MFW podcast episode 107 featuring Simon Pagenaud and Jacques Villeneuve

More Front Wing podcasts, Multimedia, Podcasts — By on May 20, 2014 11:02 pm

This week’s More Front Wing podcast is jam-packed from start to finish! MFW co-editors Steph Wallcraft and Paul Dalbey are joined by George Phillips of to compare impressions of qualifying weekend for the Indianapolis 500 (which George begins with a rant about that most hot-button of topics: tenderloins!).

We also hear some great insights from two of the drivers who will start in the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500. Simon Pagenaud spoke on the revised qualifying format, how things are going within Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and with his new teammate, Mikhail Aleshin, and shared a deeply personal glimpse into the connection he feels with the legendary Ayrton Senna and how it compelled him to honor Senna by wearing a commemorative helmet this weekend that will allow him to carry Ayrton to one more checkered flag.

Jacques Villeneuve offered some very frank insight into how much things have changed and have stayed the same since he last visited the Brickyard 19 years ago, including sharing some upsides and downsides to the differences in the cars from then and now. He shared some of the teams strategy in their approach to the month, addressed whether his age will be a factor in his success on Sunday, and talked about having a sense of coming home to open-wheel racing.

And, finally, we pit Paul and George head to head in the annual MFW Indy 500 trivia showdown and find out who will get to claim the title of 2014 champion and hold it over the other’s head for the coming year!

To listen, use the player below or search for More Front Wing on iTunes.

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