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The Autoweek Podcast

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Welcome to the Autoweek Podcast -- the place to hear interviews with some legends of motorsport and car culture, as well as our takes on the latest news from the rest of the car world. In each episode, you'll hear the Autoweek Staff talk about the latest car and racing news, as well as hear reviews about some of the best cars on Earth.
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24 Hours of Le Mans Preview, 2022 Hyundai Tucson and 2021 Jaguar F-Pace
This week on the Autoweek Podcast, Wes Raynal talks with Wesley Wren about the 2022 Hyundai Tucson and the 2021 Jaguar F-Pace, discussing the Tucson’s wild styling and what that could mean for the rest of the Hyundai lineup. Wren lays out the big changes to the F-Pace. After the jump, Steven Cole Smith and Mike Pryson preview one of the best endurance races in the world: this weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, obviously taking place much later in the year than it would normally. While Smith and Pryson agree Toyota should take the overall win, the other classes are much more competitive. Also, the guys talk about the Autoweek Podcast taking a break for the time being. Stay tuned for updates on the show’s revival at a later date, and stay in tune with the podcast team over at Quick Spin.
28:21
September 18, 2020
2020 Pikes Peak Special: Clint Vahsholtz and Robb Holland Interviewed
This week the Autoweek Podcast does a Pikes Peak Spectacular. Kicking off the show Mark Vaughn talks with this year’s quickest man up the hill, Clint Vahsholtz, about the car that carried Vasholtz up the hill quicker than anyone else. Later in the show Robin Warner talks with two-time Autoweek Podcast guest Robb Holland about his adventure competing in the hill climb.
36:07
September 11, 2020
Fernando Alonso Interview, Jeep Grand Wagoneer Concept and NHRA U.S. Nationals Preview
On this episode of the Autoweek Podcast, Wes Raynal talks with Wesley Wren about the finally revealed Jeep Grand Wagoneer concept and the path to production. We also discuss Jeep’s Wrangler 4xe and other new products joining the Jeep lineup globally. After the Jeep discussion, Robin Warner chops it up with Fernando Alonso, and closing the show Susan Wade talks with Mike Pryson about the upcoming NHRA U.S. Nationals and the revised NHRA schedule.
37:50
September 4, 2020
Indianapolis 500 Results, Jeep Grand Wagoneer and NASCAR Playoff Posibilities
On this episode of the Autoweek Podcast, Wes Raynal talks with Wesley Wren and Jake Lingeman about the Mini Convertible’s rumored demise and the upcoming Jeep Grand Wagoneer. The gang dives into the upcoming SUV's importance, rumors about its long development process and what it could mean for Jeep going forward. After the news section, Mike Pryson joins Matt Weaver to talk about the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500. Weaver was present at the race and talks about how it stacked up to the other experiences at the race. Closing the motorsport section, the guys talk about the upcoming NASCAR playoffs and this week’s Formula 1 race at Spa. Music: Well, At Least I’m Not Vaping by Summerbruise
36:21
August 28, 2020
Meet the Ram 1500 TRX and Helio Castroneves Talks Racing Ahead of the Indy 500
On this episode of the Autoweek Podcast, Wes Raynal talks with Wesley Wren and Robin Warner about Porsche toppling the fastest lap around the Nürburgring in an executive car with an upcoming Panamera model. We also talk about Ram’s latest entry into the growing off-road battle: the Ford Raptor-fighting Ram 1500 TRX. Later in the show Warner talks with racing legend Helio Castroneves ahead of the Indianapolis 500, discussing the fan-less 500, his IMSA performance and what he’s looking forward to next year. Music: Well, At Least I’m Not Vaping by Summerbruise
32:48
August 21, 2020
Indianapolis 500 Preview, Hyundai Ioniq Becomes a Brand and Cadillac Lyriq Reveal
On this episode of the Autoweek Podcast, No. 122, Wes Raynal talks with Wesley Wren about Hyundai’s latest addition to its portfolio: the Ioniq sub-brand, dedicated exclusively to electrification. The pair also discusses Cadillac's latest EV, the Lyriq. After a rousing discussion about future products, Matt Weaver and Mike Pryson join the show to talk about the upcoming Indianapolis 500. While the month of May has shrunk to a few days in August, The Greatest Spectacle in Racing is still underway, though without fans. The guys also talk about Max Verstappen winning the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone. Music: Well, At Least I'm not Vaping by Summerbruise
32:57
August 14, 2020
'Quick Spin' Ep. 4: 2020 Mercedes-AMG C63 S
Another Bonus episode of Quick Spin! Don't forget to head over to Quick Spin wherever you get your podcasts and hit the subscribe button. Also, don't forget to leave a review: We would truly appreciate it! The 2020 Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe takes the bones of a perfectly acceptable C-Class coupe and covers them with brute muscle. Powered by Mercedes-AMG's beloved 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 that makes 503 horsepower, the C63 S is a finely tuned beast. (It also possesses one of the best-sounding exhaust notes of any regular-production V8 available today.) On this episode of Quick Spin, Wesley Wren talks with Managing Editor Robin Warner about his time with the C63 S Coupe. As Warner takes you along for his test drive, he shines a light on what makes this high-end hot rod something special in the luxury car world. He also asks a fundamental question about its nature: Is the C63 S a true-blue sports car? Listen and find out.
19:60
August 12, 2020
Quick Spin Introduced, T.50 Revealed and British Grand Prix Analyzed
On this episode of the Autoweek Podcast, No. 121, Wes Raynal and Wesley Wren introduce Quick Spin: the second podcast to join The Autoweek Podcast Network. After a quick explanation of the new show, Raynal spearheads a discussion about the latest from supercar-maker Gordon Murray. Dubbed the T.50, this new supercar has some elements of the McLaren F1 but updated for a new generation. Raynal also talks about how important the McLaren F1 was in its time. After the jump, Mike Pryson and Robin Warner join Wren to discuss the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. The guys talk about Nico Hulkenberg’s bad luck and Lewis Hamilton’s incredible win. For those who didn’t watch, Hamilton finished the race after a tire failure on his final lap. Music: Well, At Least I'm Not Vaping by Summerbruise
36:14
August 7, 2020
Quick Spin Ep. 1: Polestar 1 is a Dream Turned Reality
Here's something special: Autoweek's second podcast! Quick Spin takes you into the car and into the studio with Autoweek's finest to give you honest, insightful reviews with a twist. Make sure to head over to your Apple Podcast, Spotify or wherever you get your podcast and subscribe. Don't forget to leave us a note and let us know what cars you want us to review, and what you want to know about those cars. On the first episode of Quick Spin, Wesley Wren talks with West Coast Editor Mark Vaughn about the first effort from Polestar. Aptly named Polestar 1, it oozes with style and shows that Polestar — the offshoot of Volvo — isn’t pulling any punches. Vaughn puts the Polestar 1 through its paces in the canyons of California.
18:32
August 5, 2020
Acura Leaves Penske, Mercedes Drops Coupes and Lamborghini Essenza SCV12
On this episode of the Autoweek Podcast, Wes Raynal talks with Wesley Wren about recent speculation about Mercedes-Benz. The rumor has it that Mercedes will be thining its car lineup and axing the coupe and convertible variants of its main lineup. The pair also talk about the latest Lamborghini. The guys talk about the restrictions surrounding the Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 and how you can nab one. After the break, Mike Pryson speaks with Steven Cole Smith about the current IMSA Series, news that Acura is leaving Team Penske after the season ends and the status of the GTLM class without Porsche in its ranks. The guys talk about the future of the sport with Porsche possibly moving up to the top ranks of IMSA with the new car and the opportunity for new manufacturers to enter the GTLM class. Music: Well, At Least I’m Not Vaping by Summerbruise
32:29
July 31, 2020
Ford Mustang Mach-E 1400, EV Trucks and Hungarian GP results
On this episode of the Autoweek Podcast, Wes Raynal joins Wesley Wren and Jake Lingeman to talk about the Ford Mustang Mach-E 1400 prototype. This high-horsepower Mustang Mach-E recently debuted as Vaughn Gittin Jr.’s latest tire slaying drift machine. The guys break down the car and its fun features. Inspired by the Mach-E, and Lingeman’s reporting on recent GM news, the guys dive into a discussion about electric pickup trucks. Later in the show, Mike Pryson talks with Autoweek’s NHRA reporter Susan Wade about the problems the series is currently facing. With scheduling issues, and stars absent from events, the NHRA is facing its fair share of hurdles. Closing the show, Wren and Pryson tackle the Hungarian Grand Prix and Lewis Hamilton’s early-season dominance. Music: Well, at least I’m Not Vaping by Summerbruise.
36:29
July 24, 2020
Ford Bronco Revealed, Styrian GP and NASCAR All-Star Race Results
On this episode of the Autoweek Podcast, Wes Raynal joins Jake Lingeman and Wesley Wren to discuss the Ford Bronco. After its long-awaited official debut, the gang jumps into the various features that Ford stuffed into the upcoming Bronco. The team also tackles the available accessories, options and more. Before jumping over to the motorsport side, the guys also break down how Jeep tried to steal Ford’s thunder with a 6.4-liter Hemi-powered Jeep Wrangler concept. Closing the show, Matt Weaver joins Mike Pryson to analyze the NASCAR All-Star Race and the problems with the track. Weaver and Pryson also discuss rookie Cole Custer’s win at the Kentucky Speedway. The pair touches on Tony Stewart’s upcoming race series dubbed SRX. Finally, Pryson closes the show by dissecting the Styrian Grand Prix. Music: "Well, at least I'm not vaping," by summerbruise
38:33
July 17, 2020
Austrian Grand Prix Results and IMSA Porsche Driver Nick Tandy Interviewed
On this episode of the Autoweek Podcast, Wesley Wren joins Mike Pryson and Robin Warner in a discussion with Autoweek’s Joe Saward about the first race of the 2020 Formula 1 season: the Austrian Grand Prix. The guys analyze the race, how it could affect the upcoming Styrian Grand Prix and the troubles the teams faced during the race. The group also discusses what it’s like to attend a Formula 1 race during a global pandemic. Later in the show, Warner interviews Porsche sports car driver Nick Tandy ahead of his third-place finish at the IMSA WeatherTech 240 at Daytona. Music: “Well, at least I’m not vaping” by Summerbruise
35:25
July 10, 2020
Formula 1 Returns, SRT Horsepower News and The 'Flying Mustang' Heads to Auction
On this episode of the Autoweek Podcast, Mike Pryson and Robin Warner join Wesley Wren to talk about the latest high-horsepower news from Dodge. Robin lays out the upcoming additions to Dodge’s performance SRT lineup, namely a Dodge Durango Hellcat, a Dodge Challenger Super Stock and a Dodge Charger Hellcat Redeye. Afterward, the team discusses the big weekend in racing, with F1 making its way back to the track. Closing the show, Wren talks with Vernon Estes of Vernon Estes Classics and John Kraman of Mecum about a Ford Mustang that might reset the record books. Vernon guides us through the details of this special Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R that is headed towards the auction block at the Mecum Spring Classic in Indianapolis, Indiana. Because of the historical significance, this Mustang could become the most expensive ever sold at auction. The group also talks about other significant Shelby cars from the current owner’s collection that are also running across the block. Music: Well, At Least I’m Not Vaping by Summerbruise
34:56
July 3, 2020
Tony Schumacher Talks NHRA and Meet Ford's New F-150
In this episode of the “Autoweek Podcast,” Wes Raynal kicks off the show with Wesley Wren and Jake Lingeman to talk about the next-generation Ford F-150. The latest truck will offer a hybrid driveline and a more posh interior. The gang also talks about how you can win a Jeep Wrangler from Jeep. Later in the show, NHRA legend Tony Schumacher talks with Mike Pryson and Wren about returning to the seat of a Top Fuel Dragster. Schumacher discusses his career, his life and the upcoming race in Indianapolis. Music: “Well, At Least I’m Not Vaping” by Summerbruise
31:40
June 26, 2020
NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2021 and Meet the New Nissan Rogue
On this episode of the “Autoweek Podcast,” Wes Raynal talks with Wesley Wren and Robin Warner at the top of the show about the upcoming 2021 Nissan Rogue. The gang discusses the Rogue’s new look and all of its new features. Following the Nissan analysis, the group talks about the Porsche Cayenne GTS and Subaru Crosstrek, both receiving new engines. Closing the show, Mike Pryson talks with Al Pearce about the 2021 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductees. Pearce gives his thoughts about Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s inevitable induction and guides the listener through the entire voting process. He also talks about the two other inductees: Mike Stefanik and Red Farmer. Pearce explains why these two are significant to NASCAR. Music: “Well, at least I’m not vaping” by Summerbruise
36:12
June 19, 2020
Mazda 3 Turbo Rumors, A New Batmobile and IndyCar Returns
On this episode of the “Autoweek Podcast,” Wes Raynal talks with Jake Lingeman and Wesley Wren about Mazda’s rumored turbocharged Mazda 3. The group discusses where it sits in the market, as well as what it means for Mazda. Following that discussion, the gang dives into Batman’s new ride. The latest Batmobile looks grittier and steeped in a little more realism than previous Batmobiles. This leads to a debate about the best Batmobile. After the jump, Mike Pryson and Joey Barnes join Wren to talk about the first IndyCar race of the year, its winner and the new car. Barnes was at the race; he comments on the lack of fan presence affecting the atmosphere and talks about the precautions IndyCar is taking. This leads to a discussion about the future of IndyCar in 2020. Music: “Well, at least I’m not vaping” by Summerbruise.
33:22
June 12, 2020
Mustang Mach 1, IndyCar Returns and NASCAR 2021 Schedule Updates
On this episode of the “Autoweek Podcast,” Wes Raynal talks with Wesley Wren about the upcoming Ford Mustang Mach 1 and the Land Rover Defender. The forthcoming Mustang will revive the Mach 1 name, sport a handful of performance enhancements and change up some visual cues, which will be nods to Mach 1 Mustangs of yore. The guys also talk about the Land Rover Defender hitting U.S. shores for the first time in over 20 years. After the news section, Mike Pryson and Matt Weaver hop on mics to talk about the big changes coming to the NASCAR schedule in 2021. Weaver argues against the addition of the Nashville Superspeedway and makes his case for having more short tracks on the schedule. The guys also talk about the rest of the 2020 NASCAR schedule, NHRA returning to the drag strip and IndyCar jumping back on racetracks. Music: “Well, at least I’m not vaping” by Summerbruise
33:27
June 5, 2020
Hertz Files Chapter 11, Coca-Cola 600 Results and Track Day Tips
On this episode of the “Autoweek Podcast,” Wes Raynal joins Mike Pryson and Wesley Wren to dive into the biggest news from this week and tackle some of what has happened in the racing world. Raynal discusses the news from struggling rental car company Hertz, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. After the discussion of the troubled rental car giant, Pryson jumps in to talk about the results from the Coca-Cola 600, Jimmie Johnson’s disqualification and Daniel Abt’s suspicious esport performance. Later in the show, resident track rat Jake Lingeman gets us in gear to hit the track ourselves. After the recent chaos in Canada, Lingeman guides everyone through the different ways to be prepared for your next, or first, track day experience. Lingeman gives you tips on how to prepare your car, what he brings to feel secure throughout the day and offers advice about how you should start your track driving journey. Music: “Well, at least i’m not vaping,” summerbruise.
