RaceSchool.com Podcast Katherine Legge Interview

photo by Brad Bernstein Katherine Legge enjoys a light moment with Larry Mason during their podcast for raceschool.com.

Katherine Legge (of England) is one of the fastest race car drivers around. She is also female (which is not the novelty that it used to be in the world of auto racing). We caught up with her in the morning before her IMSA WeatherTech GTD race at the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach – a place where she earned her first North American win in her Toyota Atlantic Championship debut! She has competed worldwide in an extremely diverse range of racing cars including Indy cars, Formula E, NASCAR, DTM, the Delta Wing and many, many more. She has an extremely pleasant and humble personality outside the car which by no means diminishes her fierce determination to wring every last bit of performance out of any race car she steps into. Enjoy!

By Larry Mason

Copyright © 2021 Larry Mason

Interview and photos by Larry Mason except as noted below:

photo by Brad Bernstein

photo by Brad Bernstein

Katherine Legge enjoys a light moment with Larry Mason during their podcast for raceschool.com.

Katherine Legge shares the driving duties with Hardpoint Team owner/driver Rob Ferriol in their Porsche GT3R IMSA GTD car.

Katherine Legge shares the driving duties with Hardpoint Team owner/driver Rob Ferriol in their Porsche GT3R IMSA GTD car.

Katherine Legge not only has to fight for position within the GTD class, but has to watch her mirrors for DPi prototypes. She’s shown here as the meat in a multi-class sandwich!

Katherine Legge not only has to fight for position within the GTD class, but has to watch her mirrors for DPi prototypes. She’s shown here as the meat in a multi-class sandwich!

This carbon fiber rear diffuser and tail section show off the hi-tech nature of the current IMSA GTD class.

This carbon fiber rear diffuser and tail section show off the hi-tech nature of the current IMSA GTD class.

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RaceSchool.com Podcast Oliver Askew Interview

Oliver-Askew Oliver Askew walks down Shoreline Drive just minutes before the 2021 Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Oliver Askew was one of the most successful drivers on the Road To Indy where he won multiple championships (USF2000 and Indy Lights) and earned his way into the NTT IndyCar Series. Unfortunately a shunt at Indy caused a concussion and ultimately a job loss at his previous race team. In 2021, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing picked him up for the final three races and Askew produced with a superb Firestone Fast Six qualifying spot (5th) the weekend before the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach. We caught up with him in Long Beach and had a nice chat. In this interview Askew talks about how he prepares to go racing at the drop of a hat and the importance of team building from a driver’s perspective.

By Larry Mason

Copyright © 2021 Larry Mason

Oliver Askew walks down Shoreline Drive just minutes before the 2021 Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Oliver Askew walks down Shoreline Drive just minutes before the 2021 Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Oliver Askew definitely knows how to hustle a race car around a track as shown here attacking the curbing in Turn 1.

Oliver Askew definitely knows how to hustle a race car around a track as shown here attacking the curbing in Turn 1.

With the advent of wraps for race cars these days, the Rahal Letterman Lanigan team gives Oliver Askew one of the most intricate and colorful sponsor liveries of any car on the grid. Here Askew prepares to muscle his way through the Turn 11 hairpin.

With the advent of wraps for race cars these days, the Rahal Letterman Lanigan team gives Oliver Askew one of the most intricate and colorful sponsor liveries of any car on the grid. Here Askew prepares to muscle his way through the Turn 11 hairpin.

The beautiful natural colors of nature surrounding the aquarium fountain are mimicked on Askew’s color scheme.

The beautiful natural colors of nature surrounding the aquarium fountain are mimicked on Askew’s color scheme.

Here Askew is shown leading eventual winner Colton Herta through the fountain area (T3) during the race. In his short NTT IndyCar Series career, Askew has already earned a podium finish.

Here Askew is shown leading eventual winner Colton Herta through the fountain area (T3) during the race. In his short NTT IndyCar Series career, Askew has already earned a podium finish.

Interview and photos by Larry Mason

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RaceSchool.com Podcast Willy T. Ribbs Interview

Ribbs The wide-open eyes of Willy T Ribbs show the look of intense focus – the precise thing needed to be successful at Indianapolis. photo courtesy of Willy Ribbs  

Willy T. Ribbs has forged his way to success in professional auto racing like no other man in his chosen sport. From being the first African American to race at Indianapolis to testing Formula One cars and winning multiple IMSA GTO races, he’s also driven for or been sponsored/supported by some of the biggest names in and out of the sport - Dan Gurney, Jack Roush (via Ford Motor Company), Bill Cosby and many others. They all believed in Willy enough to help him forge his path of success. He was inducted into the Long Beach Motorsports Walk of Fame just prior to the 2021 Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach and spent some time talking with us after he had popped in a quick “Hello” during fellow LBMWoF inductee Will Power’s interview.  I would’ve liked to have spent more time interviewing him, however he was interrupted during our chat and told that he had to get to another commitment. Enjoy! 

