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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.

Trackside Podcast Trackside

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    • 4.8 • 283 Ratings

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 are joined by CGR’s Marcus Armstrong, The American Legion’s Dean Kessel and Author Mark Dill

    Kevin and Curt are joined by CGR’s Marcus Armstrong, The American Legion’s Dean Kessel and Author Mark Dill

    Tonight on Trackside, Kevin Lee and Curt Cavin discuss Marcus Armstrong in the No. 11 car for Chip Ganassi Racing on road and street courses and what that means for Takuma Sato’s chances of winning another Indianapolis 500. Kevin and Curt also discuss some other news tidbits around motorsports.and more conversations about seats for next season. Then, the conversation turns to a discussion about engine type and the future of sustainability, power and manufacturers in the sport. Kevin and Curt discuss the reaction to the news and yet another delay in the process. 

     

    Andretti Autosport broke ground on a new world headquarters north of Indianapolis on Tuesday and Kevin and Curt discuss the world class race shops in Central Indiana. Then, the conversation turns to Rolex 24 coming up soon. To round out the first hour of the show, Kevin and Curt touch on ticket prices and SJ Luedtke leaving IndyCar.

    In a guest-heavy second hour, Kevin is joined by new Chip Ganassi Racing driver Marcus Armstrong to discuss his racing experience in the United States and what attracted him to IndyCar. Then, Kevin and Marcus touch on how the opportunity at CGR came about, the car he’ll be driving and his relationship with Scott Dixon. To round out the conversation, Marcus talks about just racing on road courses and being at the Indy 500 in May. Next up, Dean Kessel, the Chief Marketing Officer of the American Legion, joins the show to discuss the business side of motorsports, American Legion’s continued partnership with Chip Ganassi Racing and what makes motorsports an attractive target for marketing and advertising.

    Then, Kevin throws out some motorsport book suggestions for Christmas gifts before Mark Dill, author of The Legend of the First Superspeedway, joins to discuss his book and the genesis of oval racing in the United States.
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    • 1 hr 32 min
    Kevin and Curt discuss the Indianapolis 500 field, expanding the IndyCar schedule and more on an abbreviated edition of Trackside

    Kevin and Curt discuss the Indianapolis 500 field, expanding the IndyCar schedule and more on an abbreviated edition of Trackside

    Tonight on a shortened edition of Trackside, Kevin Lee and Curt Cavin discuss using the racing platform to push different initiatives and raising money for important causes. Kevin and Curt touch on how racing teams are participating in Giving Tuesday the week following Thanksgiving. Then, the conversation turns to Indy 500 seats and Stefan Wilson getting a ride with Dreyer & Reinbold and Cusick Motorsports. That leads to a discussion about Sage Karam’s time with Dreyer & Reinbold and if there’s a spot for him in the field in May. Naturally, Kevin and Curt then continue to talk about possible drivers rounding out the Indy 500 field and the road to 34 cars.

    In the back half of an abbreviated show, Kevin and Curt address a collection of Twitter questions around TV contracts (along with digital content) and ticket prices. Then, we discuss the possibility of Felipe Drugovich driving in IndyCar in 2023 and other season-long seat possibilities next season. To round out the show, Kevin and Curt talk about expanding the schedule, Rahal Letterman Lanigan’s musical chairs with sponsors and more Twitter questions.
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    • 47 min
    Kevin and Curt discuss Josh Pierson to ECR, Roger Penske’s IndyCar Ownership and Steve Matchett Joins the Show

    Kevin and Curt discuss Josh Pierson to ECR, Roger Penske’s IndyCar Ownership and Steve Matchett Joins the Show

    Tonight on Trackside, Kevin Lee and Curt Cavin open the show by setting the schedule for the rest of the year before getting to the news of the day. We first discuss Ed Carpenter’s announcement that 16-year-old Josh Pierson will be a development driver for the team with eyes set on a 2025 IndyCar campaign. Kevin and Curt talk about why the partnership is good for both sides. Then, the conversation continues with more Silly Season news for 2023, specifically Takuma Sato. To round out the first segment, Kevin and Curt discuss the current state of the Indy 500 field. 