35:13
May 29, 2020
Porsche News, NASCAR is Back and We Go to a Race
On this episode of the “Autoweek Podcast,” Wes Raynal joins Wesley Wren and Robin Warner to kick off the show’s news segment. Warner leads a discussion about the 992-generation Porsche 911 Targa. The group briefly talks about the history of the Targa-topped Porsche 911 and share their thoughts on this latest model. Raynal then pivots to discuss the upcoming supercar from Maserati. After the break, Matt Weaver joins Mike Pryson and Wesley Wren to talk about NASCAR’s recent return to live racing. Weaver shares his experience in going to a race in person. The group talks about how different the experience is compared to just a few short months ago. Music: Well, at least I'm not vaping by Summerbruise
33:33
May 22, 2020
2020 Aston Martin Vantage Review, Road Trips and Tesla news
On this episode of "The Autoweek Podcast," Natalie Neff joins Wes Raynal and Wesley Wren to talk about this week’s Autoweek Breaks Down topic: road trips. Neff asks readers to submit their road trip stories on the Autoweek social media handles before diving into one of her wild road trip tales. After the road trip discussion, Raynal tackles the news of the week: namely, Tesla’s battle to reopen its factory. Later in the show, Mark Vaughn joins Road Test Editor Jake Lingeman to talk about his time with the Aston Martin Vantage. Vaughn talks about his time ripping the car around Southern California, its price, features and where it stands in the world of Grand Tourers. Lingeman talks about his time with the Porsche Cayenne Coupe. Lingeman discusses how the coupe-ified crossover has grown on him. Music: "Well, at least I’m not vaping" by Summerbruise
30:37
May 15, 2020
The Return of Racing, Bronco Sport News, and a New Format
On this episode of the “Autoweek Podcast,” Natalie Neff, Wes Raynal and Wesley Wren kick off the new format by explaining the changes before jumping into the latest from autoweek.com. The gang dives into the news of the week like the National Corvette Museum’s C8 Corvette Raffle and the latest looks from the Ford Bronco Sport. The group also discusses what we saw from Autoweek Breaks Down and highlights the Ford Galaxie 500. After the news section, Matt Weaver and Mike Pryson join Wren to talk about the plan for cars to return to the racetrack. Weaver talks about the World of Outlaws’ upcoming race and NASCAR’s plan for the upcoming schedule. Pryson discusses the NHRA’s decision to not return without fans in the stands. Music: “Well, At Least I’m Not Vaping” by Summerbruise.
30:50
May 8, 2020
History of Horsepower, EV Mustang Concept and a Porsche 911 Review
On this episode of the “Autoweek Podcast,” Natalie Neff joins Wesley Wren, Robin Warner and Jake Lingeman to talk about the latest from Autoweek Breaks Down. This week, the group dives into all things horses, which means Mustangs and horsepower. Later in the show, Wesley Raynal joins Graham Kozak to talk about the all-electric Mustang 1400 concept and the possible death of the Kia Stinger. Closing the show, Neff, Lingeman and Wren jump back into the room to talk about the latest drives with Mark Vaughn. The gang drives the newest from Ferrari and Porsche and the latest generation Nissan Sentra. Music: "Well, at least I’m not vaping" by Summerbruise.
01:11:02
May 1, 2020
Alexis DeJoria interviewed, Rolls-Royce Cullinan reviewed and more!
In this episode of the “Autoweek Podcast,” Natalie Neff kicks off the inaugural Breaks Down section with a dive into mysteries of the car world. Graham Kozak spins a yarn about missing cars, and Jake Lingeman talks about the history of Scooby-Doo’s Mystery Machine. Later in the episode, Mike Pryson and Welsey Wren sit down in the digital studio with NHRA Top Fuel Funny Car pilot Alexis DeJoria. She talks about her return to drag racing and how she’s keeping busy during the pause in the action. After that, Lawrence Ulrich joins Wes Raynal and Patrick Carone to dive into the ethics of driving during the coronavirus pandemic. Closing the show, Lingeman joins Mark Vaughn to talk about Mark’s recent time with the Rolls-Royce Cullinan. Jake reviews the BMW 840i. Music: "Well, at least I’m not vaping" by Summerbruise
01:37:33
April 24, 2020
Rust discussion, Kyle Larson and an Aston Martin DB11 drive review
On this episode of the "Autoweek Podcast," Natalie Neff joins Graham Kozak and Wesley Wren to tackle the topic of the week: Rust. Namely, Graham talks about rust-proofing, with Wesley reminding you to inspect your collector car before laying down your cash. Later in the show, Mike Pryson and Matt Weaver join to talk about the recent Kyle Larson news and debate about the future of racing in 2020. Following that, Mark Vaughn and Wes Raynal join to dive into this week’s news. Mark bids a loving farewell to the racing legend Stirling Moss. Raynal leads a discussion about Mazda rumors and the auction of the final 991-chassis Porsche 911. Closing the show, Joe Brown joins Wes Raynal and Jake Lingeman to talk about driving an Aston Martin DB11 and a Porsche Macan Turbo. Music: "Well, at least I’m not vaping" by Summerbruise
01:35:51
April 17, 2020
Porsche 911 Turbo S Review, Project Car Updates, Bronco News and More!
On this episode of the “Autoweek Podcast,” Natalie Neff joins Graham Kozak and Wesley Wren to talk about the Autoweek Talks topic of the week: Streets. Namely, the group talks about the friction circle and the death of the boulevard cruiser. Later in the show, Andrew Stoy joins Wesley and Graham to dive into project car updates. Stoy dives deep into the tire selection process. Graham gives an update on his Jeep Grand Wagoneer, and Wesley talks about restoring a 1959 Ford steering wheel. Wes Raynal hops on the show after that to guide a discussion about the latest Ford Bronco news, as well as Mazda’s 100th birthday. Closing things out, Mark Vaughn joins Jake Lingeman and Wesley to talk about the 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S. Unsurprisingly, Mark loved it. Wesley reviews the Buick Enclave Avenir. Music: "Well, at least I’m not vaping" by Summerbruise
01:25:06
April 10, 2020
Sim Racing on TV, Detroit Auto Show Canceled and Bentley Bentayga
On this episode of the “Autoweek Podcast,” Natalie Neff joins Jake Lingeman, Graham Kozak and Wesley Wren in a digital forum to talk about the latest from autoweek.com. The group is also joined by Autoweek’s Patrick Carone to discuss Jake’s love of BMW’s iDrive and Graham's cultural analysis of the Pontiac Aztek. Later in the show, Matt Weaver, Mike Pryson and Robin Warner join Wren to discuss the latest in racing. Well, sim racing that is. The group evaluates the televised NASCAR sim races and gets into a discussion about what it all means. Weaver also gives an update on the next-generation NASCAR car. After the motorsport section, Wes Raynal leads Kozak and Wren in a discussion of the latest news stories: namely, the cancellation of the Detroit auto show. The guys chat about the Paris auto show, as well. Wrapping the show, Mark Vaughn talks about his recent time with a Bentley Bentayga. Raynal tells the team about his time with the BMW X5 M Competition. Jake closes the show with a brief review of a Mini Electric. Music: "Well, at least I’m not vaping" by Summerbruise.
01:37:16
April 3, 2020
Spring Maintenance, Hurley Haywood Interviewed and Bentley Flying Spur Review
On this episode of the "Autoweek Podcast," Natalie Neff joins Wesley Wren and Graham Kozak in a digital forum to discuss spring! Graham takes us down the road of his spring maintenance, Natalie talks about her family’s aversion to spring-cleaning cars and Wesley talks about his hatred of springs. Insomuch as Wesley discusses some tools you’ll need to do suspension work. The gang also talks about what they’ve been doing to stay busy during the coronavirus crisis. After that, Robin Warner talks with the great Hurley Haywood. This interview was recorded during the Rolex 24. Wrapping up the show, Wesley talks with Mark Vaughn about California, his time with a Bentley Flying Spur and a BMW R 1250 RS. Music: "Well, at least I’m not vaping" by Summerbruise
57:07
March 27, 2020
John Doonan Interviewed, M-B GLB Reviewed and Woodlites
On this episode of the “Autoweek Podcast,” Natalie Neff joins Graham Kozak, Wesley Wren and Wes Raynal to discuss this week’s Autoweek Talks topic: lights. The gang walks through a handful of stories you can find on autoweek.com but focuses on Kozak’s story about the famed Woodlite. The group also dives into how they’re staying busy while keeping a physical distance from the rest of the world. Later in the show, Mike Pryson and Wesley Wren talk with IMSA president John Doonan about, well, IMSA. Doonan discusses the series’ reaction to the growing pandemic. He also gives a possible return date to racing. Trying to end on an uplifting note, the group also talks about the fantastic Rolex 24. Closing the show, Road Test Editor Jake Lingeman joins Kozak and Wren to talk about the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB250 and the Ram 3500. Music: “Well, at least I’m not vaping” by Summerbruise
52:27
March 20, 2020
Grave Digger Driver interview, Amelia Island recap and 100th episode celebration
On this episode of the “Autoweek Podcast,” Natalie Neff joins Wesley Wren, Andrew Stoy and Graham Kozak to talk about the Autoweek Talks topic of the week: communication. The gang dives deep into the history of car phones and wraps up their spot in car culture. The group then talks about Kozak’s story following Glickenhaus’s journey to Le Mans. Afterward, Mike Pryson and Wesley Wren talk with Morgan Kane: the driver of the legendary Grave Digger. Kane talks about his path to Monster Jam, his relationship with Dennis Anderson and his projects outside of Monster Jam. Pryson and Wren also talk with Autoweek’s F1 correspondent Joe Saward about the upcoming F1 season and the Australian GP. Following that, Wes Raynal joins Wesley Wren and Patrick Carone to talk about the Amelia Island Concours. Closing the show, Stoy, Neff, Kozak and Wren talk about Andy’s time in an EV dump truck and share thoughts on a GMC Denali 3500HD and 2020 Subaru Legacy. Music: Well, at least I'm not vaping by Summerbruise.
01:38:20
March 13, 2020
Bonus Episode: Indycar Season Preview!
On this special bonus episode recorded before the motorsports world shut down over the COVID-19 outbreak, Autoweek’s Matt Weaver previewed the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season alongside Joey Barnes. The episode was recorded in Downtown St. Petersburg with the two hosts detailing what it was like to be at the epicenter of the last remaining racing event with cars on track in the United States before the declaration of a National State of Emergency. Additional talking points included the start of a new era for IndyCar under Penske Entertainment, championship favorites and the impending arrival of NASCAR legend Jimmie Johnson and Supercars champion Scott McLaughlin. The show ends with a debate over who has the most to prove this season and the answers were the two would-have-been faces of the old Indy Racing League in Marco Andretti and Graham Rahal. Music: Well, at least I'm not vaping by Summerbruise
01:10:56
March 13, 2020
LIVE Detroit Autorama special, Talkin' Gar Wood, and Ridler Winner
On this episode of “The Autoweek Podcast,” Natalie Neff talks with Graham Kozak, Wes Raynal and Wesley Wren about the Autoweek Talks topic of the week: Wood. Boat racing enthusiast Raynal leads the charge talking about Gar Wood, his history in hydraulics and his prolific racing career. From there, Kozak and Wren head to the Detroit Autorama show floor to talk with All Girls Garage star Bogi Lateiner. The group talks about Bogi’s path to working on cars, her journey to TV and her efforts to inspire the next generation of automotive technicians. Lateiner discusses her new shop, Girl Gang Garage, and her upcoming SEMA build. The guys also talk with “Autoweek Podcast” superfan and Autorama Extreme exhibitor Jake Sippl about his car and the Autorama. Mike Pryson also headed to the Detroit Autorama to spend some time with racing legend Lyn St. James. Pryson talks with St. James about her upcoming appearance at Belle Isle and her past racing career. Closing the show, Wren and Kozak hop back to the studio to talk about the Autorama’s Ridler winner, a 1963 Chevrolet wagon.   Music: “Well, at least I’m not vaping” by Summerbruise.
01:09:01
March 6, 2020
Family Road Trips, Ryan Newman Update and a C8 Corvette Review
On this episode of the “Autoweek Podcast,” Natalie Neff returns to talk with Andrew Stoy, Jake Lingeman and Wesley Wren about the longest-running engine families currently in production. The team discuss the possibilities of new engines developed today running as long as these beloved powerplants. The group then talks about its most memorable road trips. Later in the show, Mike Pryson and Wren join Matt Weaver to talk about recent updates with Ryan Newman. The gang also hashes out the bounty on Kyle Busch. Closing the show, Lingeman and Wren talk with Mark Vaughn about his time in the new C8 Corvette. Mark drove the midengine ’Vette around a track and on the road. Vaughn also talks about his time with the Cadillac CT5-V. Music: “Well, at least I’m not vaping” by Summerbruise
01:22:55
February 28, 2020
Daytona 500, Electric Revolution, Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD Review
On this episode of the “Autoweek Podcast,” Wes Raynal talks with Graham Kozak, Mike Pryson and Wesley Wren about the Talks topic of the week: Revolution. Leading the charge is Kozak with his story about the electric revolution and how it’s been going on almost as long as there’s been cars on roads. Later, Pryson talks about the biggest revolution in NASCAR—the draft. After the Talks section, Matt Weaver joins Pryson and Wren to talk about the Daytona 500. The team talks about Denny Hamlin’s win, Ryan Newman’s crash and the rest of the race. Weaver dives into Newman’s accomplishments, the “Newman bar” and the recent problems facing the current generation of NASCAR. Closing the show, Raynal, Wren and Kozak talk about a 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD and the 2020 BMW X6 M50i xDrive. Music: “Well, At Least I’m Not Vaping” by Summerbruise
01:17:01
February 21, 2020
Blue Train Bentley, Chicago Auto Show and GMC Sierra HD Review
On this episode of the “Autoweek Podcast,” Natalie Neff joins Graham Kozak, Jake Lingeman, Wesley Wren and Wes Raynal to talk about the blues. Graham leads a discussion about the myth of the Blue Train Bentley, Raynal talks about his experience with diesel exhaust fluid and the gang all talks about the 2020 Chicago Auto Show.   Later in the show, Al Pearce talks with Mike Pryson and Wesley Wren about the Daytona 500 and his history with the major race.   Closing the show, Kozak, Raynal and Wren join Andrew Stoy to talk about a GMC Sierra 2500 HD Diesel and a Mini Clubman John Cooper Works. Music: Well, at least I'm not vaping by Summerbruise
01:10:53
February 14, 2020
Calvin Stickers, a Ron Capps Interview and Porsches on Ice
On this episode of the “Autoweek Podcast,” Natalie Neff joins Wesley Wren, Graham Kozak, Jake Lingeman and Chris Langrill to talk about the Talks topic of the week: Tolerance. Kicking off the discussion, Kozak guides us through the myths of the Merlin. Afterward, Jake talks about breaking in an engine before Langrill dives into the infamous Calvin sticker. Later in the show, Matt Weaver joins Mike Pryson and Wesley Wren to talk about the upcoming NASCAR race at Daytona. Matt Hagan misses an interview, which caused NHRA legend Ron Capps to play cleanup. Capps talks about his experience at the Super Bowl, his trailer fire and the Winternationals. Closing the show, Lingeman talks about his time with Porsches on ice. Music: Well, at least I'm not vaping by Summerbruise
01:08:04
February 7, 2020
Electric Future, Rolex 24 and Grand National Roadster Show
On this episode of the “Autoweek Podcast,” Natalie Neff joins Graham Kozak, Andrew Stoy and Wesley Wren to discuss the Autoweek Talks topic of the week: utility. Joining on the phone, Mark Vaughn talks about the implications of mass adoption of electric cars. The gang also dives into the love of wagons and the Grand National Roadster Show. In the middle of the show, Robin Warner talks with a handful of notable Team Penske members like Ricky Taylor, Juan Pablo Montoya, Simon Pagenaud, Helio Castroneves, Alexander Rossi and Dane Cameron at the Rolex 24. Closing the show, Mike Pryson, Robin Warner and Steven Cole Smith join Wren in a lengthy discussion of the Rolex 24. They break down the race, talk about what they saw and give insight into what it’s like to watch the 24-hour race at Daytona. Music: Well, at least I'm not vaping by Summerbruise
01:24:05
January 31, 2020
Rats in Car Culture, Oliver Gavin Interview and Brumos Collection
On this episode of the “Autoweek Podcast,” Natalie Neff joins Graham Kozak, Wesley Wren and Andrew Stoy to discuss the Autoweek Talks topic of the week: The Year of the Rat. Graham tells us a brief history of Ed Roth, his experience meeting him and the insights gained from reading Roth’s book. Wesley tackles the issue plaguing him with existential dread: rat rods. The gang wraps up talking about the ways they’ve kept rats out of their project cars. Following the Autoweek Talks section, Mike Pryson interviews Chevrolet Corvette Racing driver Oliver Gavin ahead of the new ’Vette’s debut at the Rolex 24. Gavin has been a part of each new Corvette racing car and talks about how this midengine ’Vette is different. Closing the show, Mike and Wesley talk with Steven Cole Smith about the newly opened to the public Brumos Collection. The guys also talk about the weather ahead of the upcoming Rolex 24 at Daytona.
