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Analysis, interviews and race reviews from one of the most competitive motorsport series in the world. The Race’s American Editor Jack Benyon is joined by Indy 500 regular and Indy Lights champion JR Hildebrand to dissect the main stories with the help of some of the series’ biggest names

The Race IndyCar Podcast The Race Media Ltd

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    • 4.9 • 39 Ratings

Analysis, interviews and race reviews from one of the most competitive motorsport series in the world. The Race’s American Editor Jack Benyon is joined by Indy 500 regular and Indy Lights champion JR Hildebrand to dissect the main stories with the help of some of the series’ biggest names

    Your IndyCar questions answered!

    Your IndyCar questions answered!

    This week’s episode is all about you, with a special episode dedicated to answering listeners' questions from the world of IndyCar and American motorsport.

    JR Hildebrand and The Race’s American Editor Jack Benyon take on topics like ‘which drivers are not in IndyCar that should be’, ‘what should IndyCar do to stop the demise of ovals’ and JR talks about what it feels like to race in the Indy 500 and the emotions building up to it.

    More of the topics on this week’s episode:
    -Blue flag rules which cost Grosjean earlier in the year
    -How to keep IndyCar on its current trajectory, and should it race abroad?
    -NASCAR champion Kyle Larson and the rumours about him in the Indy 500
    -What’s next for James Hinchcliffe after his Andretti exit?
    -If there was an IndyCar race in the UK, where would you have it?

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Our top 10 IndyCar drivers of 2021

    Our top 10 IndyCar drivers of 2021

    Having both revealed their rankings for the top 10 drivers of the year, The Race IndyCar Podcast hosts JR Hildebrand and Jack Benyon explain their respective orders on this week's special episode.

    Each host’s top 10s are merged and averaged out to create a joint top 10 ranking for the season.

    Hildebrand and Benyon explain their respective rankings, what impressed them (or didn’t) about the drivers in the list, and they debate about the performances of the drivers that excelled this season.

    Do you think we got our rankings wrong, had a driver in the wrong place or omitted a worthy driver altogether? Let us know what you would have done differently.

    The Race IndyCar Podcast will return with more news, interviews and insight through the off-season.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    The ex-F1 engineer masterminding Honda's IndyCar success

    The ex-F1 engineer masterminding Honda's IndyCar success

    This week we're joined by David Salters, the ex-Ferrari Formula 1 engineer now heading up Honda’s American motorsports division.

    Salters, who became President of Honda Performance Development in late 2020, joins to reflect on a second straight season of the firm winning the IndyCar title and the Indianapolis 500 in the same year, extending its series streak of manufacturers' title wins to four in a row.

    Salters outlines what he has brought to this role from his past experience at Cosworth, Ilmor, Mercedes and Ferrari, while also explaining what the current IndyCar engine manufacturers are working on behind the scenes amid a long period of stagnant rules in the series.

    Alex Palou and Romain Grosjean are also assessed as Salters has seen them up close and personal on the marque’s simulator which all of the Honda teams use.

    Salters also declares the Indy 500 the best event he has done - even better than the Italian Grand Prix or Monaco with Ferrari.

    • 32 min
    IndyCar legend Al Unser Jr's revealing new book

    IndyCar legend Al Unser Jr's revealing new book

    This week’s The Race IndyCar Podcast features a frank and honest interview with Al Unser Jr following the release of his book A Checkered Past, while newly crowned Indy Lights champion Kyle Kirkwood is also featured.

    Unser Jr - joined by his book's author Jade Gurss on this episode - addresses some of the high moments of his career, along with the low points which included mental health battles, substance abuse, arrests and he even contemplating suicide on his 50th birthday.

    Having found religion, recently remarried and now working on helping young drivers break into motorsport, Unser Jr is in a better place but has still revealed all in his book with the goal of helping other people in similar situations.

    Kirkwood joins American Editor Jack Benyon to discuss wrapping up the Indy Lights championship at Mid-Ohio last weekend, earning Kirkwood over $1.1 million towards three races in an IndyCar seat including the Indy 500.

    He discusses his record as one of the most successful junior drivers ever - winning three consecutive titles as a rookie - picks his best moment from his journey and contemplates what’s next in 2022.

    The Race IndyCar Podcast will continue during the off-season with more interviews and insight.

    • 38 min
    A dramatic season finale + 2021 IndyCar champ Palou joins us

    A dramatic season finale + 2021 IndyCar champ Palou joins us

    On this week’s show we look back at a dramatic Long Beach series finale, and new IndyCar champion Alex Palou joins to give one of his first interviews since claiming the crown.

    Speaking the morning after his fourth-place sealed a maiden IndyCar championship in his second season and first with Chip Ganassi Racing, Palou discusses his journey to the title, the role of his team, his friendly rivalry with Pato O’Ward and how he made it through the season without using one of his best traits.

    Elsewhere in the podcast Jack Benyon and JR Hildebrand analyse the weekend's action, from Arrow McLaren SP and O’Ward’s clash with IndyCar in qualifying to his on-track collision with Ed Jones in the race, and Colton Herta winning from 14th on the grid.

    The pair also discuss the spat between (kind of) team-mates Helio Castroneves and Alexander Rossi, and Romain Grosjean's and Simon Pagenaud’s team moves for 2022.

    • 45 min
    Is Grosjean a 2022 title threat with Andretti switch confirmed?

    Is Grosjean a 2022 title threat with Andretti switch confirmed?

    In a special crossover episode with The Race F1 Podcast, Jack Benyon joins Edd Straw to discuss Romain Grosjean's newly-confirmed move to Andretti Autosport and his prospects for 2022

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
39 Ratings

39 Ratings

jesshoop ,

Best breakdown of IndyCar

JR Hildebrand is absolutely brilliant at breaking down the races, and Jack adds in outside of IndyCar perspectives. The balance between the two make this a must listen after each race. I’ll be sad for the season to end because I’ll miss this podcast. Until 2022!

rustyshacklefern ,

Love you guys

Romain: I’m not a star
Also Romain in his 3rd race: Pole!

S Sebring ,

Great podcast!

Recently discovered this show; a very nice surprise! Catching up on the previous episodes. Terrific discussion and insight. Really enjoy the topics, insights and interviews.

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