Archives for Autosport Radio PR guests for April 5, 2016 are: C.J. O’Donnell, Kristian Aleixo and Mark Jaynes

The 2016 Show presented by Honda HPD will stream live on Tuesday April 5th, live from McGilvery’s Speedway.. 3009 North High School Road, beginning at 7PM ET.

The program can be seen/heard by logging onto and the program streamed live on YouTube will be on the home page.

When the program concludes you will find the archive available on Don Kay’s YouTube channel. 

Scheduled Guests are:

C.J. O’Donnell

C.J. was named as chief marketing officer for Hulman Motorsports in November 2013. He leads the combined team of INDYCAR and Indianapolis Motor Speedway marketing, communications and social media.

C.J.joined Hulman Motorsports after serving for 20 years in a variety of marketing and management positions at Ford Motor Company. His latest role at Ford was Group Electrification Marketing manager, which he assumed in 2012. Ford launched several hybrid vehicles and enjoyed a record year for hybrid and electric vehicle sales with O’Donnell’s oversight of day-to-day marketing activities.

Before that role, O’Donnell worked in several sales, marketing and product development positions with Ford, Mazda, Lincoln and Mercury. He served as executive vice president of marketing and sales for Jaguar North America, global marketing director for Jaguar Cars Ltd. in Great Britain and group marketing manager for Lincoln. O’Donnell also was a key member of a small team that orchestrated the turnaround of the Mazda brand.

C.J., a native of West Hazleton, Pa, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics from Villanova University and has a Masters of Business Administration degree in marketing from Columbia Business School. He is an avid runner and accomplished open-wheel and sports car racer in Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) events.

C.J.and his wife, Mary, have three children.

Kristian Aleixo

It’s no secret that the Pacific Northwest isn’t exactly a breeding ground for the professional American open wheel racer. You’re more likely to come across an apple farm than the next Juan Pablo Montoya. Enter Kristian Aleixo, a quick handed wheelman out of Tacoma,WA looking to bring the Evergreen state from the farthest upper left corner to the center of the racing map. Currently residing in Speedway, IN and on the verge of making his 500 weekend debut at Lucas Oil Raceway in a USF2000 car leased by John Cummiskey Racing, Aleixo is poised to do just that.

Just a few years after receiving his first competition license with the SCCA (Sports Car Club of America), Aleixo was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes while serving a tour in Iraq as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army’s Logistics Corp. Always the optimist, Kristian actually credits the disease as his biggest motivator to retire from military service and pursue his boyhood dream of eventually competing part-time (ovals only) in the Verizon IndyCar Series. Although the two career paths share little in common, Aleixo hoped the same mission oriented mindset of the former will translate into stellar on-track performance with the present.

His driving career began in 2005 with Gymkhana events (single car time attacks) and has since spanned stints in Touring Cars, Off-Road buggies, Modifieds, Street Stocks and most recently Winged Asphalt Midgets. With a unique marketability, the sports car enthusiast turned oval convert had even garnered attention as a prospect from some of NASCAR’s top development teams, even partnering with 2003 Whelen Modified Tour Champions, Mike Smeriglio Racing in 2010, he just didn’t have the funding to do it.

Without a name like Andretti or Unser in his family tree, the road to the top of professional racing is an ongoing uphill climb indeed, demanding the toughest of drivers — but there isn’t much tougher than a U.S. soldier and Kristian Aleixo is no exception.

Mark Jaynes

The host of the IMS Radio Network broadcasts of the IndyCar events and voice of the Indianapolis 500. With two races in the anchors chair how is it to have a class crew working together telling the radio audience about action on track?
See you Tuesday evening at McGilvery’s Speedway… guests for Tuesday, March 29th are Doug Boles, Brian Barnhart, Juan Piedrahita , and Gabby Chaves

The 2016 Show presented by Honda HPD will stream live on Tuesday March 22nd, live from McGilvery’s Speedway.. 3009 North High School Road, beginning at 7PM ET.

The program can be seen/heard by logging onto and the program streamed live on YouTube will be on the home page.

When the program concludes you will find the archive available on Don Kay’s YouTube channel. 

Scheduled Guests are:

Doug Boles

Doug has been very busy in his career. He was the executive to Indianapolis Mayor Steve Goldsmith, he’s a lawyer, was an owner of Panther Racing then can the call from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
After spending time in the office he was named the President of the great sports facility in the world. The host of the largest single day sporting event in the world.
Since being named president Doug has not stopped moving with the 100th Indy 500 just days away. In addition the Project 100 is winding down with huge changes in the facility that will be ready for the May opening of the Speedway for the Angies Indianapolis Gran Prix.
Doug has been a Twitter and Facebook bug keeping the fans up to date with all aspects of the upcoming event.
How has he managed the schedule and keep his sanity? As of interest what is planned for the 101st?
We’ll find out.

