Om Trackside Podcast
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.
Tonight, on Trackside with Kevin Lee and Curt Cavin, they discuss yesterday’s 2024 NTT IndyCar Series schedule release featuring more ovals with Texas Motor Speedway being removed from the schedule, and then get into the potential problems the series could run into when factoring in NASCAR’s schedule for next season. Later in the first hour of the show, Kevin and Curt dive into specific race dates and then the upcoming TV broadcasting rights for IndyCar. They look at things from the perspective of IndyCar and NBC. In the second hour of the show, Kevin and Curt discuss the news of Kyle Kirkwood being extended by Andretti Autosport earlier in the day. Also, Kevin is joined by USAC driver Logan Seavey to discuss his best racing career to date, explains what has led to him being consistently dominant this season, and the advantage he has with equipment because his team follows up with his requests. In the final half hour of the program, Dave Kallman from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel joins Curt Cavin to explain IndyCar’s return to Milwaukee, the changes to the track that will be made in order to accommodate a doubleheader, and why they couldn’t schedule the race while the state fair is going on. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Tonight, on Trackside with Kevin Lee and Curt Cavin, they discuss the news of 18-year-old Kyffin Simpson being promoted from Indy NXT to Chip Ganassi Racing as their fifth full-time driver in 2024. They discuss the comments Chip Ganassi made prior to Simpson being added to their team, highlight some other drivers that could be in play for the final spot with Ed Carpenter Racing, and provide an update on where things are at right now between Alex Palou and Arrow McLaren Racing. Later in the first hour of the show, Kevin and Curt question who returns next season in the NTT IndyCar Series will be. They also speculate as to who they think will end up with Dale Coyne Racing and Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. Also, they answer some Twitter questions. In the second hour of the show, Kevin takes over to recap the first hour of the show. He also provides some silly season rumors regarding the schedule for the 2024 season and explains some complications that the series will have with the Olympics next year. Additionally, Kevin takes some time discussing the broadcast rights for IndyCar. In the final half hour of the program, Jackson Lee joins the program to discuss where he’s going to be racing shortly and how it’ll benefit him as a coach. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Tonight, on Trackside with Kevin Lee and Curt Cavin, they recap Scott Dixon winning his third race in the final four of the season, highlight how some of the drivers performed in the season finale, examine some of the penalties that were handed out in the race, and highlight some of the various pit strategies from teams. Later in the first hour of the show, Kevin and Curt access how some of the drivers that don’t have a spot in the series next season performed in their final IndyCar race. They also try to figure out if there was a driver who did not get hit at all during the race. In the second hour of the show, they take a step back to look at where some drivers finished this season. Kevin and Curt examine which drivers have an easier avenue in terms of racing in the series next year because sponsors love them, and which drivers have budget to back them. In the final half hour of the program, they answer a bunch of Twitter questions pertaining to the race, the future of drivers in the series, and open testing that IndyCar will do between now and the start of the season. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Tonight, on Trackside with Kevin Lee and Curt Cavin, they congratulate Alex Palou on capturing his second series championship within the last three years. Additionally, they spend time recapping the race by sharing nuggets they wrote down from the race. Finally, they debate if Palou should be the heavy favorite next year to win the series with him returning to Chip Ganassi Racing. Later in the first hour of the show, Kevin and Curt highlight some of the driver changes that have occurred the last couple weeks. Plus, Kevin revisits the predictions he made last week as to whom will be racing in what car for that specific team. In the second hour of the show, Kevin and Curt dive into the news today that Felix Rosenqvist will be racing in the second car with Meyer Shank Racing in place of Simon Pagenaud. They discuss what the move means for Pagenaud’s career, if he’s able to get back to racing once he makes a recovery. Finally, Kevin reveals the driver that he thought was on the move during last week’s show. In the final half hour of the program, they get back to discussing Sunday’s race by highlighting some of the events that happened during the race that had drivers complaining, Kevin revealing what it’s like listening to Alex Palou’s radio during a race and congratulate the champions in the racing leagues below IndyCar. