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Autosportradio.com 2016 guests for Tuesday January 12th (Conor Daly, Bones Bourcier)

Saturday January 16th is the Chili Bowl Finals. McGilvery’s Speedway, 3009 North High School road will once again show the racing live on their big screen TV’s. They will also have a selection of chili’s to highlight the racing experience. You will choose from spicy chili, chicken chili, steak chili or for us common folk…

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Autosportradio.com guests for Tuesday, January 5th are Allison Melangton, Dr. Jack Miller and Scott Goodyear

The Autosportradio.com 2016 Show will stream live on Tuesday January 5th live from McGilvery’s Speedway.. 3009 North High School Road, beginning at 7PM ET.

The program can be seen/heard by logging onto www.autosportradio.com 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:

Allison Melangton

Allison has joined Hulman Motorsports as senior vice president of events. Allison became a household name in Indianapolis in 2012. As the president and chief executive officer of the 2012 Super Bowl Host Committee, Allison and her team of city leaders and volunteers helped put the city on the map.

“I believe hosting the Super Bowl changed the way that people around the world view Indianapolis, and I believe that residents of Central Indiana reconnected with the reasons they love living here: unmatched community spirit, a heart for service, Hoosier hospitality, acts of compassion, and taking care of each other,” she said.

Melangton’s career in sports management is a natural fit.

She is a former Colorado State University gymnast, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in commercial sports administration.

Within 18 months after graduating from college, she had the opportunity to work at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, and she said the experience was inspiring. “I knew then that I wanted to pursue a career in managing major sports events and to work as many Olympics as possible, and I am up to nine!” she said.

Melangton was named president of the Indiana Sports Corp. in 2012. Prior to that, she held various other positions with the Sports Corp.

She hasn’t put her planning and organizing shoes away, either. Melangton is a member of the board of directors for the city’s 2018 Super Bowl Bid Committee.

Recently, The Star talked with Melangton about what she thinks are the reasons behind her success.

Dr. Jack Miller

Jack Miller, usually known as Dr. Jack Miller, raced in the Indy Racing League from 1997 to 2001 and the Indianapolis 500 from 1997 to 1999. Miller is a practicing dentist and, thus, was known as “the racing dentist.”

Jack’s best IRL finish was a 9th in 1998 at Charlotte. His best finish in the Indianapolis 500 was a 20th his rookie year of 1997. Miller’s final IRL start came at Atlanta in 2001. Miller was involved in a 13-car crash, and suffered injuries that ended his racing career. He was planning on entering the 2001 Indianapolis 500, but withdrew after the crash and retired from driving.

Jack with two partners are starting a race team, Goodyear, Miller, Vinatieri Motorsports LLC, that will compete in the FIA Formula 4 sanctioned SCCA Pro Racing. What is their ultimate goal?

Scott Goodyear

Scott is a Canadian former race car driver. He ran the IRL, IndyCar Series and Champ Car series during his career from 1987, winning the Michigan 500 in 1992 and 1994. He is also notable for almost winning the Indianapolis 500 on three different occasions.

Scott qualified for eleven runnings of the Indy 500 races from 1990 to 2001, missing only the 1996 race as his name wasn’t entered. After starting last (33rd position) in the 1992 race, he finished 2nd to Al Unser, Jr by 0.043 seconds. Goodyear could have won the 1995 race but after leading 42 laps, he mistakenly passed the pace car on a late restart and was penalized to fourteenth place after ignoring the black flags. Goodyear again finished 2nd in the 1997 race after being passed by Arie Luyendyk on the back straightaway at lap 194. He might have won if not for a controversial restart on the last lap, when the green and white flag waved despite the on-track lights still signaling yellow. Goodyear, who had expected the race to finish under caution, was weaving his car to keep his tires warm at the time of the restart. Meanwhile, eventual winner Luyendyk had already begun accelerating away from the field.