Brian Barnhart

Brian Barnhart, IndyCar vice president of competition, race director, will remain in his role as race director and will oversee the management of the race, including decisions on track conditions (full-course or local caution, red flag, etc.), safety dispatch and communication of all decisions made by the stewards to the competitors.
The Verizon IndyCar Series will have a new sheriff — make that three new sheriffs — monitoring the on-track competition this season.
The series today in a press release said two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Arie Luyendyk, past Indy-car driver Max Papis and longtime racing executive Dan Davis will form a three-steward panel for each race this season.
The three will report to Jay Frye, IndyCar president of competition and operations. Any one of the stewards may call for review of an on-track incident, at which time they will review collectively to determine if an infraction occurred and whether to impose a penalty, which will be determined by a majority vote.
“Our desire was to assemble a team with varied backgrounds that would work together to move IndyCar forward in the area of monitoring on-track competition,” Frye said. “Being a race steward requires thorough knowledge and consistent interpretation of the rules, as well as the ability to enact them with resolve. This is the right group to do that.”

 Juan Piedrahita 

Juan Diego Piedrahita Cortes is a Colombian racing driver. Born in Bogota, Colombia, Piedrahita began his driving career at age of 7 karting in Mexico. Juan transitioned to auto racing in 2009 competing in the LATAM Challenge Series where he gained 2 podiums, finished 7th in overall points and 2nd in the rookie standings.

Gabby Chaves

After winning numerous karting titles, Chaves began racing cars in 2007 in various Skip Barber series in the United States. In 2008 he made his pro debut in Formula BMW Americas, finishing fourth in Formula BMW Pacific and 14th in the Formula BMW World Finals. In 2009 he won the Formula BMW Americas title, capturing five wins and three poles and finishing on the podium in each of the 14 races.

Chaves raced in the Italian Formula Three Championship in 2010, finishing 10th in points and capturing rookie of the year honors. In 2011 he finished 19th in the GP3 Series with a best finish of fourth at the Valencia Street Circuit.

In 2012, Chaves return to the United States and the Pro Mazda series, finishing second in points with 10 podiums, including wins at the final two races of the season at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and Road Atlanta. He climbed the ladder to the Indy Lights series in 2013, where he was runner-up with one win and 10 podiums.

It is worth noting that, while it’s not a great memory, Gabby is prominently featured in the closest finish in the history of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, when Peter Dempsey nipped him at the line at the 2013 Freedom 100 by a whopping 0.0026 seconds. Which is pretty much inches..

Gabby won the Indy Lights championship and the Mazda scholarship in 2014, capturing four wins (including the Freedom 100) and 11 podiums in 14 races. He signed with Bryan Herta Autosport to race full-time in the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2015, leading 31 laps at Pocono Raceway and earning the Rookie of the Year title by 78 points.

Gabby also had a successful foray into sports car racing, piloting the DeltaWing at the four TUDOR United SportsCar Championship endurance events in 2014. He helped the team to a season-high fourth place finish at their home race, Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta.

See you Tuesday evening at McGilvery’s Speedway guests for Tuesday, March 22nd are Kyle Kaiser, Dr Mark Eutsler, and Bob Gates

The 2016 Show presented by Honda HPD will stream live on Tuesday March 22nd, live from McGilvery’s Speedway.. 3009 North High School Road, beginning at 7PM ET.

The program can be seen/heard by logging onto and the program streamed live on YouTube will be on the home page.

When the program concludes you will find the archive available on Don Kay’s YouTube channel. 

Scheduled Guests are:

Kyle Kaiser

Kyle has been involved in racing since he was 7 years old, and is extremely motivated by his aspirations of a career in professional motorsports as well as his ambitious academic goals.  During the past eleven years, Kyle has competed in various levels of karting and open-wheel racing. Kyle’s open-wheel experience includes his recent rookie season in the 2013 Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires, the 2012 Formula Car Challenge presented by Goodyear, and two full seasons in the 2010 & 2011 Skip Barber Western Regional Championships. His karting experience includes; Jr. Sportsman, Jr. Super Sportsman, Tag Jr, HPV-2, Rookie Sportsman, HPV-1, Jr.-1 Two Cycle, and Kid Karts.