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Tonight, on Trackside with Kevin Lee and Curt Cavin, they begin the show by highlighting where drivers will be racing in 2023 with Meyer Shank Racing announcing the two drivers that will be driving for them next season. Additionally, Kevin highlights some of the drivers that could be in play to race in the NTT IndyCar Series next season with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing and some other teams too. Later in the first hour of the show, Kevin and Curt spend some time recapping Scott Dixon winning his second consecutive race after capturing the checkered flag for the Bommarito 500. Also, they spend some time dissecting the strategies some drivers had during the race to try and finish P1 and some of the complications the race had with scheduling and lack of passing. In the second hour of the show, Kevin and Curt highlight the feud that developed last week between Scott McLaughlin and David Malukas after some comments made on the Bus Bros podcast with Josef Newgarden and McLaughlin. This leads to the guys discussing the instance between the two on the track in Sunday’s race. Finally, they dive into what Alex Palou needs to do to win the series after another top ten finish. In the final half hour of the program, Kevin provides an update on what his son, Jackson Lee, is up to nowadays in his racing career, answers some Twitter/X questions, and previews the event schedule for this weekend in Seattle for the Bitnile.com Grand Prix of Portland. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Tonight, on Trackside with Kevin Lee and Curt Cavin, they talk about the hot week we’ve had! How it will probably affect the race this weekend at the Bommarito Automotive Group 500, the possible experiments with oval tracks going on. To close out hour #1, the guys talk about the loss of racing legend Bill Vukovich Jr. They talk about how his family has always suffered tragedy but how he was so inspirational and a great person who will be greatly missed. During the second hour of the show, Kevin and Curt discuss Josef Newgarden trying to sweep the oval track season Saturday and how impressive it would be. Also, they touch on the big racing news from today which is Team Penske and AJ Foyt racing working together. Finally, the guys get into the Laguna Seca Race coming up and Colton Herta driving a car like his Father used to drive. Kevin also talks about how difficult it is to sell sponsorships and do throwbacks. Lastly, some news about Josef Newgarden. Check out the “Trackside” podcast to hear the full conversation! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Tonight, on Trackside with Kevin Lee and Curt Cavin, they recap the exciting weekend at the Brickyard at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and what their thoughts are on Connor Daly moving to Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. They talk about the latest scenarios surrounding Alex Palou with Chip Ganassi Racing, the television ratings from the weekend, what they think about the number of spectators who tuned in and what it compared to last year. During the second hour of the show, Kevin and Curt discuss the caution flag, its problems, positives, negatives, and what needs to change about it. They also mention their hope to have most races on an oval track and how some others are fit for a road course, how they’re not happy IndyCar will probably only be at IMS in May next year. Finally, the guys get into the races from the weekend. They give their thoughts and big takeaways about the 2023 Brickyard weekend. The strange finish in the IndyCar race for Scott Dixon and Roman Grosjean and how Dixon has been so dominant lately. Why it was a tough race for Graham Rahal and they answer some questions from fans! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Tonight, on Trackside with Kevin Lee and Curt Cavin, they start the show by recapping the news of Alex Palou backing out of his contract with Arrow McLaren after this afternoon’s practice session, prognosticate whether Palou will be racing in IndyCar next season or in Formula One, debate what the future of Felix Rosenqvist in IndyCar looks like following the Palou news from this afternoon, and which team is most likely to sign David Malukas. Later in the hour they recap how well Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing qualified today for the Gallagher Grand Prix with Graham Rahal starting P1 and Christian Lundgaard starting P2. Additionally, they highlight how some Team Penske struggled to find speed today in practice. Finally, they close out the show by recapping the Indy NXT race earlier this afternoon and preview next week’s edition of Trackside. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Tonight, on Trackside with Kevin Lee and Curt Cavin, they start the show by going over all the events leading up to this weekend’s NASCAR/IndyCar double header, explain what they were able to take away from the conversations they had with drivers today, and speculate where they could add another oval to give inexperienced oval drivers a chance to compete. Later in the hour they break down some of the betting odds for who is the favorite to win the Gallagher Grand Prix and then access who they think are the true favorites. Then they transition to some racing news pertaining to Meyer Shank Racing. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Tonight, on Trackside with Kevin Lee and Curt Cavin, they start the show by talking with Chip Ganassi Racing’s Marcus Armstrong to explain how beneficial Scott Dixon has been to his development this season, the new look to his racecar that fans will be able to see this weekend, what kind of optimism he has going into the race this weekend with him being familiar with the road course at IMS, and explains if he’s itching to race an oval. Later in the hour they recap what happened with David Malukus’s run in Sunday’s race in Nashville, discuss how a Honda engine has won all five street races so far this season, and answer Twitter questions pertaining to this weekend’s NASCAR/IndyCar double header. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Tonight, on Trackside with Kevin Lee and Curt Cavin, they start the show by highlighting some of the announcements that were made pertaining to who will be racing in Indianapolis this weekend for IndyCar and touch on IndyStar’s Nathan Brown’s story from earlier today pertaining to silly season. Later in the hour they let their in-studio guest Judy Greeson has the opportunity to pepper Kevin and Curt with questions pertaining to the future of some events, the future of some drivers with their team AND their future in IndyCar, and dive into some of the surprising. Finally, they close out the show by answering a couple twitter questions from listeners tonight. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Tonight, on Trackside with Kevin Lee and Curt Cavin, they start the show by recapping Kyle Kirkwood’s win in Nashville yesterday, why they believe Kirkwood will be able to compete next season for the championship, how important it was for Alex Palou to finish ahead Josef Newgarden and spotlight some individual performances from yesterday’s race. Later in the first hour they discuss the lack of official announcements during silly season considering all the chatter they had been hearing up to the start of silly season last week and continue highlighting some of the performances of drivers in yesterday’s race. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Tonight, on Trackside with Kevin Lee and Curt Cavin, they start the show by providing an update on the status of Simon Pagenaud for this weekend’s race in Nashville, highlighting the NTT IndyCar Series debut for Linus Lundqvist this weekend for Simon, and share some thoughts on the race time being moved up to be a late morning race. Later in the first hour they discuss the way the events that will be taking place leading up to the race in Nashville, discuss the future of the race in terms of when it could be scheduled around the NFL season and time of day, and recap how testing went at Laguna Seka. During the second hour of the show, Kevin and Curt spent some time explaining how the announcement of the IMSA schedule reveals a little bit of the IndyCar schedule for next season, answer some Twitter/X questions from last week and tonight from listeners of the show, and speculate if there have been any drivers that have signed contracts with new teams. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Tonight, on Trackside with Kevin Lee and Curt Cavin, they recap Josef Newgarden sweeping the races at Iowa Speedway in dominant fashion this weekend, explain how Alex Palou finishing third in the second race at Iowa essentially makes him the winner of the series with Newgarden gaining less than forty points, and point out some of the key moments in each race. Later in the first hour they discuss the way the final ten laps in the second race transpired and what would happen if they were to red flag the race and allowed drivers to do a normal pitstop with five cars on the lead lap. Additionally, Kevin and Curt spend some time talking about one of people going into the USAC Hall of Fame. During the second hour of the show, Kevin and Curt take a step back and look at how drivers performed in both races, put themselves in Will Power’s spot by debating if he will be able to win a race this season, and then answer some Twitter or “The X” questions from IndyCar fans/Trackside listeners. Finally, they briefly get into silly season rumors and possible drivers that could be on the move. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Tonight, on Trackside with Kevin Lee and Curt Cavin, they start the show discussing the Christian Lundgaard capturing his first career NTT IndyCar Series win a couple days ago in Toronto, examine some of the other drivers that they expect to win a race at some point this season, and recap some of the individual performances of players in a good and bad way. Later in the first hour they give an update on who is filling in for Simon Pagenaud while he recovers from the scary accident he was in and highlight who is driving Ryan Hunter-Reay’s car for Ed Carpenter Racing this weekend in Iowa. During the second hour of the show, Kevin and Curt go over this weekend’s schedule for the race in Iowa, spend some time discussing Alex Palou’s race last weekend with him finishing second after a rocky start, and briefly look at some drivers that could be racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season as a rookie. Later in the second hour of the show, Curt is joined by Joey Barnes of IndyCar.com to tell his story on how he got into IndyCar, shares his thoughts on who has the best chance of getting hot to make a push for first in the series, and examines some potential landing spots for drivers with open seats with various teams. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