    Then, there are rumblings of “what has Roger Penske brought to IndyCar”. Kevin and Curt discuss that topic as the honeymoon phase of the Penske ownership comes to a close. We touch on what Penske has done and how he operates the business of IndyCar. How much stability has Penske brought to the sport?

    In the second hour, Kevin and Curt discuss Colton Herta’s extension with Andretti Autosport and reports that suggest he’s the highest paid driver on the grid. Ty Gibbs will replace Kyle Busch in the Cup series for Joe Gibbs Racing in the No. 54 car. Then, Kevin and Curt discuss scheduling and TV ratings.

    Trackside is an IndyCar show, but sometimes we talk Formula 1 when we get a chance to visit with Steve Matchett. Matchett discusses what he’s up to nowadays before discussing George Russell’s first win over the weekend ahead of Lewis Hamilton. Kevin and Matchett talk about Russell’s ability to adapt to Mercedes and recall Michael Schumacher’s first Driver’s Championship. Matchett stresses the importance of gelling with the entire team, including your fellow driver, in F1. Steve and Kevin tell stories about his time as an F1 mechanic. To round out the conversation, they discuss what the car will look like in 2023, the popularity of the sport in America and the Inside F1 Year in Review show.
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    • 1 hr 33 min
    Kevin and Curt discuss NASCAR Cup Series Championship, Indy 500 Seats and Newman/Haas Mechanic Tim Coffeen joins the show

    Kevin and Curt discuss NASCAR Cup Series Championship, Indy 500 Seats and Newman/Haas Mechanic Tim Coffeen joins the show

    Tonight on Trackside, Kevin Lee quickly touches on a wild last 48 hours for the Indianapolis Colts before diving into the motorsports news of the day. Then, Kevin and Curt Cavin discuss the weekend’s NASCAR Cup Championship and Joey Lagano walking away with his second series title. Then, the conversation turns to the Indianapolis 500 field and the now slim opportunities for a driver to run in both races the last weekend in May. We continue to discuss NASCAR drivers trying to find their way onto the 500 grid. 

    Kevin and Curt dive into driver updates in IndyCar. Sage Karam will not return to Dreyer and Reinbold Racing next season. Is there a spot for Simona de Silvestro in the Indy 500? We continue to talk about full time seats in 2023 and what part time seats might look like. Then, Kevin and Curt talk about Marcus Ericsson getting to take the Borg Warner Trophy back home to Sweden. Kevin rounds out the first hour with your Twitter questions.

    In the second hour, Kevin discusses seats with Dale Coyne Racing and some movement among mechanics in IndyCar. Indy Lights? No longer. It’s now INDY NXT by Firestone. Kevin touches on the name change on the IndyCar ladder and testing for the series.

    Then, Tim Coffeen, longtime IndyCar mechanic for Newman/Haas, joins the show following a Newman/Haas auction at the beginning of November. Curt and Tim discuss the emotional attachment to the cars he worked on and remembering the stories behind the cars. Tim touches on how many cars he would’ve worked on during a given season and starting with two cars per driver each year at Newman/Haas. Curt and Tim then break down what part of the car Tim worked on the most and what an engineering team would look like. Ultimately, Tim spends a lot of time recounting the stories of seven series championships he was a part of during his time with the team.
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    • 1 hr 37 min
    Kevin and Curt discuss Tony Kanaan, Indy 500 Seats and FOX's Jamie Little joins the show

    Kevin and Curt discuss Tony Kanaan, Indy 500 Seats and FOX's Jamie Little joins the show

    Tonight on Trackside, Kevin Lee and Curt Cavin begin with Arrow McLaren SP confirming Tony Kanaan for the 2023 Indianapolis 500 and the position he is in to try and capture another 500 victory in a car capable of winning the race. Kevin and Curt also discuss NTT Data’s partnership with AMSP next season. Then, the conversation turns to NASCAR drivers in May’s race and why Arrow McLaren SP went with Kanaan over a driver from a different series. To round out the first segment, Kevin and Curt touch on Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing confirming they intend on running a fourth car in the Indy 500. That leads to a discussion about who is most likely to fill that seat.