In addition to Kyle’s many race wins and podium finishes in both karting and open-wheel racing, Kyle won the Pro Formula Mazda Championship in the 2012 Formula Car Challenge presented by Goodyear, finished 3rd in the 2011 Skip Barber Western Regional Championship, and 2nd in the 2010 Skip Barber Western Regional Championship along with Rookie of the Year honors.  Kyle was also selected as of one six Skip Barber Scholarships recipients in the 2010-11 Skip Barber Karting Shootout.  Kyle’s most significant karting accomplishment was his commanding HPV-1 victory at the 2008 IKF 2-Cycle Sprint Grand Nationals in Santa Maria, CA. where Kyle was awarded a Duffy and a Screaming Eagle.

Kyle made his professional open-wheel racing debut September 7th, 2012 by joining the “Mazda Road to Indy” Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, in Monterey, CA.  He continued his campaign for a second year in the 2014 Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires with Juncos Racing based in Brownsburg, IN. Kyle went on to finish 6th in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and compiled 4 podium finishes and a first “proffesional” victory in the season finale.

Kyle celebrated his May 2014 graduation from Bellarmine College Preparatory High School in San Jose, CA by moving to Indianapolis, IN to be close to the Juncos Racing Team headquarters to focus his energy on the current championship and his pursuit of a career in professional motorsports.  Kyle is currently studying at the University of Santa Clara, CA.

In 2015 Kyle stepped up to Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires with Juncos Racing and will continue in 2016.


 Dr Mark Eutsler

Governor Mike Pence appointed Indiana Racing Memorial Association Co-Founder Mark Eutsler, PhD, to a three-year term as a member of the Serve Indiana Commission. Serve Indiana’s mission is to advance service and volunteerism by informing, connecting, and promoting opportunities and resources that enrich the lives of Hoosiers. Commission members advocate, review, and adjust the state’s position on issues related to the community service and the volunteer sectors.

Mark is a member of the Citizens’ Speedway Committee, which raises incentive awards through the Lap Prize Sponsor program, a co-chair of the IPL 500 Festival Parade, and a member of the INDYCAR Ministry Indy 500 Breakfast executive committee, and a member of the Indianapolis 500 Oldtimers Club. He and Therese, his wife, have been Lap Prize Sponsors for the Indy 500 and Brickyard 400 for 15 years. They are also volunteers with the Indy 500 Parade of Bands, produced by Purdue University Bands that provides pre-race entertainment.

Bob Gates

Bob has written motorsports books on some of the best known and most outstanding drivers in IndyCar history. Among his books are the Jim Hurtubise…”Hurk” and the Bill Vukovich book..”Vucky”. Bob’s latest book is “California Gold..The Legendary Life of Troy Ruttman”.

While he has been involved in motorsports Bob is a board member of IRMA.. Indiana Racing Memorial Association. guests for Tuesday, March 8th are Leah Prichett and Tom Weisenbach

The 2016 Show presented by Honda HPD will stream live on Tuesday March 8th, live from McGilvery’s Speedway.. 3009 North High School Road, beginning at 7PM ET.

The program can be seen/heard by logging onto and the program streamed live on YouTube will be on the home page.

When the program concludes you will find the archive available on Don Kay’s YouTube channel. 

Scheduled Guests are:

Leah Prichett

Two Top Fuel Dragsters driven by women went into the final round of the 2016 CARQUEST Auto Parts Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park. But it was the Bob Vandergriff Racing, Quaker State dragster driven by Leah Pritchett who came out the winner.

Pritchett faced Brittany Force in the final round after defeating J.R. Todd in round one, two-time Top Fuel Champion Antron Brown in round two and Clay Millican in the semifinals.

Pritchett had a 3-1 record against Brittany Force, but the two have never faced each other in the final round. Pritchett had the advantage off the starting line and held on to that lead the entire race and made her quickest pass of the weekend: 3.775 at 323.12.

“As we were getting closer to the finish line I was thinking, ‘I don’t see her tire. Could I win this?’ The first thing I looked at is the win light. When I saw it, well… It is still soaking in. To win on a hole shot doesn’t get any better than that,” said Pritchett.

Pritchett also credits advice from two well-known men in racing with helping her mentally get through the final round.

“Don Prudhomme and I are pretty close and he gave me some pointers after Pomona that I implemented this weekend,” said Pritchett. “I also received great advice from Bob Vandergriff who is not just a car owner, but also a driver. He told me to just do what I do and that is drive: Don’t over think everything surrounding the final round with Brittany and I would be fine. He was right.”

Tom Weisenbach

Tom had a varying career involved in motorsports in a number of capacities.