By Larry Mason

Copyright © 2021 Larry Mason

Willy T. Ribbs and Jim Michaelian (president and CEO of the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach) remove the checkered flag to uncover the Long Beach Motorsports Walk of Fame plaque for Ribbs.

Willy T. Ribbs and Jim Michaelian (president and CEO of the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach) remove the checkered flag to uncover the Long Beach Motorsports Walk of Fame plaque for Ribbs.

Willy T holds up a number one sign right before he kisses the plaque as if he were kissing the bricks at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Willy T holds up a number one sign right before he kisses the plaque as if he were kissing the bricks at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Anytime you get to be on track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, it’s a reason to celebrate.

Anytime you get to be on track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, it’s a reason to celebrate.

photo courtesy of Willy Ribbs

The wide-open eyes of Willy T Ribbs show the look of intense focus – the precise thing needed to be successful at Indianapolis.

The wide-open eyes of Willy T Ribbs show the look of intense focus – the precise thing needed to be successful at Indianapolis.

photo courtesy of Willy Ribbs

Ribbs receives great service work from his pit crew during at pit stop at the Indy 500.

Ribbs receives great service work from his pit crew during a pit stop at the Indy 500.

photo courtesy of Willy Ribbs

Interview and photos by Larry Mason except as noted

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RaceSchool.com Podcast Callum Ilott Interview

Callum Ilott Callum Ilott waves to the crowd just minutes before the start of the 2021 Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Ferrari F1 test driver Callum Ilott was picked by Juncos Hollinger Racing to finish out the last three races of the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series. He will also be driving for them full time in 2022. Ilott talked with us about how Indy cars compare to the Formula One and GT cars he’s been driving. He also compares the nuances of the Long Beach track to the streets of the Monaco Grand Prix. With essentially a new team and a new (to the series) driver, Ilott qualified P18 (out of 28) for the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach which is quite good considering he’s never been here before and how tight the grid is here (he ran as high as sixth before retiring with a mechanical). He certainly has the potential to make a big name for himself here in the states with his skills. Sit back and enjoy this interview!

By Larry Maso

Copyright © 2021 Larry Mason

Callum Ilott waves to the crowd just minutes before the start of the 2021 Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Callum Ilott waves to the crowd just minutes before the start of the 2021 Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Callum Ilott pushed hard in Saturday qualifying and ended up in P18. It was a good result for the small team that’s just getting re-started and with Ilott never having been to Long Beach before.

Callum Ilott pushed hard in Saturday qualifying and ended up in P18. It was a good result for the small team that’s just getting re-started and with Ilott never having been to Long Beach before.

Callum Ilott maneuvers his way around the tight Turn 11 hairpin before rocketing down Shoreline Drive. This hairpin is to the right as opposed to the hairpin in Monaco.

Callum Ilott maneuvers his way around the tight Turn 11 hairpin before rocketing down Shoreline Drive. This hairpin is to the right as opposed to the hairpin in Monaco.

Callum Ilott leads Charlie Kimball and Conor Daly heading into the fountain area of the aquarium. Starting P18 and avoiding the first lap melee, Ilott worked his way up to 6th place at one point in the race.

Callum Ilott leads Charlie Kimball and Conor Daly heading into the fountain area of the aquarium. Starting P18 and avoiding the first lap melee, Ilott worked his way up to 6th place at one point in the race.

Looking down from the Aquarium of the Pacific parking structure through the palm tree leaves, Ilott already has his vision up for the upcoming tricky off-camber Turn 5.

Looking down from the Aquarium of the Pacific parking structure through the palm tree leaves, Ilott already has his vision up for the upcoming tricky off-camber Turn 5.

 Interview and photos by Larry Mason

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RaceSchool.com Podcast Judy Kouba Dominic Interview

Judy Kouba Domenick Photo courtesy of Judy Kouba Domenick

Judy Kouba Dominic is Chevrolet Racing’s trackside communications representative. For over a decade Judy has been the go-to person for members of the media to get information about Chevy racing teams and drivers. She brings a fascinating background to her position and is one of the most professional, passionate, hard-working, and caring individuals you’d ever want to meet. We sat down and had a nice chat just outside the media center at the 2021 Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.

By Larry Mason

Copyright © 2021 Larry Mason

Judy Kouba Domenick

Interview by Larry Mason 

Photo courtesy of Judy Kouba Domenick

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RaceSchool.com Podcast Ricardo Juncos and Brad Hollinger – Juncos Hollinger Racing Interview

Ricardo Juncos came to the United States years ago as a go-kart mechanic. Living the American dream, he’s made it all the way to the NTT IndyCar Series as a team owner. This year Brad Hollinger came over from being a part-owner of the Williams Formula One team to join Juncos creating Juncos Hollinger Racing. Running the last three races of the 2021 season, the team will compete full time in 2022. They both spent some time talking about their partnership and plans for the future and why now is the right time to be in the NTT IndyCar Series. Incidentally, Ferrari F1 test driver Callum Ilott (who finished out the last three races of the 2021 season for JHR) was just announced as their driver for the 2022 season and he will be featured with his own interview in our next installment!

