27 episodes

The show of record for all things IndyCar. Kevin Lee is a part of both NBC Sports Network's IndyCar coverage and the IndyCar Radio Network, while Curt Cavin is now a VP at IndyCar after 30 years covering all things racing for the Indianapolis Star. Interviews with key members of the IndyCar community, and plenty of chances of listener questions and feedback.

Trackside Podcast Trackside

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The show of record for all things IndyCar. Kevin Lee is a part of both NBC Sports Network's IndyCar coverage and the IndyCar Radio Network, while Curt Cavin is now a VP at IndyCar after 30 years covering all things racing for the Indianapolis Star. Interviews with key members of the IndyCar community, and plenty of chances of listener questions and feedback.

    Kevin and Curt recap IndyCar Content Days, chat with Matthew Brabham

    Kevin and Curt recap IndyCar Content Days, chat with Matthew Brabham

    This week on Trackside, Kevin Lee and Curt Cavin wish a happy 87th birthday to the legend A.J Foyt, who has been in the news this week with the announcement that Tatiana Calderon will join his team this year. The guys wrap up the IndyCar Silly Season, with Conor Daly being announced as a full-time driver for Ed Carpenter Racing in the number 20 car. They break down what it means for Carpenter’s on-track future and how the unique sponsorship for Daly came to be. With Calderon only racing road and street courses for Foyt, Kevin and Curt speculate who could drive the number 11 car on ovals, and what to expect from the 28-year-old Colombian.

    They preview IndyCar testing at Sebring coming up this week, and look ahead to the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona. Kevin and Curt discuss the return of Robert Wickens to the driver’s seat, as the fan favorite will drive for Bryan Herta and Hyundai in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge. 

    Kevin and Curt are joined by Matthew Brabham, who will drive full-time for Andretti Autosport in Indy Lights this season. The 27-year-old breaks down his circuitous route back to Indy Lights after an Indy 500 start in 2016, his mindset about being back in the series and what he learned in the Stadium Super Trucks series. Later in the show, the guys recap the IndyCar content days; including engineering tidbits and what Graham Rahal’s future could hold. 

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    • 1 hr 26 min
    Kevin and Curt return for the first show of the New Year, break down IndyCar start times

    Kevin and Curt return for the first show of the New Year, break down IndyCar start times

    This week on Trackside, Kevin Lee and Curt Cavin are back for the first time in the New Year, and look ahead to the 2022 racing season. The guys break down the news that Juan Pablo Montoya will be back with Arrow McLaren SP for a third Indy 500 entry in the number six car. They continue to talk IndyCar Silly Season loose ends, including who could end up in the Ed Carpenter Racing number 20 car, and where Ryan Hunter-Reay might compete. Kevin and Curt also discuss the upcoming IndyCar test schedule, and a bevy of engineering changes in the IndyCar paddock. 

    The guys break down the IndyCar start times, including the lack of night races; plus the Indy Lights schedule, which was released Tuesday. Later in the show, they discuss Matthew Brabham returning to run Indy Lights full season this year, and touch on the Brandon Brown sponsorship saga over in NASCAR. To wrap up, Kevin and Curt pay tribute to Kevin Kalkhoven, T.E. McHale, and Carl Horton, whom we all lost in the last month.

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    • 1 hr 25 min
    Kevin and Curt look ahead to 2022, visit with Sam Hornish Jr. and Rob Edwards

    Kevin and Curt look ahead to 2022, visit with Sam Hornish Jr. and Rob Edwards

    This week on Trackside, Kevin Lee and Curt Cavin break down the official announcement that Jimmie Johnson will run the full IndyCar season for Chip Ganassi Racing in 2022, and what it could mean for Tony Kanaan’s schedule. Kevin talks about the news that Mars will stop sponsoring Joe Gibbs Racing in NASCAR after 2022, and what that could mean for Kyle Busch’s potential Indy 500 future. We tie up some Silly Season loose ends, and talk team-by-team expectations, as we inch closer to the 2022 IndyCar campaign.

    Curt catches up with 2006 Indy 500 winner Sam Hornish Jr. We learn about Sam’s new career as a go-kart dad, his experience as a substitute teacher, and what he misses about racing. The three-time IndyCar champ talks about his conversations with Roger Penske about owning the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, his relationship with The Captain, and what’s next for Hornish. 