01:07:27
January 24, 2020
Chili Bowl Nationals Bonus episode: Kyle Larson interview, meet Joey Barnes and race analysis
On this special bonus episode, Autoweek’s Matt Weaver spends time at the Chili Bowl Nationals to give you a feel for what the race is like in person. Weaver interviews the race winner Kyle Larson before jumping into analysis with his co-host, Joey Barnes. The two talk about the race, what they saw and give their thoughts. Music: "Well, at least I’m not vaping" by Summerbruise
32:31
January 24, 2020
'Autoweek Talks' Time, CES 2020 and Mercedes-Benz SL550
On this episode of the “Autoweek Podcast,” Natalie Neff joins Andrew Stoy, Graham Kozak and Wesley Wren to tackle the Autoweek Talks topic of the week: time. Graham spins a yarn about vintage clock restoration, and the gang tackles what decade was most important for the modern car.   After that discussion, Wesley joins Wes Raynal and Mark Vaughn to talk about Mark’s trip to this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Mark guides us through what he saw at the show. Later the guys dissect Sony’s entry into the automotive realm.   Wrapping the show, Patrick Carone joins Stoy, Kozak and Wren in the studio to talk about his time with a Mercedes-Benz SL500. The group later reviews the new Nissan Titan and the BMW 840i. Music: We’ll At Least I’m Not Vaping by Summerbruise
01:12:31
January 17, 2020
Gio Scelzi Interview, Weaver watches Supercross and We Explain Autoweek Talks
On this episode of the “Autoweek Podcast,” Natalie Neff joins Wesley Wren, Andrew Stoy and Graham Kozak to introduce a new podcast segment: Autoweek Talks. This is an audio extension of the same content you’ll find on autoweek.com that takes you deeper into the discussion. In this introductory segment, Kozak helps us find the first purpose-built car company, and the gang talks about potential first project cars. Following that segment, Mike Pryson joins Wren to interview Gio Scelzi ahead of the Chili Bowl Nationals. Scelzi, son of NHRA legend Gary Scelzi, talks about his path to racing sprint cars, the Chili Bowl and what it’s like being the son of an NHRA legend who isn’t drag-racing. Closing the show, Matt Weaver joins to talk about his recent adventure with Supercross. Music: We’ll, at least I’m not vaping by Summerbruise Listen below, on iTunes, Spotify or wherever podcasts are played.
01:11:43
January 10, 2020
Chili Bowl Preview, Toyota Corolla review and Mini Clubman discussion
On this episode of the “Autoweek Podcast,” Wesley Wren and Mike Pryson sit down with Matt Weaver to dive back into the world of motorsports. After a short, short offseason, the engines are getting started yet again. The guys preview one of the premier midget car races of the year: the Chili Bowl Nationals. Weaver explains what the Chili Bowl is all about, gives us his thoughts on the upcoming race and talks about the event’s name. The gang also previews some upcoming events that might make their way to your ears.   Following the motorsports section, Weaver and Pryson are replaced by Graham Kozak, Andrew Stoy and Wes Raynal to discuss the Autoweek Fleet. This episode, the guys review the Honda CR-V, Toyota Corolla and Mini Clubman. Stoy also gives his thoughts on the Infiniti Q50 Edition 30 after spending over a week driving it. Music: Well, at least I’m not vaping by Summerbruise
50:26
January 3, 2020
Cadillac XT6, Mitsubishi Outlander Sport and Infiniti Q50 Reviews, Plus Racing Game of the Year
On this episode of the “Autoweek Podcast,” Wesley Wren and Jake Lingeman host a Twitch takeover at the start of the show to discuss their favorite and least favorite racing games of 2019. The pair talks through the big releases of the year before each settles on a top five list. The pair runs through big releases like NASCAR Heat 4 and Need For Speed: Heat. The guys also dive into a handful of arcade racing games they played over the year. Following the Twitch takeover, Robin Warner sits down with sports car racer Ricky Taylor. The two talk about Taylor’s 2019 season with Acura team Penske and co-driver Helio Castroneves. After the interview, Wes Raynal and Robin Warner join Jake and Wesley to talk about the Autoweek Fleet—namely, the Cadillac XT6, Mitsubishi Outlander Sport and Infiniti Q50 Edition 30. Music: “Well, at least I’m not vaping” by Summerbruise
01:17:52
December 27, 2019
1966 Dodge A100 Project, Subaru Legacy Discussion and Lexus UX Review
In this upcoming episode of the “Autoweek Podcast,” Andrew Stoy takes Wesley Wren, Graham Kozak and Jake Lingeman back into the garage with his new-to-him-again 1966 Dodge A100. Stoy bought the van back from the person he sold it to in Canada and tells the tale of transporting a vehicle across the Canadian-American border. Graham then tells his own tale of shuffling a car across the border with much less preparation. Closing this segment, the gang talks about their plans for the winter: Spoiler, cold garages are dampening motivations. Later in the show, Wes Raynal hops on a mic to help Lingeman and Wren discuss the Autoweek Fleet. The guys run through what they currently have in the garage but focus on the latest Subaru Legacy Sport and the Lexus UX 250h F Sport Premium. Wren talks lovingly about the volume dial on the Lexus UX 250h, Lingeman talks cargo space and Raynal talks about the styling.
53:35
December 20, 2019
Bullitt Mustang interview, Snowball Derby results and Honda Accord Sport review
In this episode of the “Autoweek Podcast,” the Autoweek team launches into one of the premier short track races in the year, talk with Sean Kiernan about his legendary Bullitt Mustang that’s heading to auction and wrap up the show with the Autoweek Fleet. Starting the show, Mike Pryson, Wesley Wren and Matt Weaver talk about the Snowball Derby, the drama and the results. The disqualification over illegal brake components gave second-place finisher Travis Barden the win, and Weaver explains why. Weaver also explains why the Snowball Derby is such an important race. After that, Graham Kozak and Natalie Neff talk with Kiernan about, well, Bullitt. His beloved family Mustang is heading to auction and might demand one of the highest sale prices ever for a Mustang, if not a muscle car. Kiernan guides us through his stewardship of the car and explains why he’s finally ready to let It move along. Closing the show, Jake Lingeman leads a discussion about the Autoweek Fleet. Music: Well, at least I’m not vaping by Summerbruise
01:33:55
December 13, 2019
Talkin’ ‘Fireball 500’; Lexus GX460, Volvo V60 T8 Polestar reviewed
On this episode of the “Autoweek Podcast,” Natalie Neff joins Mike Pryson, Wesley Wren and “Autoweek Podcast” enthusiasm contributor Chris Langrill to celebrate the end of the NASCAR season by reviewing the classic flick “Fireball 500” from 1966. For those unaware, “Fireball 500” takes all of the happy-go-lucky fun from the Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello Beach Party series and brings it (and them) to the stock car world. Weird? We thought so, too. But the gang dissects the plot of the movie, finds its highlights and points out its considerable flaws.   Closing the show, Andrew Stoy, Wesley, Jake Lingeman and Wes Raynal hop on microphones to give you an update of the Autoweek Fleet. The guys then dive deep into the Lexus GX460, the Volvo V60 T8 Polestar and the Hyundai Santa Fe.
01:00:42
December 6, 2019
Bud Denker talks IndyCar, Josef Newgarden interviewed and Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 3500 4x4 review
On this episode of the “Autoweek Podcast,” Bud Denker, president of Penske Corp., joins Mike Pryson, Wesley Wren and Robin Warner to talk about the Detroit Grand Prix and Penske’s acquisition of Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IndyCar. Denker outlines the nature of the deal, bringing light to the quick timeline of the purchase. He also shares his hopes for the future of IndyCar. Following Denker, Josef Newgarden, the 2019 IndyCar champion, hops on a microphone to talk about his banner season and his second title in three years. Newgarden also discusses the racers he had to keep an eye on this season, his favorite video games and his plans for next year. Newgarden also gives some insight into his path to IndyCar. Rounding out the show, Andrew Stoy, Wesley and Robin go for another round in the Autoweek Fleet. Highlighted in this segment is the massive Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 3500 4x4, a Mercedes-Benz GLS and a Land Rover Range Rover. Music: “Well, at least I’m not vaping” by Summerbruise
01:10:36
November 29, 2019
Kyle Busch wins NASCAR title, Adam Carolla interviewed and the LA Auto Show wrapped
On this episode of the “Autoweek Podcast,” Matt Weaver calls in to talk with Mike Pryson and Wesley Wren about the end of the NASCAR season, Kyle Busch’s championship and the goof that probably cost Martin Truex Jr. a second title. The team also touches on the NASCAR Trucks season ending and the future of a few Xfinity drivers. The guys also dive into the NHRA season finale and the fight that is causing a stir among drivers. After the motorsport section, Jake Lingeman and Andrew Stoy replace Weaver and Pryson to talk about the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show. The team touches on the highlights of the show, analyzing the Ford Mustang Mach-E, refreshed Genesis G90 and the 2021 Nissan Sentra. The guys also dissect the trends of this year’s LA show: namely, electrification and uber-expensive crossovers. Before the drives section, Jake and Wesley sit down with Adam Carolla to talk about his latest documentary: Shelby American. Carolla discusses how this documentary came to be, mostly because of all the leftover stories from another of Carolla’s docs, The 24 Hour War. As you can imagine The 24 Hour War covered Shelby’s involvement in the Ford endurance racing program of the 1960s. Carolla felt that the story of Shelby had to be told, and you can find it all in this documentary. The Autoweek Fleet returns for the drives portion of the show and highlights what the team has driven over the past week. The stars of this week’s show: the Genesis G70, the Ram 1500 Ecodiesel and the Ford Explorer ST. Music: “Well, at least I’m not vaping” by Summerbruise
01:44:14
November 22, 2019
Matt Damon, Christian Bale, and Mose Nowland interviewed, and a 'Ford V Ferrari' review
On this special episode of the “Autoweek Podcast,” the Autoweek gang jumps headfirst into the biggest racing movie of the year, Ford v Ferrari. Kicking off the episode, Mike Pryson and Wesley Wren talk with current Ford Performance Motorsports director Mark Rushbrook about the Ford GT’s return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2016. They also talk about how exciting a movie like this must be for current Ford Motorsports endeavors. Following the Rushbrook interview, the guys sit down with Mose Nowland: the man behind the 1966 Ford GT40’s engines. Nowland talks about the 1966 race, his experience developing engines for Ford and his life in general. He also tells a tale of flying out shortly before Le Mans to Holman-Moody and Shelby America to resolve some oil leaks. After the interviews, Mark Vaughn and Wes Raynal join Wren to talk about the topic at hand: Ford v Ferrari. Mark screened the film a few weeks ago and guides us through what he liked and didn’t like about the movie. Ultimately, the consensus is that it’s good for the whole family: racing fan or not. Closing the show, Matt Damon and Christian Bale sit down with Mark Vaughn for a short interview. Music: “well, at least I’m not vaping” by Summerbruise
58:11
November 15, 2019
Lewis Hamilton gets 6th championship, Bottas wins US GP, IndyCar news and the Autoweek Fleet
In this episode of the “Autoweek Podcast,” the Autoweek team is joined by its Formula 1 correspondent Joe Saward to talk about the 2019 U.S. Grand Prix. Saward joins Robin Warner, Mike Pryson and Wesley Wren to talk about the race and Lewis Hamilton’s second-place finish, which netted him the 2019 drivers’ championship. Saward also dives into the 2021 regulations, the problems Ferrari faced at the USGP and what to look forward to in F1. After Saward, Mike and crew talk about the news in IndyCar—yes, the Penske acquisition of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the entire IndyCar series. Wesley gives some advice about Speedway, Indiana, and gives Penske some advice about how to connect IndyCar and NASCAR at the Indy GP. Closing the motorsports section, Matt Weaver calls in ahead of the NASCAR race in Phoenix. Wrapping the show, Graham Kozak and Andrew Stoy join Wesley to talk about the Autoweek Fleet. The gang run through the cars currently stowed away in Autoweek Tower but highlight two: the 2020 Nissan Versa and the 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63. Music: “Well, at least I’m not vaping,” by Summerbruise
01:03:12
November 8, 2019
Ott Tanak wins WRC, Ford Mustang V10 engineers interviewed and Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 review
On this episode of the “Autoweek Podcast,” Wesley Wren, Mike Pryson and Robin Warner talk with World Rally Championship correspondent Jeremy Hart about Rally Catalunya and Ott Tanak’s championship crowning. Hart talks with the gang about the event, the energy behind Tanak and compares him to previous champions. Hart also talks about possible changes to WRC for 2020, including drivers possibly retiring. After breaking down WRC, Robin, Mike and Wesley dissect the Mexico GP -- namely Lewis Hamilton’s performance. Robin spends time talking about the challenges teams face in Mexico because of the altitude. Robin also breaks down the possible ways that Valtteri Bottas can stay in the hunt for a drivers’ championship. Obviously, it isn’t likely that Bottas will win the championship. The middle of the show features Jake talking with Jim O'Neill and Greg Coleman about their outlandish creation: a V10-powered Ford Mustang mule. The engineers talk about the history of the car, why it was built and how they saved it from the crusher. The guys go into detail about the engine’s creation and the complete history of the car. Wrapping the show, Andrew Stoy and Wes Raynal join Jake and Wesley to talk about cars. The group introduces a new revolving feature called Autoweek Fleet, where the guys talk about the cars in, well, the Autoweek Press Fleet. This time, Andrew and Wes lead a discussion about the 2020 Porsche 911. Closing the show is Jake’s review of the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. Music: Well, at least I’m not vaping by Summerbruise
01:18:49
November 1, 2019
‘Ford v Ferrari’ stunt driver interview, NASCAR Round of 8 and new voices
On this episode of the “Autoweek Podcast,” a few new voices join the show: Autoweek’s new editorial director, Patrick Carone, and Autoweek’s longtime digital editor, Andrew Stoy, both hop on microphones. Patrick talks about his journey to Autoweek, the future of Autoweek and one of his favorite cars. Andy talks about his journey through the automotive world and about getting back his Dodge A100. Motorsport reporter Matt Weaver is also in the studio to talk about his life as a racer and gives us a deeper insight into his day-to-day life. From there, the show shifts to an interview with “Ford v. Ferrari” stunt driver Jon Capps. Brother of NHRA Funny Car pilot Ron Capps, Jon talks about his work in the upcoming Matt Damon film and on other movies. He also sheds some light on his life racing nostalgia Funny Cars. In a strange twist, closing the show is Mike Pryson, Wesley Wren and Matt talking about the latest in NASCAR. Gearing up for the Final 8, the guys talk about possibilities at the upcoming race in Martinsville, and Wesley discusses how terrible he is at that track in “NASCAR Heat 4.” Music: “Well, at least I’m not vaping” by Summerbruise
57:13
October 25, 2019
State of the Podcast, Subaru update and a Ford Mustang prototype review
On this episode of the Autoweek Podcast, host Rory Carroll joins Wes Raynal, Natalie Neff and Wesley Wren to discuss the latest news regarding Autoweek. The podcast will continue without Rory and will likely spin off more shows that cater to the different facets of the car world. Rory also gives an update on his Subaru project, which might become his daily driver.    After the Autoweek status update, Jake dives into something that might sound confusing: a V10-powered Ford Mustang. Ford developed a V10 and stuffed it in a New Edge-bodied SN95 Ford Mustang for development purposes. The car was mothballed after its time as a mule and did the impossible: survived the crusher. This might be one of the most special Mustangs ever slammed together.
