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Why Do We Race ? In Life ? or The Indy 500 ? or The Charlotte 600 or the Monaco Grand Prix ?

We explore the Question of Why We Race – We are onsite for the 99th running of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway 500 Mile Race – but we look at all aspects of Why We Race

 
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Randy Bernard IndyCar’s Lead Driver

IndyCar’s New CEO Randy Bernard has gone from riding a wild bull to being the lead driver in a race to get Open Wheel Racing back into the Winner’s Circle.

Randy has set himself some performance markers in his journey to regain the hearts and minds of the North American Motorsport fan.

“If I can’t make big changes in two years, they should fire me” says Randy Bernard.

Randy is often shown smiling with IndyCar drivers and one can easily read about his recent posting to the helm of the Izod IndyCar Series in many places.

We have a different goal here on the SidePods Podcast. We wanted to go beyond the typical PR quotes and pull back the curtain to reveal Randy’s passion for life and the challenges ahead of him.

You may already know that Randy Bernard’s past includes being a big part of the PBR. But what is it that really drives him forward ?  And where is it that he and the ship he steers known as the Izod IndyCar Series is really heading to ?

Listen in as Randy and I discuss bulls, broccoli, barley and the big changes that lay ahead for the Izod IndyCar Series.

We hope you enjoy our exclusive one on one interview with Randy Bernard on the SidePods Podcast.

Randy Bernard IndyCar CEO and Johnny Rutherford

Thank you for joining us.

 
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September 16, 2010   Comments Off on Randy Bernard IndyCar’s Lead Driver

Classic Rick Mears on Race Stategy for the Indy 500 on the SidePods Podcast

Prior to the running of the 2010 Indianapolis 500 Mile Race the Sidepods Podcast had an opportunity to talk with four time Indy 500 Winner and racing legend Rick Mears about racing and qualifying strategies that make a winning racecar driver.

We chatted with Rick Mears before the new qualifying format had played out for the first time at the Speedway.

It is well known that Rick has great advice for not only up and coming racecar drivers but also continues to work with Penske Racing as an adviser to their 2010 driver line up including three time Indianapolis 500 Winner Helio Castroneves, Ryan Briscoe and Will Power.

Rick Mears

We think you will really enjoy hearing some classic Rick Mears.

 
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May 26, 2010   Comments Off on Classic Rick Mears on Race Stategy for the Indy 500 on the SidePods Podcast

An Insider Guide to the 93rd Running of the Indianapolis 500

The 93rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 on Memorial Day Weekend is
almost here.

With the third day of qualifying for the Indy 500 Saturday and bump
day this coming Sunday – before you know it there will be 33 Racing
Drivers all wanting to drink milk in Victory Lane.

No matter what type of Motorsport is your favorite – there is
nothing like the Indianapolis 500 !

This is our way way of saying “Thanks” for following what we do here:

We thought we would share with you a number of ways to get a little bit closer to all the action at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway – [ That not everyone knows about ]

 
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Be warned ! – Get Ready – Lots of “Insider Information Below”

Pre-Race:

1] Social Media Online:

If you use Twitter – We have produced a Video over at
www.RaceDriveTV.com on the IndyCar Teams and Drivers that you can
follow on Twitter.

Direct Links to all the Twitter Accounts
can be found here: http://racedrive.com/dir/indytwitter.php

If you don’t know what Twitter is: No Problem – We also have an
intro Video on Twitter there as well.

2] The Indy Star – the local Paper in Indianapolis does some great
coverage of the Race:

Not only that – they have a really easy to manage/navigate Online
Chat Application – Called RaceTracker:

Their RaceTracker is live whenever the cars are on track.

We will be there a good portion of today [Friday and part of
Saturday ] – so come on over and join us.

3] Traditional TV Broadcast:
If you have access to the Versus TV Network: – They are again
showing six and half hours of coverage both days this weekend.

Unfortunately those of you in Canada and elsewhere – as far as I
know – you will have to wait until Race Day and ABC will then do their
broadcast.

4] The always entertaining Mike King and the IMS Radio Network
Broadcasts:  They will have pre-race and full race coverage as well.

5 ] Online Coverage – Updates and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Press Conferences Live: at: www.IndyCar.com “Watch Live Button” as
well as at www.Indy500.com

The “Watch Live Buttons” only appear when cars are on track
– then you have your choice of Camera 1 – or Camera 2

Check both to see which works best for you …

6 ] Realtime Timing and Scoring are also available at
www.IndyCar.com and www.Indy500.com

RaceDay:

7 ] Online: More Options:

There is a new feature called “Race Control” over at www.IndyCar.com
– you do need to sign up for it – but does not cost anything.

It includes in-car cameras and a customizable viewer – and side by
side comparisons.

It still is a “bit buggy” – but definitely worth a look at. It only
becomes live during actual races.

I have been fortunate to sit down with the “man in charge” of it –
and it is more than a novelty.

8 ] Go to the Indianapolis 500 Race in person – What a concept !
The ticket prices for the Indy 500 are ridiculously low – even with just a general admission ticket there are acres to explore.

[ Nine Holes of the Brickyard Crossing Golf Course are inside the track don’t forget !]

I’ll be there – So give a wave if you go

I should be easy to spot – I will be the guy on the top deck – by
the big A/C Unit – Above the Hulman-George Suite inside of the
track just at the entry to turn #1

I’ll be wearing a headset/microphone and attempting [?] to keep all
my papers from flying away.

Hope this helps – have a great weekend – and we will see you at
track.

Derek Ross

Other References:

Here is a link to the official schedule for this year’s Indianapolis
500:

The first 22 Starting Positions have already been set:

Here is Saturday’s Qualifying Order for the determining the remaining
spots 23 – 33.

All IndyCar Racing “Teams” Websites on RaceDrive.com

All “IndyCar Racing Online” Websites on RaceDrive.com

Don’t forget we are always open to feedback: email us – or call us
at our Feedback line at (206) 888-4301

May 15, 2009   Comments Off on An Insider Guide to the 93rd Running of the Indianapolis 500