This July 12th edition of Trackside serves as a preview for the upcoming Toronto IndyCar Race. Kevin and Curt reflect on where IndyCar was at this point last season with the Alexander Rossi drama, and Scott Dixon tied Mario Andretti's streak of 18 years with at least one win in an IndyCar event. Simon Pagenaud will miss his second consecutive race due to concussion symptoms after a streak of 190 straight starts. Meyer Shank Racing is going to substitute sportscar driver Tom Blomqvist in his first Indycar race. Other Topics include, is Alex Palou's seat in Formula One next year not as guaranteed as people may have thought? Potential new drivers in Indy NXT races this season. A conversation with the IMS about their renovation of the museum during the expected 18-month shutdown. Indy Car's competition with the NFL. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Tonight, on Trackside with Kevin Lee and Curt Cavin, they review the finish of IndyCar's most recent race, the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio. Alex Palaou continues his path of dominance in IndyCar winning his fourth race this season and third race in a row. Palou's dominance this season has pretty much sealed the deal for him winning the IndyCar series this season, though Josef Newgarden's history on short-track ovals is still something to watch out for. Scott Dixon finished second, and Will Power rounded out the podium finishing third at Mid-Ohio. Other topics include other American racers performing around the country and world, IndyNXT racers, and contract negotiations for IndyCar racers and who they might be racing for next season. In NASCAR news the Chicago street race did well over the weekend viewership wise. Conor Daly and Marco Andretti will be participating in the Truck Series. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Tonight, on Trackside with Kevin Lee and Curt Cavin, they start the show discussing the Alex Palou call from earlier today and speculate whether he would consider moving to Formula 1 if they offer a great deal before he can sign with Arrow McLaren in September, the roller coaster of a season that Romain Grosjean has had thus far, and debate if this is the weekend that Palou slips up and opens the door for someone else to win the series. Later in the first hour they look at some drivers that Chip Ganassi could call upon to fill the seats for Palou and Marcus Ericsson if both drivers end up parting ways with CGR and answer some Twitter questions from the race two weeks ago at Road America. During the second hour of the show, Kevin and Curt look at how things are going in the IMSA series, discuss some first half of the season questions that Curt has come up with, hand out grades to performances for some teams and drivers, and recap some of the changes that some teams have gone through with half the season left. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Tonight, on Trackside with Kevin Lee and Curt Cavin, they start the show discussing how fun Sunday’s race at Road America was with Alex Palou capturing his third win in the last four races, debate if someone will be able to catch Palou in the series standings with nine races left, and Kevin and Curt examine how some of the struggling teams at this point in the season did at Road America. Additionally, Kevin and Curt discuss the situation between Scott Dixon and Will Power during the practice session Saturday morning before qualifying and the comments that Power made towards Power and Romain Grosjean. Finally, they highlight some notes from the race and answer Twitter questions in the first hour. Managing Director Mike Hull of Chip Ganassi Racing joins Trackside to share his perspective on how dominant Alex Palou has been the last four races, when did it really click for Palou as a driver that has led to his success this season, how special of a driver and person Marcus Ericsson is, compliments Scott Dixon and Palou’s teams for getting their cars ready after crashing in the morning practice session before qualifying for Road America, and discuss the future of Marcus Armstrong racing ovals. Also, Kevin and Curt discuss the future of Marcus Ericsson and where the 2022 Indy 500 Champion could be on the move to, the formality of Takuma Sato running ovals the rest of the season for Chip Ganassi Racing, and Kevin highlights how Jackson Lee performed at Road America. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Tonight, on Trackside with Kevin Lee and Curt Cavin, they start the show discussing the news that broke shortly after last week’s show with Ryan Hunter-Reay taking over Conor Daly’s seat for the rest of the season with Ed Carpenter Racing. Additionally, they discuss the future of Daly in not only IndyCar, but in racing. Finally, they discuss some rumblings they have heard since last week’s show regarding Rahal Letterman Lanigan cars. In the final two segments of the show, they debate why Chip Ganassi won’t pay Marcus Ericsson to come back to his team despite losing Alex Palou after the season, what should Felix Rosenqvist do with Palou moving to Arrow McLaren Racing and recap some things that Penske President Mark Miles said regarding the future of 100 Days to Indy. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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