*7 years in hockey (front office)

*Started out at Indianapolis Raceway Park in 1997 as Director of Business Development. Increased sponsorship sales by over 200% in just two years.

*Worked for Kendall Motor Oil for a year and then joined the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IndyCar in 2000 as the National Sales Manager.  Left IMS and IndyCar to   join Keystone Marketing which managed the Jim Beam account and a year later was hired to run the Indiana Motorsports Association.

*While running the IMA, Tom partnered with Chris Paulsen and Jeff Stoops to start the International Motorsports Industry Show. After four year, IMIS was sold to SEMA who had earlier purchased PRI from Steve Lewis.  IMA was shuttered after 9 years in 2014 and Tom went to work for Speedway Motors (Lincoln, NE).

*In 2012 Tom was joined by Mike Long (Eagle Chassis), Murf McKinney (McKinney Corp) and Al Lowe from AED Motorsport Products and created the Motorsports Safety Education Foundation which provides online educational content on driver safety to the grass roots racers.  And just two weeks ago, Tom joined 180 Skills, a local company that actually created the MSEF’s online content as the head of their Business Development team.

 See you Tuesday evening at McGivery’s Speedway guests for Tuesday, March 1st are Anthony & Casey Foyt, Zach Veach and Steve Lotshaw

The 2016 Show presented by Honda HPD will stream live on Tuesday March 1st, live from McGilvery’s Speedway.. 3009 North High School Road, beginning at 7PM ET.

The program can be seen/heard by logging onto and the program streamed live on YouTube will be on the home page.

When the program concludes you will find the archive available on Don Kay’s YouTube channel. 

Scheduled Guests are:

Anthony and Casey Foyt

Anthony Joseph “A.J.” Foyt IV is a former American race car driver and also is a scouting assistant for the Indianapolis Colts. He competed in the IndyCar Series and briefly in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, then called the Busch Series. He is the grandson of A.J. Foyt.

He began his career racing karts. He moved up through the open wheel racing ranks, winning the 2002 Infinity Pro Series. When Foyt made his first Indianapolis 500 race in 2003, he became the youngest driver to start in the event. He continued in IndyCar for two more years until his back was injured at the 2005 Indianapolis 500. Later that season he made several NASCAR Busch Series starts. He was scheduled to continue in the Busch Series in 2006, but the team was bought out and his contract didn’t allow him to race in a non-Dodge car. He returned to IndyCar late that season. He has not raced since 2009, although he drove for his grandfather’s A.J. Foyt Enterprises team in trials for the 2010 Indianapolis 500.

Anthony is in his sixth season with the Colts as a scouting assistant. Foyt made the transition from the Indy Racing League, which he joined in 2003. He appeared in six Indianapolis 500 races. Foyt was born and raised in Hockley, Texas. He is married to Casey Irsay Foyt, and they reside in Indianapolis with their sons, Anthony Joseph Foyt, V and Lockey James.

Casey Irsay Foyt…

At 25 years old, Casey Irsay is already working for the team she’s known her entire life, a team that Colts’ owner Jim Irsay says she may run someday.

“She was 1 1/2, 2 years old when she was toddling around the team,” Jim Irsay said. “She couldn’t be a ball girl)and pick up jockstraps with naked men walking around in the locker room. But it’s been interesting because, as she goes on this journey, it’s kind of like being a frontiers’ man, a frontiers’ woman.”

Casey, as a vice president in the team’s marketing and community relations division, is one of only a handful of women working in NFL front offices.

Zach Veach

Zach Veach is an American auto racing driver, where he competed in the Indy Lights for Andretti Autosport. Born and raised in Stockdale, Ohio, Veach was named to CNN’s list of “Intriguing People” in May 2010 and became the national spokesperson for FocusDriven, and released his first book, “99 Things Teens Wish They Knew Before Turning 16” on NBC’s The Today Show on March 2, 2011.
Zack began racing at age 12 when he was “discovered” by former IndyCar Series team owner Sarah Fisher’s dad, Dave Fisher. In 19 months Veach had gone from go-karts to the cockpit of an open-wheel Formula BMW machine. Near the end of 2009, while testing a Formula BMW, Atlantic Championship team owner Eric Jensen signed Veach to his team for the 2010 Atlantic Championship season. In early March 2010, the Series halted operations.
After seasons 2010, ’11 and ’12 in the USF 2000 and the Pro Mazda series where he had excellent success he moved to the Indy Lights in 2013 driving for Andretti Autosport.  Zack led the most laps and finished on the podium in third at the Milwaukee Mile and won the pole at Auto Club Speedway on his way to seventh in points. He remained in the series and Andretti Autosport in 2014. He collected three wins and nine podiums in 14 races to end third in the standings behind Gabby Chaves and Jack Harvey. After being out of the cockpit for 2015 and going to the IMS Radio Network booth, Zack will return to Indy Lights in 2016 with Belardi Auto Racing.