47:30
October 18, 2019
Project Car Hell returns: Meet the Subaru WRX Wagon and a Packard engine update
On this episode of the “Autoweek Podcast,” host Rory Carroll navigates a trip into project car hell with Wesley Wren, Wes Raynal and Graham Kozak. The gang dives deep into their respective project cars and gives some insight into what it’s like for them to maintain their projects. Kicking off the show, Wes talks about his reliable Alfa Romeo. After a few minutes of talking about Italian reliability, Rory chimes in with his new project: a Subaru WRX wagon. Podcast devotees will be familiar with the WRX Wagon debacle, but Rory gives a quick refresher to those who aren’t. He outlines his plans for the car and how it fits in with his other projects. Graham jumps in with an update on his Packard straight-eight engine refresh and talks us through the serviceability of the mammoth Packard engine. This also shows Graham’s shift into patient wrenching, which is more soothing than frustrating. Closing the show, Wesley talks about having to move his 1954 Ford out of long-term storage because of a series of unfortunate events. That means there will be an ill-advised road trip in the podcast’s future.
56:48
October 11, 2019
Russian GP, Eddie Gossage interview and Rodin FZed review
On this episode of the “Autoweek Podcast,” host Rory Carroll welcomes Mike Pryson, Robin Warner and Wesley Wren to talk about Lewis Hamilton’s win at the Russian GP and to give an update on the state of NASCAR. Joining on the phone, Matt Weaver dives deep into the race at Charlotte Motor Speedway and the current NASCAR standings. From there, Pryson talks with Texas Motor Speedway’s Eddie Gossage about the AAA 500 and its schedule conflict with Formula 1. Gossage also shares his thoughts on the NASCAR playoff system. Wrapping the show, Robin talks about his time with the Rodin FZed open-wheel track toy.
01:04:57
October 4, 2019
Josef Newgarden IndyCar champion, RADwood Detroit and Project Packard
On this episode of the “Autoweek Podcast,” host Rory Carroll welcomes Mike Pryson, Wesley Wren and Matt Weaver to talk about the IndyCar season wrapping, Josef Newgarden taking the championship and the final race of 2019 at Laguna Seca. The group dissects the season and the finale in California. After the motorsports section, a special guest joins the pod—noted 1980s/’90s enthusiast and Autoweek copy chief Chris Langrill, who hops on a microphone to praise RADwood Detroit. The guys discuss the show, how it’s evolved and the cars they enjoyed seeing. Jake Lingeman also joins in to talk about his problems with the idea of celebrating the era and what it’s like to show a car at the event. Wrapping the show, Graham Kozak gives a quick update on his 1951 Packard.
54:38
September 27, 2019
Formula Fords at Road America, Goodwood Revival and Empire Hill Climb
On this episode of the “Autoweek Podcast,” host Rory Carroll joins Wesley Wren, Jimmy Pelizzari, Jake Lingeman and Graham Kozak to talk about the upcoming season-ending race in IndyCar and the news ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix. With regular motorsport editor Mike Pryson unavailable, Kozak steps in to become the junior motorsport reporter and answers questions about the IndyCar race at Laguna Seca before picking a series champion. Kozak also dives into the F1 news with Haas and the Singapore Grand Prix. In the middle of the show, Pryson interviews Steve Beeler about the Formula Ford event held at Road America over the weekend. Beeler talks about how to get into a Formula Ford and what you can expect from a race. Wrapping the show, the gang talks about Autoweek’s Empire Hill Climb and the Goodwood Revival.
01:09:07
September 20, 2019
F1 at Monza, NASCAR Playoffs and Empire Hill Climb preview
On this episode of the “Autoweek Podcast,” host Rory Carroll talks with Mike Pryson, Jimmy Pelizzari and Wesley Wren about the latest in racing, from grassroots events to Formula 1. Kicking off the show, the gang discusses Charles Leclerc’s second straight win, this one at Monza. The team also talks about Sebastian Vettel’s spin and Lewis Hamilton’s mistakes.   Following F1, Mike guides us through the playoff picture in NASCAR -- most notably, Jimmie Johnson’s absence from the championship hunt. Wesley also learns that Jimmie Johnson is not Kyle Busch.  Wrapping the show, the group previews the 2019 Empire Hill Climb. Autoweek’s own event, which is held in Empire, Michigan, is sure to be one of the most fun times of the year.
40:48
September 13, 2019
Belgian Grand Prix, Porsche Taycan and Portland Grand Prix
On this episode of the “Autoweek Podcast,” host Rory Carroll welcomes Mike Pryson, Wesley Wren and Jimmy Pelizzari to talk about the latest happenings in motorsport. The guys are joined by Autoweek’s roving motorsports reporter, Matt Weaver, to discuss the Portland Grand Prix and the changes to the 2020 IndyCar schedule -- most notably, the removal of Pocono Raceway from the calendar. Afterward, the guys dive into Formula 1 and the Belgian Grand Prix at the legendary Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. Ferrari gets its first win in a while, with the young Charles Leclerc nabbing his first F1 victory. The group also talks about the loss of Anthoine Hubert, who died in an accident in the F2 race. Wrapping the show, Graham Kozak and Jake Lingeman join to talk about Porsche’s new EV: the Taycan. The guys discuss the price, features and competition. Oh yeah, and they talk about the turbocharger-less Taycan Turbo.
01:17:15
September 6, 2019
Mustang vs. Camaro, 2020 F1 schedule, and Kerry Tharp interviewed
On this episode of the “Autoweek Podcast,” host Rory Carroll welcomes Mike Pryson, Wesley Wren, Jimmy Pelizzari and Robin Warner to talk about the latest in racing. Coming off the break in Formula 1, the group talks about the upcoming race at Spa, the driver shuffling and the 2020 schedule. The gang also discusses the inclusion of the Vietnam GP. After the F1 talk, the team dives into the results from the WRC race in Germany. The winner, Ott Tanak, has a commanding lead and will likely win the series championship. After the racing segment, Pryson interviews Darlington Raceway president Kerry Tharp. The two discuss Darlington’s upcoming throwback race, which is highlighting the liveries of the early ’90s this year. Wrapping the show, Jake Lingeman and Graham Kozak join in to talk about what we’d rather own: a Ford Mustang or a Chevrolet Camaro. From there, Kozak takes us on a journey into restomods with a review of the Plymouth Hellvedere.
01:32:14
August 30, 2019
Pebble Beach wrapped, Woodward Dream Cruise review and Jack Beckman interviewed
On this episode of the “Autoweek Podcast,” host Rory Carroll joins Wes Raynal, Wesley Wren and Graham Kozak to talk about their experiences at Pebble Beach and the Woodward Dream Cruise. Listeners may note that the gang previewed these events last episode. Graham goes into detail about Autoweek’s Cruise Detroit event at the Dream Cruise, as well as a status of the cruise. Wesley talks about dawn patrol and the special hot rod cover car class. Closing the show, Mike Pryson talks with NHRA Funny Car pilot “Fast” Jack Beckman.
01:02:13
August 24, 2019
‘The Art of Racing in the Rain’ reviewed, Pebble Beach and Dream Cruise previews
On this episode of the Autoweek Podcast, host Rory Carroll joins Graham Kozak, Wesley Wren and Jake Lingeman to preview two of the biggest car events in the country that take place on the same weekend: Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and the Woodward Dream Cruise. Before the guys tackle the previews, Autoweek’s Mark Vaughn calls in to review the polarizing film “The Art of Racing in the Rain.” It might be a surprise, but the team reviews the film in roughly 25 minutes. The shortest movie review in Autoweek Podcast history revolves around the film’s protagonist. Namely, with the fact that it’s a dog, which Mark kindly reminds you that he loves. After the movie, Mark gives a quick guide to Pebble Beach and talks about what he’s excited about.   Wrapping the show, the team discusses the significance of this year’s Woodward Dream Cruise and reminds you how you can participate in the cruise with Autoweek (for free). If you haven’t had a chance to check out Dream Cruise, stay put until the end and take Graham’s words for gospel.   Tune in below, on Spotify or anywhere podcasts are played.
01:11:08
August 16, 2019
F1 in Hungary, IMSA at Road America and Tii Tharpe talks Top Fuel Harley
On this episode of the “Autoweek Podcast,” host Rory Carroll talks with Jimmy Pelizzari, Mike Pryson and Wesley Wren about the recent news in motorsport. Kicking off the show, Autoweek NHRA reporter Susan Wade calls in to talk about John Force’s 150th career event win. The gang puts his victories in context and explains why it’s unlikely someone will ever topple Force’s win count. Afterward, Mike and Wesley talk to NHRA Top Fuel Harley pilot Tii Tharpe about the amazing world of nitromethane-burning Harley-Davidsons. Tharpe tells us what it’s like to make a pass on one of these nitro bikes, what kind of protection one has to wear to stay safe and how he started his journey down the asphalt aisle. Wrapping the show, the guys talk about F1 at Hungary and the IMSA race at Road America. Jimmy learns that he’s bad at Twitter, Lewis Hamilton won again and Mazda is on a hot streak.
01:13:10
August 9, 2019
F1 at Germany, 2020 Toyota Supra review and 'should I buy' a Genesis G70
On this episode of the Autoweek Podcast, host Rory Carroll talks with Robin Warner, Jake Lingeman, Mike Pryson, Wesley Wren and Jimmy Pelizzari about the latest in racing and the car world. At the start of the show, the guys talk about the future of IndyCar with Alexander Rossi re-signing a contract with Andretti. Afterward, the team tackles Lewis Hamilton’s struggles at the German Grand Prix. Wrapping the motorsport section, the team talks about IMSA’s upcoming race at Road America and the latest news with the Mazda DPi team. Closing the show, the guys respond to a listener’s inquiry into a Genesis G70 and dissect the latest Toyota Supra. Tune in below, on Spotify or wherever podcasts are played.
01:15:04
August 2, 2019
Project car update and the Autoweek Trivia game
On this episode of the “Autoweek Podcast,” host Rory Carroll joins Wesley Wren and Jimmy Pelizzari on a special, nostalgia-dense episode. Harkening back to the looser, earlier days, the gang dives into its project cars to give you all updates on their status. Rory is still wrenching on his Porsche and added a new wagon to his fleet. Jimmy is working on his Subaru rally car and a Datsun. And, rounding out the updates, Wesley has made some progress with his Galaxie.   Closing the show, Rory quizzes the guys with questions lifted straight from the legendary Autoweek Trivia game.
56:55
July 26, 2019
2020 Chevrolet Corvette revealed, Formula E in NYC and BMW M5
On this episode of the “Autoweek Podcast,” host Rory Carroll talks with Wesley Wren, Mike Pryson, Robin Warner, Jake Lingeman and Jimmy Pelizzari about the latest in car culture and racing. Kicking off the show, Rory, Wesley, Robin and Jake are joined by Autoweek’s Jeff Vettraino to talk about the new Chevrolet Corvette. The midengine 2020 Chevy Corvette is a huge departure from the Corvette tradition, considering the engine is now placed behind the passengers in a rear-midengine layout. Jeff and Robin guide the gang through the development of the eighth-generation ’Vette and talk about its features. After the Corvette talk, Jimmy and Mike hop aboard to discuss the Formula E race in New York and Formula 1’s British Grand Prix. Wrapping the show, Rory and Jake talk about the BMW M5 Competition and the Mercedes-AMG GT 53.
01:46:13
July 19, 2019
Why rally is great, a WRC explainer and a chat with Jeremy Hart
On this episode of the “Autoweek Podcast,” host Rory Carroll talks with Mike Pryson, Wesley Wren and Jimmy Pelizzari about something close to Jimmy’s heart: stage rally. On this special episode of the podcast, Jimmy talks about what got him obsessed with the relatively niche motorsport and what furthered his love for racing on gravel, dirt, snow and tarmac. Jimmy also dives into the steps you’ll take while racing and how to get to the top levels of American stage rally.   Calling in with enough World Rally Championship experience to write multiple books, Autoweek contributor Jeremy Hart talks about his past with WRC, shares some stories and explains how he thinks it can return to the United States.
