Two airborne crashes, incidents galore and a pair of drivers who had a potential victory stolen from their grasp make up the talking points of this week’s The Race IndyCar Podcast after a frantic St Petersburg season opener.
Regular hosts Jack Benyon of The Race and IndyCar podium finisher JR Hildebrand start with the race’s key incident, as Scott McLaughlin clashed with Romain Grosjean while fighting for the victory, which eventually went the way of Marcus Ericsson.
Grosjean hasn’t always been given the respect of his peers in wheel-to-wheel combat Stateside, but this incident was different and the hosting duo look at why.
Andretti’s strong start to the season with pole might feel like yet another false dawn after all four of its cars – plus its two affiliated entries at Meyer Shank, including last week’s guest Simon Pagenaud – hit trouble and retired or finished laps down.
But the hosting duo explain why this year feels different for what will be a resurgent Andretti which has waited 10 years for a title.
There’s also discussion on Ericsson’s claim that he and his Ganassi team aren’t given the credit they deserve, where Arrow McLaren stands after Pato O’Ward was robbed of victory by a plenum fire, and how one of IndyCar’s newest and smallest teams, Juncos Hollinger Racing, excelled with an ace sophomore and impressive rookie on-board.
With so much to discuss, the podcast will return next week with special interviews to cover off more of the stories from a hugely entertaining start to 2023.
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