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  • RTI Insider Live - 2021 Preview Interviews

    Hey guys -

    I hope you're as fired up about the 2021 Road To Indy program as I am. As we sit here on February 8, I'm predicting 12-13 cars for Indy Lights at Barber, 14-16 in Indy Pro 2000, and 22-25 in USF2000. With over two months still go before we launch the 2021 season at Barber, I'm going to interview as many drivers and team owners as I can on my YouTube page. I hope you enjoy the interviews, and if you have anyone in particular you want me to have on the show, let me know.

    Here the links to the completed interviews this far:

    USF2000:
    Josh Green - Turn 3 Motorsport - February 5 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYer1YJhfu8
    Ely Navarro - DEForce Racing - February 8 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNwo5bEW8aQ
    Spike Kohlbecker & Evan Stamer - Ignite Autosport with Cape Motorsports - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e98Y4h2qVrk

    Indy Pro 2000:
    Hunter Yeany - Velocity Racing Development - February 11 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFPGNlxwipM
    Jacob Abel - Abel Motorsports - February 15 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZfObajBXatk

    Indy Lights:
    Alex Peroni - Carlin Racing - February 22 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKCRUJYF3Yg

    GUEST UPDATE: James Roe from Turn 3 Autosport is scheduled to join me on Monday (March 1), and I also have USF2000 Trey Burke from Joe Dooling Autosport lined up for next Friday

    YOUTUBE CHANNEL LINK: You can watch all of my interviews at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDd...tZSJ1MuHp9y62A
    Last edited by Rob Howden; 02-25-2021, 09:32 PM.
    Respectfully,

    Rob Howden
    IndyCar Radio Network
    www.roadtoindyinsider.com
    Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires Announcer
    Twitter: @robhowden / @RTI_Insider
    Instagram: @robhowdenracing

  • #2
    I know I'm fired up

    Thanks, Rob!!
    "Each day well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well therefore to this one day for it, and it alone, is life"
    ~ Sanskrit poem attributed to Kalidasa, "Salutation to the Dawn"


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    • #3
      Love those car counts, Rob, particularly the significant increase in Lights.

      My RTI interview request is Charles Finelli. In a series targeting up-and-comers who have their sights set on the Big Show, Charles is a welcomed outlier to the typical demographic. I’d love to hear what he has to say about his goals, expectations, and outlook on his upcoming season.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Glass Half Full View Post
        Love those car counts, Rob, particularly the significant increase in Lights.

        My RTI interview request is Charles Finelli. In a series targeting up-and-comers who have their sights set on the Big Show, Charles is a welcomed outlier to the typical demographic. I’d love to hear what he has to say about his goals, expectations, and outlook on his upcoming season.
        Charles is definitely a character and great to have in the paddock, but sadly, he won't be back in the Road To Indy this year. I believe they sold their PM-18 and I recall hearing that they were looking at Prototype Challenge or something in sports cars.
        Respectfully,

        Rob Howden
        IndyCar Radio Network
        www.roadtoindyinsider.com
        Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires Announcer
        Twitter: @robhowden / @RTI_Insider
        Instagram: @robhowdenracing

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        • #5
          thanks for the heads up Rob, genuinely appreciate the work you do to give some spotlight to the lower series. Some of the best racing in America, is the RTI ladder, particularly Indy Pro and USF2000.

          Question I have Rob is, do you know how/where we'll be able to watch races from the RTI for this year? Will it continue on the Road to Indy app like last year?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Rob Howden View Post

            Charles is definitely a character and great to have in the paddock, but sadly, he won't be back in the Road To Indy this year. I believe they sold their PM-18 and I recall hearing that they were looking at Prototype Challenge or something in sports cars.
            Thanks for your response, Rob; that’s too bad to hear about Charles moving away from RTI.

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            • #7
              I interviewed Indy Pro 2000 rookie Hunter Yeany from Velocity Racing Development on Thursday afternoon. Here's the link:

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFPGNlxwipM

              Respectfully,

              Rob Howden
              IndyCar Radio Network
              www.roadtoindyinsider.com
              Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires Announcer
              Twitter: @robhowden / @RTI_Insider
              Instagram: @robhowdenracing

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              • #8
                I have two more interviews lined up for Thursday and Monday.

                USF2000 rookie Trey Burke will join me on Thursday. He'll run with a new team, Joe Dooling Motorsports, for the 2021 season.

                On Monday, I'll talk with new Carlin driver Alex Peroni, who comes to Indy Lights after finished 10th in FIA F3 in 2020.

                I have my guest for next Thursday confirmed, but I cannot announce the driver yet.
                Respectfully,

                Rob Howden
                IndyCar Radio Network
                www.roadtoindyinsider.com
                Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires Announcer
                Twitter: @robhowden / @RTI_Insider
                Instagram: @robhowdenracing

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                • #9
                  Thanks, Rob. Looking forward to it
                  There's really no such thing as Gary the Moose, Sybil.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Rob Howden View Post
                    I interviewed Indy Pro 2000 rookie Hunter Yeany from Velocity Racing Development on Thursday afternoon. Here's the link:

                    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFPGNlxwipM
                    Man, that kid was fast in F4! Looking forward to see him move up the ladder.
                    I ride tandem/with the random/Things don't run the way I planned them.
                    Peter Gabriel, "Humdrum"

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by brundle View Post

                      Man, that kid was fast in F4! Looking forward to see him move up the ladder.
                      I think Hunter is certainly a darkhorse for 2021 in Indy Pro 2000. The drivers we've seen come from F4 have all moved into USF2000 for there first year in the Road To Indy, such as Kyle Kirkwood, Christian Rasmussen, Christian Brooks, and Kiko Porto, so this will be a larger leap for Yeany to move right into IP2K. He's never run St. Pete, Toronto, Road America, or or been on an oval (especially Gateway), so there will be hurdles. Hunter will definitely be a fun story to follow throughout the season.
                      Respectfully,

                      Rob Howden
                      IndyCar Radio Network
                      www.roadtoindyinsider.com
                      Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires Announcer
                      Twitter: @robhowden / @RTI_Insider
                      Instagram: @robhowdenracing

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                      • #12
                        I spoke with Alex Peroni from Carlin Racing today, and this is definitely an interview to check out. I'm really excited to see Alex pivot from his F1 target to re-focus on IndyCar through the Road To Indy. I think Alex will be a threat once he gets settled in with Carlin and the American tracks and style of racing.

                        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKCRUJYF3Yg
                        Respectfully,

                        Rob Howden
                        IndyCar Radio Network
                        www.roadtoindyinsider.com
                        Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires Announcer
                        Twitter: @robhowden / @RTI_Insider
                        Instagram: @robhowdenracing

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                        • #13
                          I had three different guests on the show today - the trio from Ignite Autosport with Cape Motorsports - include drivers Spike Kohlbecker and Evan Stamer and Team Manager Keith Freber. It's an exciting program that connects grassroots karting to the Road to Indy.

                          Here's the link to the interview - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e98Y4h2qVrk

                          I'll have the podcast prepped early next week.
                          Respectfully,

                          Rob Howden
                          IndyCar Radio Network
                          www.roadtoindyinsider.com
                          Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires Announcer
                          Twitter: @robhowden / @RTI_Insider
                          Instagram: @robhowdenracing

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