01:16:58
July 12, 2019
Acura NSX review, Mazda wins at Watkins Glen, Jake races Lemons and Hot Wheels Legends tour
On this episode of the “Autoweek Podcast,” host Rory Carroll welcomes Wesley Wren, Graham Kozak, Jake Lingeman and Natalie Neff to talk about the latest in motorsport and car culture. Kicking off the show, Natalie dives into her experience judging the recent Hot Wheels Legends Tour stop in Dearborn, Michigan. Rory, Natalie and Wesley discuss the types of cars present, and Natalie goes into detail about what she was looking for as a judge. Afterward, Jake talks about his trip to the Lemons Rust Belt GP at Gingerman Raceway. Jake split seat time with the Nightmares on Elm Street 219 team and its Eagle Talon. Jake guides us through the unfortunate transmission failure, the chase for a new trans and the fun parts of Lemons racing. After that, Stephen Cole Smith calls in to talk with Mike Pryson about the significance of Mazda’s victory at Watkins Glen. That’s followed by Mazda’s own John Doonan calling in to talk about the big win from his perspective. Wrapping the show, Jake, Rory, Graham and Wesley talk about the Acura NSX.
01:35:26
July 5, 2019
Cars in Corktown, BMW M4 CS and Mike experiences the NHRA
On this episode of the “Autoweek Podcast,” host Rory Carroll joins Mike Pryson, Jimmy Pelizzari, Jake Lingeman, Wesley Wren and Graham Kozak to talk about Mike’s recent trip to Norwalk, Ohio, to experience an NHRA event in person. Mike talks about the access available to fans, what it feels like to see two nitro-burning dragsters launch and the unbelievably low cost of ice cream.   After Pryson wraps up his NHRA thoughts, the gang talks about Autoweek’s recent Cars in Corktown event. The event celebrated, well, cars, as a group of die-hard enthusiasts joined the Autoweek staff to watch the start of this year’s running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the Corktown area of Detroit. This first event of the season might be the biggest of Autoweek’s Cars in Corktown series so far, despite light rains early in the morning.   Closing the show, the group talks about two prominent sports cars that have run through the fleet: the BMW M4 CS and the Ferrari 488 Pista.
01:03:42
June 28, 2019
Peter Hughes at Le Mans, Hot Wheels Legends and remembering Davey G. Johnson
On this episode of the “Autoweek Podcast,” host Rory Carroll joins Wesley Wren and Mike Pryson in the studio to talk about the 2019 running of Le Mans. Since no one in the room was actually there, the guys have Peter Hughes call in to talk about his first trip to Circuit de la Sarthe for a 24-hour race.   Peter spins a yarn about his experience and the sights he saw -- and explains how you can have fun at Le Mans through a VIP experience or just from running around with the masses. The group also dives into the major problem the World Endurance Championship is facing with only one manufacturer, Toyota, present in the top-tier LMP1 class.   After the fun Le Mans conversation, Rory and Peter remember their friend Davey G. Johnson. Johnson worked at Autoweek as well as other publications like Jalopnik, Car and Driver and Motorcyclist, among others. This section was recorded before today’s news that the missing journalist’s body was found.   Wrapping the show, Rory and Wesley talk with Ricardo Briceno, the global head of brand marketing for Hot Wheels. The group talks about the growing Legends Tour, the new high-tech cars rolling out under the ID banner and what cars they want to see scaled down into a Hot Wheel.
01:01:48
June 21, 2019
IndyCar at Texas, NASCAR at Michigan, F1 in Canada and a Le Mans preview
On this episode of the “Autoweek Podcast,” host Rory Carroll joins Mike Pryson, Jimmy Pelizzari and Wesley Wren to talk about the latest in motorsport. Joining the group on the phone is Matt Weaver, who was at both the IndyCar race in Texas and the NASCAR race in Michigan. After the IndyCar race’s exciting and controversial finish is discussed, the gang dives deep into the even more controversial Canadian GP. For those who didn’t watch the race, Sebastian Vettel finished first … but didn’t win. Vettel was penalized for leaving the track and returning in a way F1 officials deemed dangerous, so he received a five-second penalty, giving the win to Lewis Hamilton. Wesley, the avid Hamilton fan, supports this. The rest of the group does not. Wrapping the show, the group sheds some light on the upcoming 24 Hours of Le Mans and reminds you that you can watch the start with Autoweek at Cars in Corktown.
41:21
June 14, 2019
Graham judges at Auburn, Robin drives a Honda race car and Cadillac CT5-V is discussed
On this episode of the podcast, host Rory Carroll joins Graham Kozak, Wesley Wren and Jimmy Pelizzari in the studio to tackle the latest happenings in the car world. Kicking the show off, Graham talks about his recent trip to Auburn, Indiana for the AACA meet. He dives into the intricacies of judging cars for the club’s prestigious Zenith award. He also shows the varied nature of one of the AACA’s events. Following that, Jimmy dives into a short update on his Subaru rally machine and Wesley spreads the gospel on the Custom Car Revival. Wrapping the main portion of the podcast, the gang brings up one of the hottest button issues in performance cars: the latest V-series Cadillacs. Bringing the show to a close, Robin Warner talks about his experience in a Honda Civic Type-R TCR race car.
01:21:34
June 7, 2019
Detroit GP special: Rick Mears, Johnny O’Connell, Jordan Taylor, Graham Rahal, and more interviewed
On this star-studded episode of the “Autoweek Podcast,” host Rory Carroll is joined by the usual Autoweek co-hosts and no shortage of guests. On this episode, you’ll hear legends like Rick Mears and Johnny O’Connell talk about their history with Detroit. You’ll also hear from future legends like Jordan Taylor, Graham Rahal, Ed Jones and Jack Hawksworth, who all talk about racing, life and the upcoming Detroit Grand Prix. Aside from the interviews, Rory, Mike Pryson, Robin Warner and Wesley Wren discuss the Indianapolis 500 and the Monaco Grand Prix. With so much happening at the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, the gang could go on for days about every aspect of the 500. Sadly, Monaco wasn’t as dramatic this year. Longer than the usual weekly Autoweek Podcasts, this episode is packed with unbelievable stories from racers you’ll be able to see this weekend in Detroit. If you’re a fan of motorsport, this is the show for you! Tune in below, on iTunes, Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts.
01:25:44
May 31, 2019
Indianapolis 500 special: Mario Andretti's life, Alonso's failure and more!
On this episode of the “Autoweek Podcast,” host Rory Carroll and the usual suspects -- Jimmy Pelizzari, Mike Pryson and Wesley Wren -- talk about the upcoming Indianapolis 500. Ahead of any race talk, Autoweek’s Peter Hughes calls in to chat about his recent cover story that details the life of Mario Andretti. Mostly, Hughes talks about the stories that didn’t make the magazine and what it’s like to talk with a living legend.   Following Hughes, associate motorsports editor Matt Weaver calls in to give us a taste of what it’s like on the ground in Indianapolis. Weaver talks about the elephant in Indy: Fernando Alonso’s DNQ. Afterward, the gang all picks their winners.
56:30
May 24, 2019
Stephen Simpson interviewed, F1 Spanish GP, IMSA at Mid-Ohio and a Porsche 911 Speedster
On this episode of the “Autoweek Podcast,” host Rory Carroll joins Mike Pryson, Jimmy Pelizzari and Robin Warner to tackle the latest happenings on a race track. Producer Wesley Wren also chimes in with the new in-booth microphone to help keep the conversation flowing. Kicking things off, the team discusses the Spanish GP and its impact on the 2019 F1 season. The guys argue about Mercedes-AMG’s continued dominance and predict the rest of the F1 calendar. After the heated F1 debate, Jimmy talks about the World Rally Championship’s recent race in Chile and his own upcoming rally event in Ohio. Also, Wesley spins a yarn about his trip down to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course to check out the IMSA race. From there, JDC Miller Motorsports Cadillac Dpi driver Stephen Simpson hops into the studio to talk about his career in racing, his race at Mid-Ohio and more ahead of the upcoming Detroit race. Wrapping the show, Robin gives the details on the new Porsche 911 Speedster.
01:13:43
May 17, 2019
American Flat Track analyzed, Graham goes to a riding school and Michael Lock interviewed
On this episode of “The Autoweek Podcast,” host Rory Carroll guides the gang down the flattest motorcycle racing in the world: flat track racing. Joined on the phone by Steven Cole Smith, and in person by Jimmy Pelizzari, Wesley Wren and Graham Kozak, Carroll and crew take you into the sport’s changing scene. Smith explains pieces of his upcoming feature in Autoweek and gives listeners a good foundation of why flat track racing matters.   Later in the show, Kozak explains his time at a flat track racing school and talks about how different it was from riding motorcycles on the street.   Wrapping the show, Kozak and Wren talk with American Flat Track’s CEO Michael Lock. Lock answers questions about the sport’s changing identity and its evolution.
01:14:12
May 10, 2019
Larry Dixon sues the NHRA, F1 Azerbaijan GP and Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro
On this episode of the Autoweek Podcast, host Rory Carroll joins Mike Pryson, Jimmy Pelizzari and Robin Warner to talk about the latest news in racing. Kicking off the show, Autoweek NHRA correspondent Susan Wade calls in to dive into the recent antitrust lawsuit filed by NHRA Top Fuel past champion Larry Dixon against the NHRA. The drama started with an expired certification sticker and a suspension, but will likely end in a courtroom. Wade also talks about Tony Schumacher’s absence from the Top Fuel field. NASCAR correspondent Al Pearce also hops on the call to explain why he’s in Seattle. After the phone call, the gang jumps into the Azerbaijan GP. The race was on the not-so-interesting side -- with Mercedes taking another 1-2 finish -- but Warner defends it by laying out all of the action outside of the race. The guys also talk about Lewis Hamilton’s legacy, considering the dominance of the Mercedes-AMG program this year. Following Formula 1, the team dives into the W Series -- the all-women racing series -- that starts this weekend at the Hockenheimring. The series leads to a lively discussion of why this is a good thing for motorsports as a whole. Wrapping the show, Warner talks about his own adventure lapping the Hockenheimring in a Mercedes-AMG GT Pro.
01:02:05
May 3, 2019
'Trading Paint’ starring John Travolta review
On this episode of “The Autoweek Podcast,” host Rory Carroll, Jake Lingeman and Wesley Wren give an honest assessment of John Travolta’s latest epic: “Trading Paint.” For those unaware of this movie (Ed note: I envy you), it’s a tale of turmoil and triumph on dirt short tracks in the Southern United States. Starring Travolta, Michael Madsen and Shania Twain, the movie tries to capture the romance and heart of dirt Late Model racing. Sadly, it misses the mark and might possibly be one of the strangest films about racing. It’s almost like David Lynch inspired some of the scenes and the film’s sense of time. Though, for fans of Lynch, the movie is actually surprisingly good.   As for its accuracy? Well, the podcast has Autoweek’s short-track expert Matt Weaver chime in to give his thoughts on the movie. Weaver gives the film credit for its accuracy to the sport, but, like the rest of the team, thought it was bad as a movie.
47:30
April 26, 2019
The 1,000th Formula 1 race and the Long Beach Grand Prix
On this episode of the Autoweek Podcast, Host Rory Carroll joins Mike Pryson, Jimmy Pelizzari and Robin Warner to talk about the past week in racing. The group kicks the show off with the 1000th Formula 1 race: The Chinese GP. Rory and crew dive deeply into the race and discuss their favorite parts. The continued dominance from Mercedes-AMG is brought up, as well as the problems with Ferrari. More importantly, Autoweek’s Formula 1 correspondent, Joe Saward, calls in to talk about the 1,000th race, the current status of F1 and the history of these 1,000 races. We also learn that Saward has been to over 500 F1 races in a row. Wrapping the show, Carroll describes his weekend at the Long Beach Grand Prix, and his experience at King Taco. More importantly, the gang talks about the IMSA and Indycar races that took place at the track. Both races were scrutinized through the same lens that people judge F1 races, and were deemed less exciting than standard sports car and Indycar races.
48:26
April 19, 2019
Jeep JL Wrangler Rubicon review, a reader’s question and TROG
On this episode, host Rory Carroll joins Graham Kozak and Wesley Wren to talk about what’s going on in the world of cars. West Coast editor Mark Vaughn helps kick off the show by calling in and talking about his experience at The Race of Gentlemen event in Santa Barbara, California. This latest TROG moves the cars from the sand to the streets -- and the valves to the cylinder head. Of course, flathead-powered cars were allowed, too, but for the first time overhead valve-powered hot rods could compete.   After TROG talk, the group dives into a reader’s question about handing down a first-generation Mazda Miata with an aftermarket, bagless steering wheel to his son. The reader simply was asking if it’s a good idea to hand the Miata over with the aftermarket steering wheel or if he should slap an original wheel back in its place. If you want to know what the group thinks, listen to the show.   Wrapping the second weekly edition of the podcast, the group reviews the 2019 Jeep Wrangler JL Rubicon. Unsurprisingly, the crew loves the car. They go into detail about why it’s more livable than the outgoing platform but why it doesn’t lose its edge.
46:02
April 12, 2019
Bahrain GP, Max Chilton interviewed and NASCAR season update
On this episode of the Autoweek Podcast, host Rory Carroll joins Mike Pryson, Wesley Wren and Jimmy Pelizzari to talk about a whole lot of racing. Tackling the NASCAR front, Matt Weaver calls in to talk about the state of the series and bring anyone up to speed who hasn’t been paying the closest attention to NASCAR this year. He also talks about the upcoming race schedule change and how it will affect certain tracks and the racing package as a whole.   After Weaver leaves, Rory receives breaking news: Tyler Reddick will drive a Chevrolet Camaro at the race at Bristol Motor Speedway with an incredibly cool Dolly Parton livery. From there, the guys dissect the F1 race at Bahrain and wax poetically about Charles Leclerc’s near-victory at the race. The team notes that Ferrari’s struggles from Australia seem to be ironed out -- or at least turned into new struggles.   From there, the show moves to an interview with IndyCar driver Max Chilton, who talks about the differences between F1 and IndyCar, the Month of May from a driver’s perspective and what it’s like being teammates with Fernando Alonso for the upcoming Indianapolis 500.
52:09
April 5, 2019
2019 Australian GP, WEC and IMSA at Sebring and Audi E-Tron
On this episode of the Autoweek Podcast, host Rory Carroll joins Mike Pryson, Jimmy Pelizzari and Robin Warner to talk about the start of the Formula 1 season. The gang dives into a discussion about the dominance of Mercedes, the struggles of Renault and the flop of Ferrari. The team also champions the Red Bull switch to Honda power and talks about the regulation changes made ahead of the 2019 season.   Aside from F1, the guys dissect the World Endurance Championship and IMSA race at Sebring -- tipping their hat to drivers who finished one race, only to hop in a different car to run again the following day. Pryson gives a recap of the NHRA’s “Unfinished Business” event. Wrapping the motorsport section, Al Pearce calls in to talk about Kyle Busch’s 200th win and where that falls in the history books.   Next, Jake Lingeman and Wesley Wren join Warner and Carroll to talk about the Audi e-tron all-electric SUV. The discussion leads to a philosophical debate about the evolution of electrification and the environment.
