MidOhio In The Books

by Guy Wehman on August 1, 2017

The MidOhio Race for 2017 is in the books. Josef Newgarden, who took the IndyCar Toronto Grand Prix the previous race, ran away with this race. He is clearly leading the way to showing that the New Guard, the younger drivers, are ready to take over for IndyCar.

While being at the track and seeing all the action, there is a renewed sense of enthusiasm and a different spirit when walking through the pits and paddock area. The established drivers are there – yet one can feel the younger drivers are there and anxious to lead.

In talking with James Hinchcliffe and also Spencer Pigot, both talented drivers, this writer sensed that they are confident, poised and ready for next year. While talking with Spencer Pigot, he brought up the point that the New Guard are “Young Americans Going Fast!”.  Their respective pits respect them too and are setting up the cars to their desires. Perhaps the one leading the pack is Josef Newgarden. Having been given the ride this year by the Captain, Roger Penske, he has expressed his setup to his crew chief and crew and they are delivering.

As for MidOhio: The track was in the best condition that I have seen in years. The grounds were manicured, clean; the staff was knowledgeable and very well trained for the weekend. If you are a newbie visiting the track, or one that has visited many times before – it was visible everywhere that all were ready to assist and serve the racing fans and media for the weekend.

Special “Kudos and Thanks” goes out to Steve Bidlack and Kate Guerra for their friendship and assistance throughout. It was also fun covering the race having my son, Jonathan, with me.

Now on to the rest of this racing season for IndyCar and next year with the racing of the Aero Kit.

 

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

MidOhio Race is Here This Weekend!

by Guy Wehman on July 25, 2017

The season starts with IndyCar in St Petersburg, Florida. For the past four years, I have had the privilege to cover the race for WENG Radio in Englewood, FL. The first two of those, actually live remotes from the paddock area in with the transports.  A BIG shout out to the Sports Editor of the Venice Gondelier Sun and Scott Lockwood for going with me this year as we traversed around the St Pete track. His “facebook LIVE” video as I was talking turned out to be quite fun.

Still can remember interviewing Will Power and chatting about his hobby drumming, Montoya and his move from NASCAR, and my favorite the interview with the tire manufacturers.

About 4 months ago – went to the 12 Hours of Sebring Endurance Race in Sebring, FL. Whjat a fantastic venue, track and experience. Met up with Andy Lally and Katheryn Legge.

Now – it’s time to travel back to a track that I enjoyed with my wife and when my children were young. It’s time for MidOhio. In applying for the Media Credentials, I asked to have my son join me to shoot video as I conducted the audio interviews for radio. (Those interviews will be available after the weekend in the Video Interviews Page). MidOhio is rare in that it is one of the Crown Jewels of tracks, in the heart of the midwest and has many different elevations.

Enjoy the interviews and the videos- catch up again soon!

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

New Aero Kit is Finally Here

by Guy Wehman on July 25, 2017

At long last, the developers of IndyCar have completed their assignment and the experiment of the “other-than-good” Aero kit is over. The Aero Kit that has been in use over the last few years – let’s say has been an experiment. Right from the first races they were fragile, breaking if you just looked at them. Would “China Doll” be a good description?

 

At long last – in 2018 IndyCar will get an Aero Kit than more resembles the design of the 90’s. Sleek, smooth and hopefully fast. The front end seems to leave the structure exposed and hopefully this will not be a problem.

This is merely a preliminary look, let’s see what happens when the drivers get behind the wheel.

 

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

Championship and The Return

by Guy Wehman on April 4, 2016

It’s been apparent over the last few weeks that the Great Sponsorelli, which engages in and loves the brackets found himself on the losing end as did most people who played them. However, since the semi-final on Saturday night, it appears that The Great Sponsorelli is returning to the PLEX where it all began in the first chapter of the series.

PawhuskaTheater SLIDE

It’s good to know that he will be back in the broadcast chair for the big game.

WELCOME HOME your greatness!

 

 

 

 

{ Comments on this entry are closed }