Steve Lotshaw

In 2010 Steve Lotshaw, Leigh Earnshaw, Dick Jordan, Pedro “PeeWee” Distarce and ten participants from the Historical Era (1934-55) were announced as inductees into the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame. The announcement was made during the 10th annual Hall of Fame Midget Classic, USAC National Midget Series event at Angell Park Speedway.
Lotshaw won the 1979 USAC National Midget Championship, by a scant four points, and was runner-up in points on three occasions. His ten career USAC National wins were highlighted by a victory in the 1984 Night Before the 500 at ‘O Reilly Raceway Park and four indoor feature victories, in a career which saw him make 332 career USAC National Midget feature starts.
During Steve’s career he had a number of amazing accomplishments. Among those are:
Steve held or set 24 National track records, won the largest starting field of Midgets ever held, 62 cars at DuQuoin in Illinois, won the 1984 Night Before the 500, won the Cooper Classic fall event in Phoenix, was 2 time Snowball 100 winner at Winchester Speedway, Won the Gilmore Classic in Hartford, Michigan, won thje Rodger Ward Classic in Michigan, won the Mile High Classic in Erie, Colorado. He was the only driver to run up Pikes Peak in a Midget. Was the CORA Champion and Rookie of the Year, a 3 time QMA Champion and inducted into the QMA Hall of Fame.
Steve won races in all the following sanctioning groups: USAC National Series, CORA, St Louis RMMA, NAMAR, UMRA,BARA, Skoal Bandit Series and USAC Regional Series.
<p align=”left”>See you Tuesday evening at McGilvery’s Speedway…</p> guests for Tuesday, February 23rd are Derek Daly and Dave Argabright

The 2016 Show presented by Honda HPD will stream live on Tuesday February 23rd, live from McGilvery’s Speedway.. 3009 North High School Road, beginning at 7PM ET.

The program can be seen/heard by logging onto and the program streamed live on YouTube will be on the home page.

When the program concludes you will find the archive available on Don Kay’s YouTube channel. 

Scheduled Guests are:

 Derek Daly

Derek is the father of Conor who has at last earned an opportunity to drive the entire 2016 season for Dale Coyne Racing and is sponsored by the Indianapolis long time sponsor Johnathon Bryd Racing.
Derek had an Exceptional career behind the wheel of open wheel cars beginning with Jalopies and went to the top at Formula 1 then to America and IndyCar…

Stock Cars – Irish Champion 1972

It all began for Derek in 1969 at the Irish Stock Car club. Stock Car racing in Ireland was very much a contact sport. Derek became its biggest star winning the championship in 1972 before departing for his professional racing career.

Formula Ford – Irish and British Champion

Derek dominated in Formula Ford in 1975 and 1976 winning the Irish Formula Ford Championship in addition to the British Formula Ford Festival. In 1975, he set four new lap records in Ireland, scored nine pole positions and eight race wins. In 1976 he scored twenty three wins throughout England.

British Formula Three Champion 1977 

In 1977, Derek won the British Formula 3 Championship in his rookie season, after winning the last five races in a row.  Along the way he also won the Austrian Grand Prix F3 support race after an epic race long battle with future Formula One world champion, Nelson Piquet.

Formula One 1978-1982 

Derek made what is arguably the fastest ever rise to Formula One. Just thirteen months after he won the British Formula Ford Festival in Brands Hatch, Derek was testing a Formula One car. In the intervening time span, he won the 1977 British Formula Three Championship and made his Formula Two debut in Estoril, Portugal, where he set a new lap record on his first visit, October 1977.

He scored his first world championship point at the inaugural Canadian Grand Prix held in Montreal in 1978. Driving for Ken Tyrrell, Derek finished tenth in the World Championship in 1980. 

In 1982 he enjoyed his finest year in Formula One while partnering World Champion Keke Rosberg at Williams. Derek was leading the Grand Prix of Monaco until his car suffered gearbox failure. The failure was caused by the loss of the gearbox oil cooler, which had been damaged in a previous incident earlier in the race.

Indy Car 1983-1989

Derek quickly became established in Indy Car racing qualifying on the front row of the grid in Laguna Seca in 1983. In the opening round of the 1984 season at Long Beach, Derek again qualified on the front row alongside Mario Andretti. Derek was seriously hurt in a 200 MPH crash in Michigan later that year. 