01:28:45
March 22, 2019
Detroit Autorama LIVE, a look into Ridler judging, Joe Amato interview
On this episode of the Autoweek Podcast, host Rory Carroll is joined by Graham Kozak and Wesley Wren at the Detroit Autorama live on the show floor. Responsible for judging the multi-million dollar Ridler contenders Butch Patrico, the co-chair of the Autorama and the president of the Michigan Hot Rod Association, gives insight into judging a Ridler winning car. Patrico also talks about the Great 8 Finalists, the evolution of the Autorama and what it’s like to win the Ridler for the owner of the car. After Patrico, Mike Pryson interviews NHRA legend Joe Amato about his upcoming participation in the “unfinished business” race in Gainesville, Florida and his drag racing legacy. We learn that Amato might have stepped away from drag racing, but still has a desire for straight-line performance with his Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye -- a 797 hp powered pony car. Despite leaving the sport behind, Amato talks about keeping up with the sport and staying in touch with his racing peers. After the Amato interview, we head back to the show floor of the Detroit Autorama to talk with the focus of our “Inside the Thrash” series -- Scott Sheehan. For those unaware, Sheehan managed to slam together a 1927 Ford Model T roadster in the last minutes before the Autorama. He also gives the team a new game: Autorama Bingo.
01:20:42
March 8, 2019
Daytona 500 analysis, Autoweek Trivia game questions and a McLaren 600LT review
On this episode of the Autoweek Podcast, host Rory Carroll joins Mike Pryson and Wesley Wren to talk about the 2019 Daytona 500. Adding to the mix, NASCAR enthusiast and Autoweek motorsports reporter Matt Weaver calls in to talk about what we learned from this year’s race. The guys dive into the implications -- or lack thereof -- of the race results and throw away their tinfoil hats as conspiracy theories are debunked. Friend of the show Killer Mike’s driver’s meeting is also a point of discussion. Afterward, Graham Kozak hops on a microphone to take part in the Autoweek Podcast’s only reoccurring feature -- The Pain of the Trivia Game. Rory asks questions from the 1985 edition of Autoweek’s poorly executed trivia game. Play along and submit your results below or send them to our executive producer. Wrapping the show, Jake Lingeman talks about the 2020 McLaren 600LT Spider and avoids talking about the McLaren 720S Spider -- though he does talk about driving the coupe variant.
01:03:06
February 22, 2019
NASCAR season and Daytona 500 preview, NHRA shakeup, Grand National Roadster Show results
On this episode of the Autoweek Podcast, host Rory Carroll joins Mike Pryson, Jimmy Pelizzari and Wesley Wren to dive into the upcoming NASCAR kickoff race at Daytona. Joining the group by phone, Al Pearce chimes in with his extensive knowledge of the series as well as his predictions of the upcoming race. The gang tries to tackle the changing rules headed for the 2019 NASCAR season. Afterward, the group discusses the constantly evolving NHRA landscape ahead of its first race in Pomona, California. Living legend Tony Schumacher will be watching the racing from the sidelines as his sponsorship for his Top Fuel dragster was pulled. Courtney Force and Tanner Gray also won’t be returning to the series. From there, the Pryson finally acknowledges that Fernando Alonso is more than just a hype machine, and might be the best living racer after his performance at the Rolex 24. Moving from the motorsport section, Graham Kozak hops on a mic to talk about the recent Grand National Roadster Show, the latest America’s Most Beautiful Roadster winner and the upcoming Detroit Autorama. Baked into that, you’ll find a 2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio review.
55:33
February 8, 2019
The 2019 Detroit Auto Show, NTT sponsors IndyCar, Jimmy at Sno*Drift, BMW M2 Competition
On this episode of the Autoweek Podcast, host Rory Carroll dissects this year’s Detroit auto show with Wesley Wren, Jake Lingeman and Mike Pryson. Obviously, the group talks about the various new cars revealed during the media days of the event -- namely, the Toyota Supra, the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 and the Ram Heavy Duty pickups. The gang also talks about the future of the Detroit auto show and its upcoming move to the summer.   Before that, Mike Pryson talks with the vice president of IndyCar’s communications team, Curt Cavin, about new title sponsor NTT. The interview has Mike exploring the intent of the new sponsorship, as well as Curt’s history as a contributor for Autoweek and the Indianapolis Star.    From there, you can listen to Jake, Wesley and Mike talk to our own Jimmy Pelizzari as he gets ready for his trip to Atlanta, Michigan, to race in this year’s Sno*Drift Rally. This is the first year that Sno*Drift will be run under the American Rally Association’s banner, kicking off their season.   Wrapping the show, Jake and Rory discuss driving a BMW M2 Competition in the snow and if it’s the best way to have fun in the colder months.
01:12:38
January 25, 2019
Roar before the 24, Mecum Kissimmee and Lamborghini Huracan Evo GT3 review
On this episode of the Autoweek Podcast, host Rory Carroll is joined by Mike Pryson, Jake Lingeman and Wesley Wren to dissect the Roar Before the 24 Hours of Daytona. Calling in, because he was actually there, is Steven Cole Smith with a report on what teams look strong, the hype surrounding Fernando Alonso and what you can expect from the upcoming IMSA race.   From there, Graham Kozak hops on a microphone to talk about the Mecum Kissimmee auction with the team. The group has a conversation with Mecum’s Dave Magers to get a feel for the current state of the classic car market, the auction world and more. Magers mentions some noteworthy cars slated to sell in the final weekend of the auction and talks about other Mecum auctions aside from the big Florida sale.   After that, Graham, Rory and Wesley dive into the first of the Autoweek and eBay Motors garage videos -- “the brake job.” The team talks about how the video shoot went behind the scenes, what Wesley’s first time behind a camera was like and what you can expect from upcoming videos.   Wrapping the show, Robin Warner joins the group to talk about the Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo he recently drove. The group spins that to the Lamborghini Urus currently nestled in the Autoweek fleet.
01:03:30
January 11, 2019
Entry-level off-roading, Ralph Lauren tour, and a 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD styling review
On this episode of the Autoweek Podcast, host Rory Carroll joins Graham Kozak, Jake Lingeman and Wesley Wren to dive into Graham’s recent feature stories: revisiting Michigan’s U.P. with a pair of entry-level off-roaders and his trip to Ralph Lauren’s collection in New York. You might remember Wesley talking about the off-roading experience from his perspective from an earlier episode, but Graham adds to the story with his thoughts on the trip. As for his talk with Ralph Lauren, his tour of the collection and new found fashion tips all get their time to shine later in the episode. The gang also talk about some new metrics from the podcast -- so if you were interested in knowing how well the Autoweek Podcast does internationally, here’s where you’ll find it. Wrapping the show, Rory, Jake, Wesley and Graham all parse through the upcoming Chevrolet Silverado HD’s design. Some love it -- some hate it, and you can listen to all on the Autoweek Podcast.
01:05:24
December 28, 2018
Holiday Bonus: 'Speed Racer' (2008) review
On this special episode of the Autoweek Podcast, host Rory Carroll joins Graham Kozak, Wesley Wren and Jake Lingeman to talk about the 2008 film “Speed Racer.” Directed by the Wachowskis -- hot of their success with “The Matrix” -- the movie didn’t generate quite the box office success or critical acclaim likely expected during its release, though the gang seems to appreciate it a decade later. If you haven’t seen the movie: don’t worry -- Rory and crew tackle a comprehensive plot summary before picking apart the parts of the movie they liked best. The team also takes questions from Twitter. Is the movie good? Find out on this holiday special.
01:24:04
December 26, 2018
Fernando Alonso's Legacy, Snowball Derby, Brett Moffitt's future and a Steve Torrence interview
On this episode of the Autoweek Podcast, host Rory Carroll joins Mike Pryson, Wesley Wren and Jimmy Pelizzari on a phone call with resident NASCAR reporter Matt Weaver to talk about Brett Moffitt losing his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series seat for 2019. Weaver also guides the group through his recent trip to the Snowball Derby. After the call, Wesley swaps seats with Robin Warner, and the gang jumps into one of the most hotly debated office topics -- Fernando Alonso’s legacy. The team goes through Alonso’s career and debates the merits of the now-retired F1 driver. It’s also unearthed that Rory drove Alonso’s La Ferrari. Wrapping the show, Pryson talks with NHRA Top Fuel Dragster champion Steve Torrence. Listen below, on iTunes, Spotify or anywhere podcasts are played.
01:02:48
December 14, 2018
NASCAR Championship analyzed, WRC results, LA Auto Show highlights, Ferrari GTC4Lusso review
On this episode of the Autoweek Podcast, host Rory Carroll joins Jimmy Pelizzari, Mike Pryson and Wesley Wren to talk about the end of the NASCAR season. Adding some actual relevant information, veteran NASCAR correspondent Al Pearce calls in to explain the season’s wrap and give us the word from the team garages. Pearce talks about Logano’s season, the frustration with some fans about his victory and the history of NASCAR champs without a lot of race wins. Pearce also leads a discussion about the late NASCAR legend David Pearson. Pearce talks about the moment of the first NASCAR Hall of Fame induction, Pearson’s absence from that first class and Richard Petty’s response to Pearson’s death. After the NASCAR talk, Pelizzari leads us off-road and on to the stages of the World Rally Championship. Pelizzari wraps the 2018 season, highlighting the final race in Australia. He also discusses the shuffling happening in the offseason and gives insight as to next year’s calendar, which can be watched on WRC’s bespoke streaming service. From there, Jake Lingeman replaces Jimmy and Mike, and the conversation moves to this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show. Rory was on the ground floor at LA and gives the inside scoop of what it’s like to go through media previews at auto shows. The team also dives into this year’s reveals and how they stack up against each other. Finishing the show, Jake tells the tale of our short-lived Ferrari GTC4Lusso and its troubles. He also gives some insights about the good parts of the Ferrari -- namely how it drives.
01:28:03
November 30, 2018
Hamilton wins his fifth F1 title, California Hot Rod Reunion, Radwood and 2019 Subaru WRX STI review
On this episode of the Autoweek Podcast, host Rory Carroll talks with Mike Pryson, Jimmy Pelizzari and Wesley Wren about Lewis Hamilton’s fifth Formula One championship crown. The gang discusses the impact of Hamilton’s fifth title, as well as his position in the history of F1. They also dive into how Hamilton clinched the title, despite not having the fastest car on the field. The motorsport section also tackles Kevin Harvick’s spoiler issues and the NASCAR points possibilities. In this CarLife section, Jake Lingeman and Graham Kozak hop onto mics to tackle nostalgia through two different lenses. The first, Norman Mayersohn calls in to explain the California Hot Rod Reunion and paint the picture of the nostalgia drag racing world. Norman also talks about his history behind the wheel of race cars during the 1960s. Following that, Bradley Brownell calls in to talk about a slightly more modern event -- Radwood. Brownell is one of the founding members of the ‘80s and ‘90s themed car show, which appears to feed off of false nostalgia. As it turns out, it has to do with loving the cars. Rounding out the episode, Graham, Jake and Wesley talk about the 2019 Subaru WRX STI Series.Gray. Jake also recants his experience with the latest Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class, but strategically avoids mentioning any driving impressions. Tune in below, on iTunes or anywhere podcasts are played.
01:27:56
November 16, 2018
US Grand Prix, Dominar Polar Odyssey and a Hyundai Veloster N review
On this episode of the Autoweek Podcast, host Rory Carroll talks about his recent trip to the US Grand Prix at Austin, Texas. He and Jimmy Pelizzari go over the food, general experience and Rory’s discussions with Daniel Ricciardo and other members of the Red Bull Racing team. The gang also talks about the race, their expectations going into it and Kimi Räikkönen’s upset win over the dominant Lewis Hamilton. After the Formula 1 chitchat, Jimmy tells us about his trip to the Lake Superior Performance Rally, where his Subaru got a stage win. He also talks about his end-of-season results. Jimmy riffs briefly about the history of LSPR before guiding you through his trip behind the wheel of his Subaru rally machine. Following that, Jake Lingeman and Wesley Wren interview Deepak Kamath, Deepak Gupta and Avinash PS of the Dominar Polar Odyssey excursion. For those unaware, these three are riding motorcycles from, essentially, the North Pole to the South Pole. Wesley and Jake ask them about the start of their journey and what they expect to see during their adventure. Rounding out the episode, Rory left the keys to the studio on his desk during his trip to this year’s SEMA Show, and Wesley, Jake and Graham Kozak snuck in to talk about Graham’s Packard and Jake’s latest drive of the Hyundai Veloster N at Thunderhill Raceway Park.
01:29:53
November 2, 2018
Autoweek Spooktacular 2: Duel (1971) review, Christine review, Car horror stories
On this episode of the Autoweek Podcast, host Rory Carroll is joined by Natalie Neff, Graham Kozak and Wesley Wren to reboot the popular “Spooktacular” episode. In the second “Spooktacular,” the gang reviews the 1971 Steven Spielberg classic “Duel” and John Carpenter’s 1983 adaptation of Stephen King’s “Christine.” Starting with “Duel,” Graham guides listeners through a review that covers the entire film and talks about why it works as a scary car-related movie. At the end of the review, the group rates the film on a Spookometer and then on its watchability. Our “Christine” review follows a similar path, with Natalie leading the discussion and Wesley chiming in with inane facts from the book. Later in the episode, the crew talks about the scariest moments they’ve had in a car -- continuing the theme from the first “Spooktacular”: Cars aren’t scary. Wesley almost falls out of his 1954 Ford and Graham’s 1951 Packard might be possessed (undermining his criticism of “Christine”). However, when it comes to Natalie’s story, something genuinely scary happens.
01:08:59
October 19, 2018
Lamborghini Aventador SVJ review, Rennsport Reunion VI, Russian GP and Cadillac returns to Michigan
On this episode of the Autoweek Podcast, host Rory Carroll joins Mike Pryson, Jimmy Pelizzari and Robin Warner to talk about the Formula 1 race in Sochi, Russia -- the Russian Grand Prix. The group talks about the team orders that put Lewis Hamilton in place to win the race and the fallout afterward. The group also talks about the growing problem of junior drivers in the series. Before that, Matt Weaver calls in to discuss the current state of NASCAR, the effect of the Roval and Tanner Gray’s jump from the NHRA to NASCAR. Weaver also has to fend off a dog during his call. After the motorsports section, two-time NHRA U.S. Nationals winner J.R. Todd calls in to talk with Pryson and resident Hoosier Wesley Wren about his life, his transition from a Top Fuel dragster into a Top Fuel Funny Car and his recent trip to Kyle Larson’s wedding. Todd also talks about the Tanner Gray jump from drag racing to circuit racing, but notes all of his friends from the NHRA will support Gray after the transition. After the interview, Graham Kozak and Jake Lingeman hop on mics to navigate Cadillac’s return southeast Michigan, the problems the company faces currently and Cadillac’s recent history. The group also talks about the wildly popular concept cars that never went into production. Before that, Rory talks about his experience at Rennsport VI. Wrapping the show, Lingeman and Warner lead discussions about the Mercedes-AMG GT63 four-door coupe and the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ.
