place on the all time second place finishes list with 38. Graham Rahal earns another podium finish in an exciting and busy day at The Milwaukee Mile!
Take a walk around the outside of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with Jerome and Dan the day before the 2015 Indy 500! You'll hear from some of the characters they encountered at the legendary corner of 16th Street and Georgetown Road in Speedway, Indiana including Mike "The Yellow Shirt," a scalper named Omar, and a Doctor who attended his first Indy 500 in 1949!
After coming on strong all season, Graham Rahal notches career win number two after starting 19th...and shares the podium with Kanaan and Andretti! A thrilling race from start to finish with cars going five wide at times, which caused some of the drivers to voice concerns about safety and pack races. A ridculous penalty called on Briscoe, and if you have good vision Ed Carpenter just might have a job for you!
After 10 straight weeks of on-track activity, the IndyCar teams got to enjoy a weekend off! But IndyCar Talk is all new this week as we chat with James Hinchliffe and James Jakes about beer, and in honor of Father's Day, the cool connection their two Dads have. Plus, we end this week's show with the complete version of our theme song "45" with lyrics, courtesy of our house band King Mixer. TURN IT UP!!
The 30th anniversary of Indy Toronto saw no Canadians contesting but the little team that can, CFH Racing, captures 1st and 2nd with Helio taking the third step of the podium. A wet race that turned dry, but a dash of mist on the final few laps made for a dramatic finish! Plus, Jerome and Dan now own a store?
The Iceman Scott Dixon does it again in a basically trouble free race. AJ Foyt slaps nobody, Marco continues his streak of finishing every lap this season in the 12th fastest race in indyCar history. Carpenter's team loses TWO Chevy engines! Is Honda close to figuring out the aero kits or will they leave IndyCar soon?
An interview with IndyCar driver Sebastien Bourdais, in honor of his victory in race 2 during the Detroit Grand Prix at Belle Isle. This was recorded prior to the start of the 2015 IndyCar season in St. Petersburg, FL. Sebastien talked about his very busy off season at Daytona and Sebring, as well as the post race party in St. Pete at one of his favorite restaurants, Cassis...C'est Ci Bon!
The Dual in Detroit continues with a very wet first half of the race dominated by Team Penske, yet KV Racing's Sebastien Bourdais finishes in P1 after the race is stopped after a yellow for a timed finish. Sato makes up for a bad first round with a second place finish, and RLL Team Steak ’N Shake’s Graham Rahal has yet another top 3 as he continues the quest for his next win. Make ours a double with a chocolate shake, please and get well soon Hinch!