Sports Cars 1988-2002

Derek drove for the best sports car teams in the business at the close of his career, Jaguar and Nissan. In the Jaguar, he finished fourth on his debut at the Le Mans 24 hour race in France. In his first race in the factory Nissan GTP ZX Turbo, Derek qualified on the pole in the streets of Columbus, Ohio. He won numerous times while partnering Geoff Brabham , but the biggest celebrations came when he won the Sebring 12 hour race twice in 1990 and 1991. While qualifying for his last race in Daytona, he put the Nissan on the pole… the wet.

Dave Argabright

Let’s face it…racing folks are uniquely focused on the sport they love, and they’re often a bit challenging when it comes to finding the right gift. While many are not avid readers, we have discovered that they thoroughly enjoy racing books!

There are lots of popular titles , including an exciting new title that’s hot off the press. Sprint Car Challenge is the fourth volume in the highly-acclaimed Jimmy Wilson series. Over the past 18 months we have also released On Top Of The World and Let’s Go Racing!, and both titles have earned rave reviews from readers.

Dave’s books have been popular in racing circles since Still Wide Open was published in 1999. He brings to the page a unique and heartfelt style that has captivated thousands of readers over the years, and along the way Dave’s books have established a wide and passionate fan following.

In addition to writing books Dave is also a well know TV motorsports commentator for several short track series.

Dave will bring some copies of his latest books. If you’d like a copy and have it autographed bring along some cash or a check. You’ll be glad you’ve any of his books…

See you Tuesday evening at McGilvery’s Speedway… guests for Tuesday, February 16th are Will Phillips, Tino Belli, Danny White, Jake Parsons, and Chuck Shuman

The 2016 Show presented by Honda HPD will stream live on Tuesday February 16th, live from McGilvery’s Speedway.. 3009 North High School Road, beginning at 7PM ET.

The program can be seen/heard by logging onto and the program streamed live on YouTube will be on the home page.

When the program concludes you will find the archive available on Don Kay’s YouTube channel. 

Scheduled Guests are:

Will Phillips

“It is a continual goal to improve safety for all the participants, fans and drivers alike,” said Will Phillips, INDYCAR Vice President of Technology. “We also need to do this in a fashion that does not create more yellow-flag racing and try to prevent as much debris as possible. We have great support from our partners to improve safety and wish to thank Chevrolet, Honda and Dallara for their participation and efforts in working together to implement change.”

Other changes for the 2016 season as part of INDYCAR’s ongoing research and development to improve the on-track product and safety include:

  • A domed skid plate on the underside of the chassis, which improves its yaw/spin characteristics, will complement rear wing flaps that deploy at 90 degrees if a car spins and travels backward on a superspeedway. The package will minimize the incidence of the car becoming airborne. The rear wing flaps have been tested in wind tunnels at General Motors and Texas A&M University. Components are scheduled to be available for the April 6 test on the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval.
  • An update to the Engine Control Unit (ECU) prevents a car from moving forward during a pit stop if the gearbox is not in neutral while the fuel hose is attached. Through the ECU, the fuel probe activation sensor can stop the car from moving forward by returning the engine to idle and engaging the clutch if the car is not in neutral when the fuel probe is plugged in.
  • Another ECU update puts the engine in idle faster if too much pressure is applied to the throttle or brake pedal. The throttle pedal failsafe will engage and idle the engine when pressure applied to either the throttle or brake pedal exceeds a calibrated threshold.

The 2016 season of the Verizon IndyCar Series is bound to be an unforgettable one. We are extending the length of the season, returning to fan-favorite tracks and hitting a huge milestone with the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500. Safety is an ongoing process and the hope is for all the racing memories we make to be positive and happy. These enhancements are a big part of that goal reaching fruition.


Tino Belli

xperienced race engineer Tino Belli has joined IndyCar’s technical group in the new role of director of aerodynamic development.

Belli will oversee the implementation of the aero kits being supplied by Honda and Chevrolet for the 2015 season, as well as helping to determine track-specific aero configurations, direct future regulations and support all aspects of aero development and testing.

“It’s a brave, new era that IndyCar is moving into,” said Belli.

“My original background in racing was aeronautical engineering so aerodynamics is my love in life.


Danny White

Motorsports is big business in Indiana — $4 billion big. Teams increasingly need highly skilled technicians to engineer cars both for speed and safety.

At Purdue, we take a different approach to motorsports education. Students choose their own specific discipline — whether it’s engineering, technology or another area that suits their interests — and then combine that curriculum with motorsports courses that offer in-depth knowledge about the industry.