    Later in the show, Andretti Autosport Chief Operating Officer Rob Edwards joins the show and talks about bringing in Romain Grosjean and Devlin DeFrancesco for next season, and how Grosjean’s oval test at IMS went in October. Edwards discusses Andretti’s bid to buy a Formula 1 team and how that affected the team. Later, he breaks down the engineering plans for the team in 2022, and what he hopes the series will improve upon.

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    • 1 hr 25 min
    Kevin and Curt pay tribute to Al Unser, chat with Helio Castroneves and Dennis Reinbold

    Kevin and Curt pay tribute to Al Unser, chat with Helio Castroneves and Dennis Reinbold

    This week on Trackside, Kevin and Curt celebrate the life of four-time Indy 500 winner Al Unser, who died last week at the age of 82. They discuss the controversial ending to the Formula 1 season after Max Verstappen passed Lewis Hamilton on the last lap to take the championship following a questionable decision by the stewards.

    Kevin and Curt joined by four-time 500 winner Helio Castroneves, who unveiled the 2022 Indy 500 ticket last week at the PRI convention at Lucas Oil Stadium. They discuss his appreciation for the fans, and his excitement for next year, as he teams up with Simon Pagenaud at Meyer Shank Racing for a full season. 

    Later in the show, the guys break down the latest IndyCar news, including Pato O’Ward’s F1 test with McLaren, Takuma Sato joining Dale Coyne Racing with Rick Ware Racing, and an estimated car count for next year’s Indy 500. We chat with Dreyer & Reinbold co-owner Dennis Reinbold following the driver announcement of Sage Karam and Santino Ferrucci for next May’s Indy 500. Reinbold talks about how the two young guns will work together, and his desire to expand the Dreyer & Reinbold IndyCar program.

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    • 1 hr 26 min
    Kevin and Curt talk with Rick Mears to celebrate Rocket’s 70th birthday

    Kevin and Curt talk with Rick Mears to celebrate Rocket’s 70th birthday

    Tonight on Trackside, Kevin Lee and Curt Cavin talk with Rick Mears, who celebrated his 70th birthday last week. Before Curt chats with the four-time Indy 500 winner, the guys recap some recent IndyCar tests, including some rumored candidates to fill the number 20 car for Ed Carpenter Racing. They discuss the recent trend of European drivers getting tests with IndyCar teams and what that means for the series. Kevin and Curt talk about the upcoming PRI convention in Indianapolis, the latest on Dale Coyne Racing’s lineup for next year, and other news and notes on car count. They also discuss the recent comments from Mark Miles about a potential IndyCar race in Mexico.  

    Rick Mears joins the show to talk about turning 70 and what he’s been up to recently. The legend recounts the meeting of the four four-time Indy 500 winners after Helio Castroneves joined the club in May. He also talks about his relationship with fellow four-time champs A.J. Foyt and Al Unser Sr. Mears gives his thoughts on the state of IndyCar, including what he likes about the current cars and rules package.  

    Late in the show, Kevin interviews a pair of Road to Indy drivers who will team up with Cape Motorsports 2022. Jagger Jones, grandson of Parnelli, talks about his transition from stock cars to the Road to Indy and the challenge of being a college student while racing. Then, Trackside’s resident driver Jackson Lee discusses his move to Cape Motorsports for next season and the safety improvements in USF2000.

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    • 1 hr 24 min
    Kevin and Curt chat with TV voice of the 500 Leigh Diffey, break down Indy 500 car count with Nathan Brown of the IndyStar

    Kevin and Curt chat with TV voice of the 500 Leigh Diffey, break down Indy 500 car count with Nathan Brown of the IndyStar

    Tonight on Trackside, Kevin Lee and Curt Cavin start the show by listening to some classic radio calls of the Indianapolis 500 from the 50s and 60s, and celebrate that we’re less than six months from the 2022 Indy 500. They discuss the various charitable organizations IndyCar drivers and teams are supporting for GivingTuesday. They speculate where Jimmie Johnson’s plans stand for next year’s Indy 500, and break down potential changes to the IndyCar qualifying format next season. 

    We chat with NBC Sports broadcaster Leigh Diffey, including his offseason broadcasting plans, ranging from rugby to the Winter Olympics. Leigh also praises the purity of IndyCar racing. Later, we look ahead to next May with IndyStar reporter Nathan Brown. Kevin, Curt and Nathan discuss car count and how many entries we could see for the 500.

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    • 1 hr 27 min

Customer Reviews

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6 Ratings

6 Ratings

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Great Indycar analysis

Great that international fans have access to the Trackside broadcast in podcast form. Cavin and Kevin are a great duo.

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