01:48:22
October 5, 2018
Empire Hill Climb, Bentley Bentayga review, Porsche 911 GT3, IndyCar Championship
On this episode of the Autoweek Podcast, host Rory Carroll talks with Mike Pryson, Jimmy Pelizzari and Wesley Wren about Scott Dixon clinching the IndyCar championship. Giving further insight, Bruce Martin calls in to talk about his thoughts on Dixon winning the championship, the race at Sonoma and analyzes the picks from earlier in the year. After Bruce hangs up, Jimmy, Wesley, Mike and Rory talk about Formula 1 at Singapore, Kimi Raikkonen’s switch to Sauber and Lewis Hamilton’s continued domination. After the motorsports section, the group is joined by Jake Lingeman to talk about the 2018 Empire Hill Climb. Jimmy talks about his experience racing up the hill in a Mazda MX-5 cup car, and how he managed to spin out. The gang also talks about Peter Cunningham’s dominant, record-setting lap in his Acura TLX-GT Pikes Peak racer. Wrapping the show, Jake talks about road tripping in a Bentley Bentayaga and Rory reviews the Porsche 911 GT3.
01:08:46
September 21, 2018
Porsche 911 Carrera T review, Monterey Car week, NASCAR at Darlington, F1 at Monza
On this episode of the Autoweek Podcast, host Rory Carroll joins Mike Pryson, Wesley Wren and Jimmy Pelizzari to talk about the recent happenings in Formula 1, IndyCar, NASCAR and the NHRA. Calling in, Al Pearce guides Rory and crew through the Bojangles Southern 500 at Darlington, its implications for the playoffs and how the NASCAR season could play out over the rest of the year. Al also talks about how he broke his arm. After Al hangs up, Mike and Wesley dive into the NHRA U.S Nationals at Indianapolis, and Jimmy talks about the F1 race at Monza. After the motorsports section, Graham Kozak and Jake Lingeman replace Mike and Jimmy to talk more about the rest of the car world. Graham and Rory talk about their time at Monterey Car Week, Pebble Beach and the Quail. The group also talks about the LeMons gathering held in conjunction with Pebble Beach. Later, Wesley rambles almost incoherently about tools while talking about Craftsman’s relaunch under the Stanley Black and Decker banner. Wrapping the show, Jake dissects the Porsche 911 Carrera T, the Aston Martin DB11 and the Aston Martin Vantage.
01:39:27
September 7, 2018
Max Chilton interview, 2018 Woodward Dream Cruise and an Indycar update
On this episode of the Autoweek Podcast, host Rory Carroll talks with Mike Pryson, Wesley Wren and Jimmy Pelizzari about the latest news in racing. Bruce Martin calls in to update the crew on IndyCar -- namely, the looming Fernando Alonso decision and Robert Wickens’ crash at Pocono. Martin also brings the group up to speed with the current state of IndyCar.   After Martin’s portion of the show, the group dissects Toyota’s recent loss at the hands of the scrutineers and the pitfalls of MSG before shifting to an interview with Max Chilton.   In our session with Max Chilton, led by Robin Warner, the driver talks about his family of racers, his place in IndyCar and the differences between British and American culture.   After the interview, Wesley recounts his recent off-roading adventure in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. You’ll hear about clearing trails with a Mahindra Roxor’s winch and about getting stuck in a mud bog.   Wrapping the show, Rory, Jimmy and Wesley talk about the 2018 Woodward Dream Cruise.
01:30:03
August 24, 2018
Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye review, Bob Tasca III interviewed and an NHRA update
On this episode of the Autoweek Podcast, host Rory Carroll joins Mike Pryson, Wesley Wren and Jimmy Pellizzari to talk about Daniel Ricciardo’s shift to Renault. The gang also are joined by Autoweek’s NHRA analyst Susan Wade for a report on the NHRA event in Seattle, as well as a general update about the status of professional drag racing. Susan talks about two big controversies that happened during Seattle’s NHRA event. Later in the episode, Robin Warner interviews NHRA top fuel funny car driver Bob Tasca III. Tasca talks about the future of electrification in drag racing, the future of the car industry and how he recovered his first car on craigslist. From there, Graham Kozak joins the fray and Jimmy talks about his experience racing in Michigan’s Summer Sno*Drift rally, placing third in class. Jimmy, for those that forget, races in Rally America with a modified 2.5 RS Subaru. Graham wraps the show leading a discussion about his recent drive with a Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye and Challenger Scat Pack Widebody.
01:37:09
August 11, 2018
Ford Mustang RTR drive review, NASCAR's status update and an interview with Robb Holland
On this episode of the Autoweek Podcast, host Rory Carroll is joined by Mike Pryson, Jimmy Pelizzari, Wesley Wren and our resident NASCAR expert Matt Weaver to dive into the status of the sport. After a deep analysis of NASCAR, its tracks and possible changes to the future of the sport, the group dissects the British GP and the German GP -- namely, Vettel’s near-win in Germany and how team orders affected the race. After the motorsports section, Robin Warner and Wesley have a phone conversation with journalist and race car driver Robb Holland about his life, his house near the Nurburgring and his new television show, “Faster.” Following the interview, Jake Lingeman and Graham Kozak replace Jimmy and Mike at the table to have another Project Car Update segment. Graham shares some sad news about his Packard. Thankfully, everyone else’s project car news is about what you’d expect. The project car talk transitions smoothly into a discussion about the Ford Mustang RTR Spec 3 -- Vaughn Gittin Jr.’s special edition of Ford’s popular pony car.
01:46:25
July 27, 2018
60th Anniversary special: Trivia games, retrospectives, racing cover and more
On this episode of the Autoweek Podcast, host Rory Carroll guides Natalie Neff, Mike Pryson and Graham Kozak through the 60th Anniversary issue of Autoweek. Al Pearce calls in to explain how covering racing has changed in over the last 60 years. The team crack open the Autoweek trivia game and talk about the first car to win the F1 constructors' championship -- the Vanwall. The hosts also try to dissect the future of Autoweek, the car industry and the car hobby -- without an orb or crystal ball.
01:07:13
July 13, 2018
2018 24 Hours of Le Mans, Ferrari 488 Pista review, Mazda Team Joest interview
On this episode of the Autoweek Podcast, host Rory Carroll talks with Jimmy Pelizzari, Robin Warner and Mike Pryson about his trip to this year’s Le Mans. Robin, who was also at Le Mans, compares his experience from the Toyota pits with Rory’s time with Porsche. The guys talk about the race’s highlights, including Fernando Alonso’s overall victory in his Toyota in the LMP1 class.   After the Le Mans discussion, the episode moves to a prerecorded interview with the Team Joest Mazda DPi IMSA endeavor. While this was recorded before the Detroit Grand Prix, the team talks about the pressure to compete at the top level and the struggles it’s overcoming as the season progresses.   Wrapping the show, Graham Kozak talks about his tip to Gridlife in South Haven, Michigan. Stepping away from his classic car realm, Graham enjoyed his experience at the Gridlife festival but would still rather go to a Packard club meet. Also, Robin talks about the Ferrari 488 Pista and the Jaguar XE SV Project 8.
01:35:17
June 29, 2018
Vaughn Gittin Jr. talks about drifting Ford Raptors, Detroit GP protests
On this episode of the Autoweek Podcast, host Rory Carroll, Wesley Wren, Jimmy Pelizzari and Jake Lingeman tear into the battle against the Detroit Grand Prix. The group discusses the reasons behind the race’s protests and talk about how it didn’t seem to affect the race. The guys also talk about Mark Reuss’s unfortunate spin at the race, which captured everyone’s attention.   After the Detroit GP wrap-up, Jimmy talks about the Olympus Rally -- a stage rally that’s part of the American Rally Association, or ARA. Jimmy talks about attending a rally as a spectator instead of his usual role of competitor, as well as Autoweek’s affiliation with ARA.   Following rally talk, guest Vaughn Gittin Jr. climbs out of his Ford Mustang drift machine and into the Autoweek Podcast studio to talk about his own line of RTR Mustangs and Ford F-150 pickups. He also tells the story of how he got into drifting and what it was like to drift a Ford F-150 Raptor around the Nurburgring.   After the interview, Jake leads a discussion about the Subaru BRZ tS.
01:28:11
June 15, 2018
2018 Detroit Grand Prix Special Interviews, Indy 500 and Monaco Grand Prix recap
On this special episode of the Autoweek Podcast, Robin Warner, Mike Pryson and Wesley Wren join host Rory Carroll to tackle the Indianapolis 500, the Monaco Grand Prix and the Coca-Cola 600. Rory also introduces a series of interviews held ahead of the Detroit Grand Prix that should give some insight into what the teams and the fans should expect during the races on Belle Isle. After the short motorsports section and brief introduction, Mike, Robin and Wesley interview Ed Carpenter Racing’s Jordan King. Jordan handles the road racing duties for Ed Carpenter and hails from across the pond. Jordan talks about his experiences in the U.S. since he came to IndyCar, the cultural differences between Brits and Americans and his opinion on iced tea. Following that, Mike and Robin talk to Tristan Vautier and Matt McMurry about the No. 90 Spirit of the Daytona Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R car. While both young, the drivers have racked up tons of experience so far in their respective careers. McMurry, 20, is even the youngest person to finish the 24 Hours of Le Mans -- he did that at only 16 years old. For the final interview, Mike talks to IMSA president Scott Atherton. Atherton discusses the state of IMSA, its growth and the current array of cars. Mike also tries to peek into the IMSA’s future at the Detroit Grand Prix.
01:20:46
June 1, 2018
Jordan Taylor interview, Jimmy goes rally racing, Spanish GP and a Bentley Continental car review
On this episode of the Autoweek Podcast, host Rory Carroll guides Mike Pryson and Wesley Wren through the terrible Formula 1 race in Spain and Ford’s recent dominance in NASCAR. Before dissecting why the Spanish GP was bad, the team is joined by Jimmy Pelizzari by telephone to talk about his reconnaissance laps of the Southern Ohio Forest Rally. When Jimmy isn’t talking about F1 on the podcast, or doing his actual job at Autoweek, he races a Subaru 2.5RS in various stage rallies around the Midwest. Jimmy gives a firsthand account of the stages of the Southern Ohio event, as well as insight into what it’s like to go rally racing. Afterward, Robin Warner, Mike and Jimmy interview Wayne Taylor Racing’s Jordan Taylor. Jordan talks about his life of racing and watching his brother leave his team, and tells some stories about his early racing career. Jordan also talks about how demanding the different races of the year can be, with their vastly different race lengths. Following the interview, Graham Kozak leads a discussion about the 2019 Bentley Continental GT with Robin, Jake Lingeman and Wesley. The crew dives deep into the Bentley’s new bones and talk about what makes it special. They also pit it against other notable grand tourers in a hypothetical purchasing situation. Closing the show, they talk about the Bentley’s insane rotating infotainment screen.
01:23:39
May 18, 2018
Tony Kanaan interview, F1 in Azerbaijan, NASCAR at Talladega and a Porsche 911 GT3 RS car review
On this episode of the Autoweek Podcast, host Rory Carroll is joined by guest Tony Kanaan to talk about Kanaan’s Indianapolis 500 win, his new line of wheels and his car collection. Before the interview, motorsports editor Mike Pryson, Jimmy Pelizzari and Robin Warner talk about the Formula 1 race in Baku and the NASCAR race in Talladega. The gang analyzes Lewis Hamilton’s victory, the Red Bull team’s crash and Valtteri Bottas’ tire puncture. After the motorsports section and the Kanaan interview, Graham Kozak and Jake Lingeman hop on mics to update the Autoweek Garage Beer Tournament and talk about the recent outing to Grattan Raceway. The team dives into what happened during their track day and how the Mustang handled the stress. Closing the show, Robin reviews the Porsche 911 GT3 RS, and Jake finally gives his driving impressions from his Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 drive.
01:32:50
May 4, 2018
Bahrain GP, Chinese GP, 2019 Corvette ZR1 Garage Beer Tournament and Met Pit Stop
On this episode of that Autoweek Podcast, host Rory Carroll dives into the Bahrain Grand Prix and the Chinese Grand Prix with Jimmy Pelizzari, Wesley Wren and Graham Kozak. The guys look at the Bahrain Grand Prix briefly and analyze the close racing as well as Kimi Raikkonen’s crew member’s mishap. It’s a similar story for the Chinese GP, except of course no crew members were injured. Later, Rory talks about his recent trip to the Long Beach Bubba burger Sports Car Grand Prix in Long Beach, California, and the following IndyCar race. Graham talks about his recent trip to the Metropolitan Pit Stop where he saw some ultra-rare Metropolitans, camped in an Airstream trailer and lived with SoCal traffic. Also, Rory leads a discussion about the Porsche 919 Evo and introduces the Autoweek Garage Beer Tournament. As for drives, Jake walks around his recent jaunt in the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 at Road Atlanta. Because his driving impressions are embargoed, the group squeezes as much information out about the car that they can. The team also celebrates one year of podcasting.
01:01:16
April 20, 2018
ESPN almost ruins the Australian GP, project car updates, 2018 Ford Mustang introduction
On this episode of the Autoweek Podcast, host Rory Carroll talks about the Australian GP with Robin Warner, Jake Lingeman and Jimmy Pelizzari. The gang dives into ESPN’s bumbling of the race’s broadcast, its half-hearted attempt at a Twitter avatar and how Lewis Hamilton lost. Afterward, the guys talk about the start of the IndyCar season and how it might be more exciting to watch than F1. After the motorsports section, Wesley Wren joins the discussion about everyone’s project cars. Rory gives an update on his Porsche 911, Jake gets his Mustang ready for track use, Wesley explains the problems of storing cars in a damp garage (and the demise of his favorite clutch shop) and Jimmy talks about his Datsun 260Z. After bemoaning their project cars, the group introduces the new Autoweek long-term 2018 Ford Mustang and review the super-short-term loan of a McLaren 720S. Jake guides us through the Mustang’s options and then everyone talks about their favorite parts of the McLaren.
01:15:29
April 6, 2018
12 Hours of Sebring, Detroit Autorama car show review, Amelia Island and 2019 Ram 1500
On this episode of The Autoweek Podcast, host Rory Carroll talks with Steven Cole Smith about the 2018 12 Hours of Sebring, the Ferrari flip, Mazda’s future in IMSA and what teams are looking good early in the year. Afterwards, Robin Warner and Wesley Wren talk with Rory about Formula 1’s Barcelona testing sessions and what we can expect at from the F1’s first race of the season. After the motorsports section, Graham Kozak and Jake Lingeman join the table to talk about the 2018 Detroit Autorama, the 2018 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance and the Golden Sahara’s unearthing. Wrapping the show, the gang talks about the 2019 Ram 1500 and explains a new tool giveaway.
01:18:21
March 23, 2018
IMSA racer Christina Nielsen, Lincoln Navigator SUV review and Infiniti Q60 car review
On this episode of the Autoweek Podcast, host Rory Carroll is joined in studio by IMSA racer and Wright Motorsports driver Christina Nielsen to talk about her switch to Porsche, the best airports in the country, being a woman in racing and her feelings about becoming immortalized by Lego. Also joining in on the interview are Graham Kozak, Mike Pryson and Natalie Neff. After the interview, Wesley Wren joins the group to talk about the 2018 Lincoln Navigator and the 2018 Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 AWD. The group talks about the buzz around the Navigator, its incredible size and how it stacks up against the uber-luxe SUV competition. During the Infiniti chat, the crew brings up Infiniti’s inspiration for the car (BMW’s Hofmeister kink), its engine and the problems with steer-by-wire.