By Larry Mason

Copyright © 2021 Larry Mason

Interview by Larry Mason

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Ricardo Juncos (L) and Brad Hollinger (R) have teamed up to form Juncos Hollinger Racing and will be contesting the entire NTT IndyCar Series season in 2022 with driver Callum Ilott.

PHOTO by Jose Mario Dias

Ricardo Juncos (L) and Brad Hollinger (R) have teamed up to form Juncos Hollinger Racing and will be contesting the entire NTT IndyCar Series season in 2022 with driver Callum Ilott.

It may be cold and snowy outside in Indianapolis in the winter time but the work is heating up inside to prepare for a full season in 2022. It also looks like they’ll have to change their external signage to add in “Hollinger.”

PHOTO courtesy Juncos Hollinger Racing

It may be cold and snowy outside in Indianapolis in the winter time but the work is heating up inside to prepare for a full season in 2022. It also looks like they’ll have to change their external signage to add in “Hollinger.”

A beautiful clean shop space with room for two transporters and plenty of bays to work on Indy Pro 2000, Indy Lights and IndyCar racing cars, Juncos Hollinger Racing has also prepped IMSA DPi cars here too.

PHOTO courtesy Juncos Hollinger Racing

A beautiful clean shop space with room for two transporters and plenty of bays to work on Indy Pro 2000, Indy Lights and IndyCar racing cars, Juncos Hollinger Racing has also prepped IMSA DPi cars here too.

Although there may not be a lot of people or work shown going on in this photo, this shop is about to get real busy for the coming season!

PHOTO courtesy Juncos Hollinger Racing

Although there may not be a lot of people or work shown going on in this photo, this shop is about to get real busy for the coming season!

 

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RaceSchool.com Podcast James Hinchcliffe Interview

JamesHinchcliffe-wave-crop James Hinchcliffe waves to thefans before the start of the 2021 Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach. Will it be remembered as his last NTT IndyCar Series start?

James Hinchcliffe, aka the “Mayor of Hinchtown” has checked off many of the boxes of being one of the top drivers in the NTT IndyCar Series. He’s a multi-time winner and pole-sitter in addition to big performances like winning the pole for the Indianapolis 500 one year after almost losing his life in a horrific shuntthereand winning the crown jewel of street courses at the Grand Prix of Long Beach. Additionally, he also finished second in the “Dancing With The Stars” TV show. His easy-going personality doesn’t diminish the fire in his belly for success. In this interview, Hinchcliffe opens up about how he prepares for racingboth physically andmentally and also how the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach circuit gets him pumped up.

Note:James Hinchcliffe raced for Andretti Autosport at the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach. It was announced after the race that he (along with his teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay) wouldn’t be returning to theteamfor 2022.

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His Capstone Green Energy car is right at home amongst the fountain and greenery of the circuit near the Aquarium of the Pacific.

His Capstone Green Energy car is right at home amongst the fountain and greenery of the circuit near the Aquarium of the Pacific.

James Hinchcliffe started the2021 Acura Grand Prix of Long Beachin 7thafter turning the 3rdquickest time in practice. Here he leads Alex Palou who would go on to finish 4th while Hinchcliffe would have to settle for 14th.

James Hinchcliffe started the2021 Acura Grand Prix of Long Beachin 7thafter turning the 3rdquickest time in practice. Here he leads Alex Palou who would go on to finish 4th while Hinchcliffe would have to settle for 14th.

Near the end of the Grand Prix, you can see all of the rubber tire marks especially on the front wings. Not the finish or season Hinchcliffe was hoping for, the big question now is where he’ll land for 2022.

Near the end of the Grand Prix, you can see all of the rubber tire marks especially on the front wings. Not the finish or season Hinchcliffe was hoping for, the big question now is where he’ll land for 2022.

In a tribute to his racing idol Greg Moore, Hinchcliffe has #REDGLOVESRULEonhis racing gloves. Here he’s sitting in the pits duringthe Sunday morning warm-up.

In a tribute to his racing idol Greg Moore, Hinchcliffe has #REDGLOVESRULEonhis racing gloves. Here he’s sitting in the pits duringthe Sunday morning warm-up.

Interview and photos by Larry Mason.

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RaceSchool.com Podcast Bryan Herta Interview

levitt-VIR-1021-03911 Bryan Herta

Known during his racing career as “High-Speed Herta,” Bryan has been just as successful off the track as a team owner in the NTT IndyCar Series winning two Indy 500s and multiple championships in sports car racing. Bryan Herta Autosport currently campaigns the factory Hyundai effort in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge. He’s also the race strategist for his son Colton Herta who won both of the last two Indy car races at Laguna Seca.We caught up with Bryan right before his son would go on to win the season finale Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach!

Photos, captions and credits:

Interview by Larry Mason.

Photo by Michael Levitt, LATUSAMedia.com

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