    Kevin and Curt dissect open seats left for May and what looks like the only place that either NASCAR Kyle could go in order to run in the 500. Will Ed Carpenter put another car in the race or focus on the drivers already on his roster, including himself? The conversation expands into a larger one about total cars in the 500, teams, engines and drivers.

    In the second hour, Kevin and Curt begin with discussing Ross Chastain’s gutsy move at the end of the NASCAR race in Martinsville and Tony Stewart’s NHRA debut. Then, they discuss Roger Penske investigating more ovals on the IndyCar schedule and the locations the series is considering. Before FOX NASCAR’s Jamie Little joins the show, Kevin and Curt reminisce about the beginning of Trackside. Then, Kevin and Jamie talk about the Martinsville Cup race and the upcoming championship weekend. Kevin then wraps up the show with Twitter questions.
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    • 1 hr 35 min
    Kevin and Curt chat with NBC Sports’ Leigh Diffey and IndyStar’s Nathan Brown

    Kevin and Curt chat with NBC Sports’ Leigh Diffey and IndyStar’s Nathan Brown

    Tonight on Trackside, Kevin Lee and Curt Cavin – from all over the country – jump into a busy docket of offseason news around IndyCar. Kevin and Curt chat about Kevin’s freelance gig in Florida around crazy expensive boats before getting into the news that Tony Kanaan is likely to be the fourth Indy 500 driver for Arrow McLaren SP. This leads to a larger discussion on the drivers trying to get into the 500 and which teams might or might not add an extra car. We also discuss other open seats and available drivers for next season, including Nicholas Latifi.Then, Kevin and Curt discuss Alex Palou’s weekend in Formula 1 testing and the ever-evolving status of his situation. The first segment concludes with a check-in on Tony Stewart. 

    Kevin is joined by NBC Sports’ Leigh Diffey to discuss his weekend at Formula 1’s US Grand Prix. Kevin and Leigh discuss the popularity of F1 in the United States and the passion for the sport after years of trying to grow the audience in North America. How does motorsport popularity help IndyCar? Kevin and Leigh discuss that, the IndyCar contingent that was in Austin and the open seat for Williams Racing as it looks like there will be an American in F1 in 2023. To round out the conversation, the two discuss Leigh’s correct Will Power prediction before the season, the 2023 IndyCar season and young drivers. Kevin wraps up the first hour with Twitter questions.

    In the second hour, Curt is joined by IndyStar’s Nathan Brown to discuss Nashville’s new stadium, how it impacts the Music City GP and what it will take for IndyCar’s tenure in Nashville to carry on for the foreseeable future. Then, Curt and Nathan talk about Colton Herta’s extension with Andretti Autosport through 2027 and the details of the contract. Arrow McLaren SP is another topic of conversation and the structure of management for the team stateside. The conversation concludes with the likelihood of NASCAR drivers running in the Indy 500, AJ Foyt Racing and Tony Stewart. 

    To round out the show, Kevin discusses testing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway over the weekend, rebranding of Indy Lights and more about the weekend.
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    • 1 hr 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
283 Ratings

283 Ratings

willcoffeysylvanc ,

Best Indycar Podcast Out There

Curt and Kevin have the best Indycar centered show on the planet. They provide the most comprehensive weekly run down of all that has happened since their last show and have great previews of upcoming events. I love May because they are in air 5 nights a week. It is always a struggle to wait for their analysis of a race because of their Tuesday broadcast. Give me more shoes and give these guys a big raise. Kevin needs it so he can keep putting Jackson Lee in race cars.

Prime Spare Ribs ,

Stay in your lane

Always skip past anything NASCAR and anything political/cultural. Be who you are and cover IndyCar and its minor leagues. Had to stop listening consistently because Kevin is always interrupting Curt and talking over him. It’s so unprofessional. Let each of them speak and allow the show to breathe.

BWRuss ,

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