01:05:08
March 9, 2018
Historic stories from 50 years at the Daytona 500, Mini Ductor review and everyone's favorite tool
On this episode of the Autoweek Podcast, host Rory Carroll is joined by Mike Pryson, Graham Kozak and Jake Lingeman to talk about the Daytona 500 with NASCAR legend Al Pearce. Pearce has been to 50 Daytona 500s, 46 of which were reported to Autoweek magazine. Over his time, Pearce has gone from asking Richard Petty why he climbed through the door of his Plymouth to insider deep dives into the personalities of the sport. During the interview, Pearce talks about his first Daytona 500, how he got there, and how it changed his life. He adds to the Daytona stories with other hilarious stories of NASCAR legends that show how much drivers have changed in the past 50 years. After the Daytona discussion, Wesley Wren joins the group to tease the upcoming DIY issue with a talk about tools. Before talking about tools, the hosts give a shoutout to a listener. Afterward, the gang reviews the long-awaited Mini Ductor 2, talks about why expensive tools make sense and talk about their favorite tools for their past.
01:16:37
February 23, 2018
Dan Gurney's life is celebrated, Rolex 24 discussion and Subaru WRX STI Type RA review
On this special episode of the Autoweek Podcast, host Rory Carroll talks with Mark Vaughn, Robin Warner and Mike Pryson about the late Dan Gurney. The show starts with Mark detailing Gurney’s early life in New York, his move to California and his inclusion in the Southern Californian hot rod scene of the late 1940s. From there, Mark takes us through his racing career, eventually reaching a seminal time in 1967 where Gurney cemented his legacy as one of the top drivers to ever climb behind the wheel of a race car. In the span of a few months, Gurney raced at the Indianapolis 500, Le Mans, the Belgian Grand Prix, the Green Valley 300 Trans-Am race and the Monaco Grand Prix. All the while traveling to back and forth to Weslake to check on his new V12 engine’s development. Of course, that was also the year that, during his Le Mans celebration, Gurney sprayed his victory champagne on the crowd -- changing racing celebrations forever. After Gurney, Wesley Wren hops on mic and Rory talks about his first time at the Rolex 24 at Daytona. The team also teases the race’s upcoming feature in Autoweek Magazine. The Daytona race leads to a small teaser about an upcoming Podcast discussion about the end of Grid Girls in Formula 1. Closing the show, Wesley talks about test driving the Subaru WRX STI Type RA and the Subaru BRZ tS.
01:30:08
February 9, 2018
2018 Detroit auto show hits, Danica Patrick's race at Daytona and a 2018 Kia Stinger review
On this episode of the Autoweek Podcast, host Rory Carroll joins Mike Pryson, Robin Warner and Graham Kozak to talk about the upcoming racing season. The group talks about Danica Patrick’s Daytona 500 return and what it means to racing as a whole. They also talk about the other race in Daytona -- the Rolex 24. They speculate about the expected heavy hitters and discuss Jackie Chan’s DC Racing team’s inclusion of the race. A quick look at Dan Gurney’s life is also mentioned, but expect a more substantial Gurney episode in the future. After Pryson leaves, Wesley Wren hops on mic to talk about the hits from this year’s North American International Auto Show. The guys highlight Hyundai’s Veloster N before getting derailed by a cultural analysis of 1968’s “Bullitt.” After the team reach a conclusion about “Bullitt,” they dive back into the auto show. Trucks like the new Ram 1500 and the Ford Ranger were the talk of the show floor in Detroit, alongside the new G-Class. After the auto show, the team review the Kia Stinger.
53:01
January 26, 2018
Graham buys a 1948 Packard at Mecum, 2018 Dakar Rally and Robin reviews a Mercedes-AMG GT4
On this episode of the Autoweek Podcast, host Rory Carroll talks with Jimmy, Graham and Robin about the 2018 Dakar Rally and news from the Roar Before the 24 in Daytona. The gang discusses the history of the Dakar Rally and mentions that rally legend Sébastien Loeb still races this race. It should be noted this was recorded before Loeb crashed during the race. After Jimmy leaves, Wesley joins the discussion to talk about Graham’s latest financial burden -- a 1948 Packard. Graham bought the Packard during his trip to the Mecum auction in Kissimmee, Florida. Rounding out the show, Robin talks about his time in the Mercedes-AMG GT4 race car. Make sure to subscribe and let us know what you think!
01:12:46
January 12, 2018
The Holiday special featuring Willy T. Ribbs: Listen to one of racing's living legends
On this episode of the Autoweek Podcast, Host Rory Carroll is alone in the studio to introduce a special treat -- an interview with Willy T. Ribbs. The accomplished racing driver talks about his life on and off the track. Tibbs spent time in various racing series, such as Trans Am, NASCAR, IndyCar to name a few. This interview was recorded during the early stages of Autoweek’s podcast, so ignore the format and interview recording quality and enjoy the life of one of racing’s underappreciated legends.
20:06
December 24, 2017
The Autoweek Awards explained, our 5 favorite cars from 2017 and the best cars we drove
In episode 17 of the Autoweek Podcast, Mike Pryson, Matt Weaver and Graham Kozak join host Rory Carroll to discuss the Autoweek Awards. The guys talk about the whys and wherefores behind all the awards coming to the next issue of Autoweek magazine. After the awards section, Executive Editor Natalie Neff and Wesley Wren join in to talk about what cars the staff would pick … if we did a Car of the Year. While Autoweek doesn’t do a traditional end-of-year award for a car, the group talks about the five cars the staff liked most in 2017.
01:12:38
December 15, 2017
Rory tells his Porsche 911 history, Thanksgiving preview and a Mercedes-AMG GT R car review,
On this episode of the Autoweek Podcast, host Rory Carroll leads a discussion with Graham Kozak, Jimmy Pelizzari and Wesley Wren about their various project cars languishing around the Midwest. Rory dives into the history of his Porsche 911 and its current state of disrepair. Jimmy talks about his 1974 Datsun 260Z, 1988 Mazda 323 GTX rally car and 2000 Subaru Impreza 2.5RS. Wesley tells us about his fleet of seemingly absent cars: a 1954 Ford Crestline Victoria, 1959 Ford Fairlane 500 Galaxie and (partially) a 1930 Ford Model A. Graham talks about his 1951 Packard and his plans to restore a Nash Metropolitan before his fall 2018 wedding. Closing the show, the crew talks about the Mercedes-AMG GT R.
01:09:48
December 1, 2017
2017 racing season review, Dodge Viper sendoff, Corvette ZR1 and a Genesis G90 drive review
In this episode of the Autoweek Podcast, host Rory Carroll, Mike Pryson, Graham Kozak and Jake Lingeman talk about the end of the racing season, NASCAR’s playoff season and Formula 1. The group also talks about the big names that won’t return to the track next year -- namely Dale Earnhardt Jr. After the motorsports section, the gang talks about the recent dune buggy ban in Texas and the Koenigsegg Agera RS top speed run. The legacy of the Dodge Viper is also discussed, along with notes about Graham’s drive to Tennessee in a Viper ACR and J.P. Vettraino’s visit to the Viper assembly plant. Keeping the high-horsepower talk alive, the group describes the latest Corvette ZR1, the future of Corvette and what records it will break. The crew reviews our year with a Genesis G90 and a few months with a Mercedes-Benz E400 wagon.
01:20:14
November 17, 2017
'DIRT,' 'Forza 7' and 'Gran Turismo Sport' video game reviews and the U.S. Grand Prix
On this episode of the Autoweek Podcast, the motorsports section features host Rory Carroll talking about the events of the U.S. Grand Prix with Wesley Wren and Robin Warner. Later, Jake Lingeman, Graham Kozak and special guest Trevor Strunk of the “No Cartridge Audio” podcast join Rory and Robin to talk about video games. The hosts run discuss how racing games like Gran Turismo and Forza affect car culture. The hosts also dive into the strange world of uber-specialized simulators. Instead of a traditional drive review, Jake and Trevor review the latest racing games to hit the market.
01:27:20
November 3, 2017
The Halloween Spooktacular: Gravity hills, LeMons racing and a Mercedes-AMG G63 car review
On the special Spooktacular episode of the Autoweek Podcast, Master of Scaremonies Gory Scarroll (Rory Carroll) talks with Snake Lingeman (Jake Lingeman), Wooohhhh-esley Wren (Wesley Wren) and Graham Stoker (Graham Kozak) about The 24 hours of LeMons at GingerMan Raceway. Then, Graham leads a discussion about “Christine,” “Rubber” and “Maximum Overdrive” to argue that car movies where cars are the villain aren’t scary before exploring the various paranormal places that popped up after the rise of the automobile -- haunted bridges, highways and gravity hills. Finally, the group discusses the most haunted car currently in the Autoweek fleet -- a pumpkin orange Mercedes-AMG G63. The vaunted G-Wagen is a 5.5-liter turbocharged V8 ultra-luxe SUV that is polarizing enough to split the staff down the middle.
50:22
October 19, 2017
2017 Shelby GT350 Mustang car review, Tesla misses the Model 3 mark and is Lewis Hamilton good?
On this episode of the Autoweek Podcast, in the motorsport section, host Rory Carroll comes to terms with liking Lewis Hamilton, Mike Pryson talks about his favorite racetrack food and the group discusses what could save the U.S. Grand Prix. Later in the show, Wesley Wren joins the conversation to talk about Tesla missing the mark on Model 3 production, why they hate key fobs, the death of the aux port and the return of vacuum tube radios. Also, they review a Ford Mustang Shelby GT350, the Chevrolet Camaro 1SS 1LE and, briefly, the Acura NSX.
01:14:37
October 6, 2017
Newgarden is IndyCar Champ, Frankfurt motor show and Audi RS3 and TTRS car reviews
On this episode of the Autoweek Podcast, host Rory Carroll is joined by Mike Pryson, Jake Lingeman, Graham Kozak and Wesley Wren to talk about Josef Newgarden's recent IndyCar championship crown, the Formula 1 debacle at Singapore and the Frankfurt motor show. The team also talks about Audi's latest RS models -- the RS3 and the TTRS.
01:02:49
September 22, 2017
Guest Roger Donaldson talks Bruce McLaren, Golf R and Ford Focus RS shoot out
On this episode of the Autoweek Podcast, host Rory Carroll is joined by Jake Lingeman, Wesley Wren, Mike Pryson and Jimmy Pelizzari to talk about the latest McLaren-Honda news, the fate of the WEC and other racing news from around the world. Later in the episode, the group talks about the changes to the print version of Autoweek, how Autoweek owned a Shelby GT350 and compare the Volkswagen Golf R, Subaru WRX STI and the Ford Focus RS. In the middle of the episode, Robin Warner interviews the guest Roger Donaldson about his latest documentary, "McLaren" -- the story of Bruce McLaren.
01:27:27
September 8, 2017
IndyCar driver Oriol Servia joins the show, Bonneville Speed Week and a Ford Raptor truck review
Host Rory Carroll talks with Autoweek's Wes Raynal, Graham Kozak and Robin Warner about the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance and the problems with Concours today. The group also talks about driving a Ford Raptor and a Subaru WRX. Wesley Wren talks about his trip to the S.C.T.A.'s Speed Week at the Bonneville Salt Flats, and Robin interviews the guest, Oriol Servia.
01:28:18
August 25, 2017
IndyCar boss Jay Frye talks aerodynamics and how everyone got interested in cars
In this episode of the podcast, host Rory Carroll joins Graham Kozak, Robin Warner, Jake Lingeman and Wesley Wren to talk about how they got interested in cars. The group also talks about what is in the latest issue of Autoweek Magazine. In the middle of the episode, Robin talks with IndyCar boss Jay Frye about IndyCar's new aero package.
01:47:41
August 11, 2017
Dodge SRT's Chris Cowland talks Challenger SRT Demon, Brickyard 400 Bentley Supersports car review
In this episode of the Autoweek Podcast, host Rory Carroll joins Graham Kozak, Wesley Wren, Robin Warner and Mike Pryson to talk about the new golden age of horsepower. The group also talks about the attendance problems at the Brickyard 400, adventures in Florida with the Bentley Continental Supersports and the Dodge Durango SRT. Also in this episode, Robin interviews the head of Dodge SRT's powertrain development about the heart of the Challenger SRT Demon.
01:15:48
July 28, 2017
Jaguar designer Ian Callum talks art, 30 and under issue explained
On this episode of the Autoweek Podcast, host Rory Carroll dives into the annual Autoweek 30 & Under issue with age-appropriate editors Graham Kozak and Wesley Wren. Autoweek editor Wes Raynal talks with ace Jaguar designer Ian Callum about life as a Jaguar designer and what influences his pen. The group also talks about what they’ve driven recently.
01:02:31
July 14, 2017
Guest Tony Kanaan talks Le Mans, 'Monster Trucks' mega-movie review
In this episode of the Autoweek Podcast, host Rory Carroll talks with Robin Warner and Mike Pryson about the 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans. Guest Tony Kanaan speaks with Robin about his experience running the legendary race. After the interview, Graham Kozak and Wesley Wren join the show to analyze the movie "Monster Trucks."
01:41:13
July 7, 2017
Guests Takuma Sato, Marco Andretti, Tony Kanaan and Will Power talk about racing
In this episode of the Autoweek Podcast, host Rory Carroll talks to Steven Cole Smith about Don Panoz's return to Le Mans. Also in this episode, Robin Warner talks to Marco Andretti, Tony Kanaan, Will Power and Indy 500 champ Takuma Sato about racing. The hosts also dive into the cars in the Autoweek fleet.
01:36:01
June 16, 2017
Guest Spencer Pigot talks about IndyCar, Monaco GP, Indianapolis 500
In this episode of the Autoweek podcast, Host Rory Carroll talks about the greatest weekend in racing with Mike Pryson and Robin Warner. There is also an interview with Indycar driver Spencer Pigot.
01:14:10
June 6, 2017
The Autoweek Podcast ep. 2.5 with the Porsche 911 GT3 and the McLaren 720S
Building on the last episode, our host Rory Carroll talks with Autoweek road test editor Jake Lingeman and associate editor Graham Kozak about the Porsche 911 GT3 and the McLaren 720S.
37:24
May 23, 2017
Guest David Tracy talks about 1948 Jeep and a McLaren 720S supercar review
Jalopnik's David Tracy joins the Autoweek editors to talk about his trip from Detroit to Moab, Utah, in his 1948 Willys CJ-2A. The hosts also talk about the latest racing news and the McLaren 720S.
01:03:37
May 5, 2017
Autoweek's first podcast, Guest Shirley Muldowney talks drag racing, New York auto show's hits
In the Autoweek Podcast's first episode we interview drag racing legend Shirley Muldowney, we talk Alonso at Indy and the news from the New York auto show.
01:02:33
April 21, 2017