Why do we take this innovative approach? It’s simple — that’s the approach our industry partners tell us they prefer. And we’ve seen the results. Our students secure jobs with top companies. Andretti Autosport. Pratt & Miller. Dreyer Motorsports. Dallara. That’s just to name a few. Walk down pit lane at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and you will find Purdue alums. We provide the industry with students who have exposure to the latest motorsports technology, along with a strong knowledge of STEM disciplines.

Our students also have opportunities on campus to develop their skills outside the classroom. Purdue is one of the only Big Ten universities with a permanent Grand Prix Go-Kart track on campus. Plus, we have student organizations that provide hands-on projects, such as Motorsports at Purdue.

Ready to find out more about motorsports education at Purdue? Check out the MSTEM-3 website, the photo gallery below,explore the links on this page or contact us.


Jake Parsons

Jake turned more than a few heads at the Chris Griffis Memorial Test in November at Circuit of the Americas in Texas. Parsons, who signed with reigning champions Juncos Racing for his first Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires season, finished in the top five in each of the six test sessions.

The 21-year-old Australian comes to the U.S. fresh off a second-place finish in the 2015 Formula Masters China series where he earned three wins and seven podiums in 10 starts. Parsons began his racing career in the Australia karting ranks, earning multiple state and national podiums from 2010 to 2012. Netting Rookie of the Year honors in the New South Wales Formula Ford championship in 2013, he won the FIA Formula BMW Championship (AsiaCup) with Team Meritus in the following year, which earned him a test in the team’s GP2 car. He also contested partial seasons in Formula Masters China and Formula Ford Australia.

Parsons talks about growing up in a family of racers, his love of martial arts and why going from summer in Australia to winter in Indianapolis will be no big deal


Chuck Shuman

Also joining us will be the current promoters of Bench Racing Weekend, Charles “Chuck” Shuman and his wife Anne, to fill us in on all that is in store for the weekend, March 18.19 and 20th, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel by the Airport. Complete retails are available at This an event that true race fans will not want to miss.

See you Tuesday evening at McGilvery’s Speedway…



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The 2016 Show presented by Honda HPD will stream live on Tuesday February 9th, live from McGilvery’s Speedway.. 3009 North High School Road, beginning at 7PM ET.

The program can be seen/heard by logging onto and the program streamed live on YouTube will be on the home page.

When the program concludes you will find the archive available on Don Kay’s YouTube channel. 

Scheduled Guests are:

Jay Frye

Jay was named INDYCAR President of Competition and Operations in November of 2015 and leads all operations, competition, and technical matters for the Verizon IndyCar Series, with a focus on ensuring the series delivers best racing product possible. Frye originally joined the company in 2013 as Chief Revenue Officer of Hulman Motorsports and led the combined team of INDYCAR and Indianapolis Motor Speedway sponsorship sales, licensing and account services. In 2014, the team secured the INDYCAR title sponsorship agreement with Verizon, as well as the addition and expansion of several other corporate partners including TAG Heuer and Angie’s List.

Prior to joining Hulman Motorsports, Frye was the vice president and general manager at Red Bull Racing’s NASCAR team (2008-2011), which produced two points wins, 10 pole positions and a Cup Chase position in 2009. During his first year with the team, the Frye-led Red Bull Racing won the Showdown at Charlotte, launched its own in-house chassis program and earned its first pole at Michigan. A year later came two monumental achievements – a berth in the Chase and the team’s first victory when Brian Vickers drove the No. 83 car into the winner’s circle at Michigan International Speedway.

Frye was also chief executive officer and general manager of MB2 Motorsports from 1996- 2007. While at MB2, the team earned two wins, nine pole positions and had 95 top-10 finishes from a driver lineup that included Mark Martin, Ken Schrader, Ernie Irvan, Sterling Marlin, Joe Nemechek, Johnny Benson and Jerry Nadeau. He started the racing company in 1996 when he was 31 and became a partner in 2004. Under his leadership, the organization grew from a single-car NASCAR Cup team of 10 employees in an 8,000-square-foot shop to a multicar operation with more than 200 employees in a state-of-the-art, 180,000 square-foot shop in Mooresville, N.C.

In July 2000, Frye spearheaded an industry first, when MB2 purchased a second team (Tyler Jet Motorsports) and negotiated a sponsorship/ownership package with the Valvoline Company. Valvoline became the first consumer products company to double up as a primary sponsor and owner with a 50 percent share of the team. During his tenure with the team, Frye was instrumental in securing sponsorship deals with elite brands such as M&M Mars, U.S. Army, Waste Management and Chevrolet.