Scott drove in a couple of CART races for Walker Racing in 1996 before a practice accident at the Emerson Fittipaldi Speedway in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil sidelined him for most of the season. In 1997 he moved to the IRL, IndyCar Series with Treadway Racing and the next year, he moved to Panther Racing, where he stayed for 3 seasons just losing out for the series title in 2000 to Buddy Lazier. He retired from his racing career after a crash with Sarah Fisher in the 2001 Indianapolis 500 and then he became a color analyst for ABC and ESPN’s coverage of the IndyCar Series, previously with Paul Page, Jack Arute, Rusty Wallace, Todd Harris, Marty Reid, and currently with Allen Bestwick and Eddie Cheever.

Scott has been doing some driver coaching with young drivers, along with his business of demonstrating new car models to dealers, including mentoring Dr Jack’s son Jack as he works his way up in the WKA karting series. Now he will join Dr Jack and Adam Vinatieri forming a racing team that will begin in 2016.

 

Autosportradio.com guests for Tuesday December 15th are Leah Pritchett, Toni Meyer, and Scott Jasek

Don’t forget to bring some canned food to be donated to local food pantries as part of the 12 Days of Christmas. Bring them to McGilvery’s Speedway Tuesday evening or drop them by at your convenience.

Tuesday December 15th will be the last Autosportradio.com Show for 2015. We will return on Tuesday January 5th 2016.

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The Autosportradio.com 2015 Show will stream live on Tuesday December 15th live from McGilvery’s Speedway.. 3009 North High School Road, beginning at 7PM ET.

The program can be seen/heard by logging onto www.autosportradio.com 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 Pritchett

It didn’t take long for Redlands Top Fuel dragster driver Leah Pritchett to secure a ride in the 2016 NHRA Yello Mello Drag Racing Series.

Less than two months after Pritchett was sidelined when Dote Racing announced it was taking 2016 off, Bob Vandergriff Racing announced Thursday the Cal State San Bernardino graduate will join it as part of a two-car team.

Pritchett, who finished 14th in the 2015 points standings in a part-time role, will be sponsored by Quaker State.

With BVR, Pritchett will team with Dave Connolly, who finished 10th in points in his rookie season in the class. Larry Dixon, who competed in the class in 2015 under the BVR banner, has not announced what his role will be in 2016.

“The opportunity to run a complete NHRA Top Fuel season has been a goal that I have worked toward for a very long time,” Pritchett said. “I am beyond excited for the opportunity to focus on making the Countdown next season, competing for a championship, working alongside Bob Vandergriff Jr., and re-introducing the Quaker State brand back into the NHRA.

“This dream is now a reality, thanks in large part to the vision of Bob Vandergriff Jr., as well as the support of great companies and people along my way to this personal and professional milestone, and, of course, my fans.”

Toni Meyer 

Toni is the former Senior Event Director of the 500 Festival. She held that position for 25 years, but is now moving on to do consulting in the event planning and coordinating business.
She is involved with the Speedway business on Main Street 3 Sister and a Trunk. The store has created a 100th Indy 500 T shirt featuring a drawing by Ron Burton on the front and a yearly calendar on the back for you to note what years you have attended the race.
Bring some cash or check and get yours Tuesday evening.

Scott “Chicago’s Own” Jasek

Founded in 2001, the Indy Racing Experience provides fans the ultimate opportunity of a lifetime by experiencing the high speeds of IndyCar racing with Their driving and 2-seater programs. While casually talking one afternoon in a small garage on Gasoline Alley in Indianapolis, Scott Jasek, Joe Kennedy and Jeff Sinden imagined stretching out a regular IndyCar Series car to allow for a passenger to sit behind the driver and truly experience the speed and pressure that comes with IndyCar racing. Nearly a decade later, the Indy Racing Experience has evolved into a one-of-a-kind experience for race fans and car enthusiasts.
In addition to taking a ride in the 2-seater driven by an Indy Racing League driver around any of the tracks on the IndyCar Series schedule, fans also have the opportunity to drive these IndyCar machines, which competed in the Indianapolis 500. Thrill seekers have traveled the world to drive these cars at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In November 2008, the Indy Racing Experience expanded its operations to the Walt Disney World® Speedway near Orlando, Fla., and offers daily ride and drive opportunities at the former home of the IndyCar Series’ season opener.

