S3E21 – It Depends

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Warm Up the Tires

  1. News
  2. Woman of the week – Robyn Gordon (16:40)
  3. Toronto Race Preview (19:45)
  4. Shit We Didn’t Make Up: All-American Girl Racing (56:25)


Just a little bit of INDYCAR news. First we’re excited that Sage Karem will be driving for Carlin Racing in Toronto. It’s a pretty sweet livery and we’re glad he has a ride. We’d also like everyone to have a ride but…well that’s not feasible.

Scott Dixon tested out the areoscreen in a simulator. His review was that the new aeroscreen is extremely positive. There’s minimal visual disturbance and the anti-fog and cooling system works. Take a minute and think just how many things will need to be adjusted on the car with the aeroscreen. From the top of the rollbar to the contact patch of the Firestone tires – everything will need to be adjusted.

We end our discussion of news giving some thought to where Fernando Alonso will attempt the next Indianapolis 500. Perhaps Ed Carpenter Racing? One thing for sure – he’s going to make it a spectacle.

Woman of the Week – 16:40

Robyn Gordon

Robyn Gordon has speed in her blog. Her great grandfather (Huntley) was a racer and included a racing resume that included the Indianapolis 500. Her father Bob was known as “Baja Bob” and ran and won multiple off-road races. Her mother Marlene, also was involved in off-road races. In fact she ran a lap or two of the Baja 1000 while pregnant with Robyn’s sister.

Robyn’s resume includes multiple off-road races. She’s the only female to win the Baja 1000 (1990). She also won the 1990 La Paz race, joined by her father and brother as fellow drivers.

In another need for speed, she once held the Women’s Veteran Class in the Long Beach to Catalina Ski Race in July.

Toronto Race Preview 19:45

Go North INDYCAR! To the great nation above the USA. The Honda Indy Toronto (#IndyTO) is the last street race on the calendar. Drivers will do 85 laps for a total of 151.81 miles. A long history of races, the first race was a CART Race in 1986. CART and ChampCar raced there through 2007, and IRL added it to the schedule in 2009.

Last year’s race was simply interesting. Weird crashes where a lot of the field was taken out. Open and closed pits led to drivers tooling around with parts of their car falling off. And yet again a Canadian didn’t win (though Robert Wicken’s placed third, continuing a streak of a Canadian driver coming in third).

As we head into the back half of the season: no one has yet to run away with the championship. If Josef Newgarden has a bad day and Alexander Rossi and Simon Pagenaud have a good day, things can flip. Besides this great battle shaping up watch Lap 1 Turn 1 and the cluster that is the pit lane situation.

Shit We Didn’t Make Up – 56:25

All American Girl Racing

We circle back to Robyn Gordon for our Shit We Didn’t Make Up. The All-American Girl Racing is, as the name suggests, an all-female all-American racing team. The team competed mainly in off-road races including the Baja 500 and the Baja 1000. It was the only all-female team in off-road racing. The team was also the first all-female team to compete in the Baja 1000. The drivers? Robyn and Becky Gordon. Yes RHR’s lovely wife Becky (who has an amazing resume). What’s even more interesting is that the sisters did not kill each other.

Think of your sibling.

Think of an off-road race with them.