Prior to his executive role on the NASCAR team side, Frye worked at Valvoline Racing and his extensive sales and marketing experience began with a variety of roles at Anheuser-Busch Inc.

Frye, a native of Rock Island, Ill., graduated with a marketing/education degree from the University of Missouri, where he played tight end and offensive tackle for four years for the Tigers’ football team. He and his wife, Danielle, have two daughters.

Anders Krohn

Racing career:
Climbed the Road to Indy Ladder; Won F2000 Championship in 2008, 2nd in Pro Mazda in 2010, Indy Lights in 2011 and partial campaign in 2012 alongside sportscars.
Current career:
Co-owner of CoForce International, LLC – A Sports Marketing and digital media company working with drivers, race teams and partners.
Commentator for NBC Sports – Indy Lights, Red Bull GRC in 2015
Sporting Director for Team Pelfrey – Overseeing the sporting side of Team Pelfrey, which includes F1600 & all steps on the Mazda Road to Indy
See you Tuesday evening at McGilvery’s Speedway… guests for Tuesday, January 26th are Mark Jaynes and Steve Wittich

The 2016 Show will stream live on Tuesday January 26th, live from McGilvery’s Speedway.. 3009 North High School Road, beginning at 7PM ET. The program can be seen/heard by logging onto and the program streamed live on YouTube will be on the home page. When the program concludes you will find the archive available on Don…

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The 2016 Show will stream live on Tuesday January 19th, live from McGilvery’s Speedway.. 3009 North High School Road, beginning at 7PM ET.

The program can be seen/heard by logging onto and the program streamed live on YouTube will be on the home page.

When the program concludes you will find the archive available on Don Kay’s YouTube channel. 

Scheduled Guests are:

Stefan Wilson

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Stefan is the younger brother of Justin Wilson who lost his life at Pocono this past season. Since then Stefan has gotten married and had a fantastic honeymoon.

Before coming to America to continue his racing career Stefan was quite successful in Europe and won the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award for promising young British Drivers.

From 2009 through 2011 he drove in 31 Indy Light races scoring 1 pole and one win. In 2013 Stefan drove one race for Dale Coyne Racing in Baltimore and finished 16. In that race he competed against his brother Justin.

He is also involved in solar energy and how it can best be used.

What are his racing efforts looking like for the 2016 season. We’ll will find out on Tuesday evening.


Tony Parella

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Tony had a very successful business, but apon sale of his company he decided to get into what his true love is and it’s vintage cars including vintage racecars. Since his purchase of Southeast Vintage Racing Association the growth has been nothing but extraordinary.

SVRA is the largest and one of the oldest Vintage Racing organizations in the United States. Originally named the Southeast Vintage Racing Association, it was founded in 1981 by Ford Heacock III. Beginning with an initial membership of approximately 25 drivers and supporters, the organization currently has more than 2000 licensed members. With the acquisition of West HSR-West in 2012 and merger with GT General Racing in 2014, SVRA has become Vintage Racing’s only national organization. Events are conducted at legendary race tracks throughout the country including Sonoma Raceway, Watkins Glen, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Sebring, Virginia International Raceway, and Auto Club Speedway, to name but a few.

The phrase, some people collect art… we race it aptly describes our events where classic Jaguars, Triumphs, BMWs, MGs, and Lotuses as well as contemporary Camaros, Audis, Porsches and Corvettes compete. The organization is guided by a philosophy that encourages the restoration, preservation, and racing of historically significant automobiles that are configured as closely as possible to their original design and construction.

The expansion of SVRA since 2012 has gone beyond simply adding more events. Live concerts and fireworks display are presented for the enjoyment of competitors and race fans along with car shows and expanded vendor areas. The inaugural Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2014 immediately became the largest Vintage Racing event ever held in the United States with over 700 entrants. Additionally, its Pro Am Charity race, that paired former Indy 500 drivers with SVRA drivers in a 45 minute race, garnered unprecedented media attention.

The U.S. Vintage Racing National Championships, now in its 3rd year, continues to grow in stature and brings together the best Vintage racing cars from throughout the world to compete for one of the coveted Bell Vintage Racing National Championship Helmets. In 2015 SVRA begins involvement in three premier West Coast events at Sonoma Raceway, Portland International Raceway and the Coronado Speed Festival that will continue the organization’s goal to present the best Vintage Racing events at the best venues in the United States.

In addition to the growth and make up of SVRA Tony now has a magazine..The Vintage Racing Quarterly.. that is a top of the line publication telling stories of the vintage cars and where they are, how owns them and some of the drivers of the era and what they are doing.

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