To date, the Indy Racing Experience has given more than 12,000 rides to celebrities, media, race fans and car enthusiasts over the past eight years. However, the history of the company and its owners extends back more than 20 years.

Autosportradio.com guests for Tuesday December 8th are Jay Howard and RC Enerson

The Autosportradio.com 2015 Show will stream live on Tuesday December 8th live from McGilvery’s Speedway.. 3009 North High School Road, beginning at 7PM ET.

The program can be seen/heard by logging onto www.autosportradio.com 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 Howard

After a successful career in Europe Jay came to America to enter the IndyCar ladder system. He won the Indy Lights Champion as well driving in the Verizon IndyCar Series. In addition he is an Indy 500 veteran.
Jay now has a Motorsports Driver Development company that has proven to be successful. Jay’s mission is to mentor young drivers to prepare them for the top levels of the motorsport ladder. The core of this program is the ability to take expertise gained and success experienced throughout his career and translate it back into the coaching experience to fine-tune each drivers particular skill set.

From corner entry to throttle and brake modulation, overtaking to how to get the best jump off the start of a race and avoid accidents, Jay is able to pass down many secrets gathered from a career which started in 1988 at the age of 7.

There are few who can offer this type of detailed coaching and even fewer that have the ability to verbalize their expectations to their protégés. This level of translation and detail is just one example of what sets Jay apart from other coaches.

RC Enerson

RC Enerson is an American racing driver from New Port Richey, Florida He is the son of former Indy Lights team owner Neil Enerson, who owns Team E Racing.

After participating in karting and Skip Barber regional racing, Enerson made his professional debut in the 2012 U.S. Formula 2000 National Championship in National Class. He finished in third place with four class victories. He returned to the series in 2013 driving for ZSports/Team E and finished 9th in the championship with 2 podium finishes at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Enerson switched to his family’s own team for the 2014 U.S. F2000 Winterfest and won the championship, capturing two wins and two other podium finishes in the six races. In the 2014 U.S. F2000 National Championship, Enerson finished second in the championship by only 9 points behind champion Florian Latorre. RC won five races, the most of any driver that season, including a sweep of both races at Barber Motorsports Park.

Enerson moved up in the Mazda Road to Indy in 2015, competing in the IndyLights series with Schimdt Peterson Motorsports. RC won his first Indy Lights victory with SPM at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course after 4 podiums in the 2015 season thus far.

In his career in the Mazda Road to Indy program RC has driven in the USF 2000 from 2012 to 2014 and scored 21 top 10’s including 5 wins and scored 3rd in points in 2012, 9th in 2013 and 2nd in 2014. The decision was made to move up to Indy Lights where he drove the #7 Lucas Oil car for Schmidt/Peterson Motorsports. In his rookie season RC had 15 top 10’s and his first win finishing 4th  in the season points standing.

Neil Enerson

Team E Racing is the inspiration of Indianapolis born owner Neil Enerson. The team was formed in 2008 to compete in the Firestone Indy Lights Series of the Indy Racing League. Enerson is a Florida businessman.. Neil formed a first rate competitive team by assembling an experienced crew, already credited with two Indy Lights championships, along with top of the line new race equipment and a shop outside the Tampa, Florida area which is an ideal location for winter testing.
Racing under Team E his son RC drove for 3 years in the USF 2000 Series with much success and has now moved to Indy Lights driving for Schmidt/Peterson also with outstanding success in 2015 his rookie season.
Neil has been working on starting a new driving school and will announce the Lucas Oil School of Racing on Autosport as well as a booth at the PRI Show and will have a couple of the cars to be used on display.

 

Autosportradio.com guests for Tuesday November 17th… Justin Penix and Alex Damron

The Autosportradio.com 2015 Show will stream live on Tuesday November 17th live from McGilvery’s Speedway.. 3009 North High School Road, beginning at 7PM ET. The program can be seen/heard by logging onto www.autosportradio.com and the program streamed live on YouTube will be on the home page. When the program concludes you will find the archive…

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