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Due to the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the 104th Indianapolis 500 has been rescheduled for August 23. Since there will be no track activity during the month of May, the schedule for the 2020 episodes of The Talk of Gasoline Alley has been revised.

New episodes of The Talk of Gasoline Alley aired on Thursday evenings during the month of May. The episode schedules for Brickyard 400/GMR Grand Prix race week in June/July will be daily shows for one week one Monday through Friday. The schedule for Indianapolis 500 race week in August will be announced at a later date.


For Podcasts & Downloads of 2020 episodes, see WFNI 107.5/1070 The Fan

For Downloads of 2000 to 2019 episodes, see Audio Downloads

For The Talk of Gasoline Alley Episode Guides from 2000 to 2020, see TOGA Episode Guides


May 2020 (“quarantine”) broadcast schedule:

  • 107.5 FM / 1070 AM The Fan WFNI
  • Tuesdays 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (EDT): Trackside with Curt Cavin & Kevin Lee
  • Thursdays 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (EDT): Donald Davidson’s The Talk of Gasoline Alley

June/July 2020 (Brickyard 400/GMR Grand Prix) broadcast schedule:

  • 107.5 FM / 1070 AM The Fan WFNI
  • Monday-Friday 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (EDT): Trackside with Curt Cavin & Kevin Lee
  • Monday-Friday 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (EDT): Donald Davidson’s The Talk of Gasoline Alley

August 2020 (Indianapolis 500) broadcast schedule:

  • 107.5 FM / 1070 AM The Fan WFNI
  • TBA: Trackside with Curt Cavin & Kevin Lee
  • TBA: Donald Davidson’s The Talk of Gasoline Alley

The Talk of Gasoline Alley — 2020 Episodes
March/April [24] [31] [7]
May [7] [14] [21] [28]
June/July [29] [30] [1] [2] [3]
August
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Tuesday March 24: (Special edition of TOGA on Trackside): Donald Davidson joined “Trackside with Curt Cavin & Kevin Lee” for a special episode of “The Talk of Gasoline Alley” during the COVID-19 pandemic. All questions were Twitter submitted and there were no live callers. Kevin Lee hosted the program while Donald joined the program via telephone and the TOGA segment was aired during the second hour of the program.

(Mike from Vernon Hills) Harvest Auto Racing Classic and other races at the Speedway, Carl Fisher’s dispute with the local hotel owners in 1916, the 1916 300-mile race, race cancelled in 1917-1918, Eddie Rickenbacker and the Prest-o-Lite team, formerly the Maxwell team, has the 500 ever not been held in the month of May (no), the 1986 rain delay, scheduling the 500, moving the 500 from May 30 to Saturday to Monday then to Sunday in 1974, the 1997 rain delay, the location of the 1909 “The Vision” photograph, Mike Mosley, alternate starters in the 500

Tuesday March 31: (Special edition of TOGA on Trackside): Donald Davidson joined “Trackside with Curt Cavin & Kevin Lee” for a special episode of “The Talk of Gasoline Alley” during the COVID-19 pandemic. All questions were Twitter submitted and there were no live callers. Kevin Lee hosted the program while Donald joined the program via telephone and the TOGA segment was aired during the second hour of the program.

The 1937 Indianapolis 500 finish, including the “Frame” story for Wilbur Shaw, memorable instances of teams bending the rules, 1947 Andy Granatelli story of Pete Romcevich adding oil – actually adding water to the oil tank to top it off, Rene Dreyfus and Rene Le Begue in the 1940 race, follow-up on Lewis Strange “The Vision” photograph, 1946 AAA Championship Carseason (the “Big Car” races as part of the championship).

Tuesday April 7: (Special edition of TOGA on Trackside): Donald Davidson joined “Trackside with Curt Cavin & Kevin Lee” for a special episode of “The Talk of Gasoline Alley” during the COVID-19 pandemic. All questions were Twitter submitted and there were no live callers. Kevin Lee hosted the program while Donald joined the program via telephone and the TOGA segment was aired during the second hour of the program.

Follow-up on the Harvest Auto Racing Classic in 1916, Marmon on display at Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, also racing at Rockford Speedway and the Chicago World’s Fair, color of the Marmon Wasp on the film “The Crucible of Speed”, J.C. Agajanian (inlcuding Evel Knievel), history of public address announcers at the 500.

Thursday 5-7-2020: Mike from Vernon Hills is first for the abridged month of May, John Martin (includes the Sea Snack Shrimp Cocktail Special), Jim Hurtubise on Bump Day 1978, Eddie Rickenbacker (inlcudes the Maxwell team and purchasing the Speedway), Johnny Thomson (Dave in Marion), Basement Bessie, Eddie Cheever, Bill Simpson, Al Bloemker, traditions missed (former winners’ lap during pre-race ceremonies), follow up on Rick Mears driving for Bill Simpson, Bobby Johns.

Thursday 5-14-2020: Radio broadcasting crew assignments (1982, etc.) Paul Russo, the White Front is for sale, Basement Bessie, 1971 Frank Fiore and Denny Zimmerman entry, Andy Granatelli, the book “They Call Me Mr. 500”, Donald’s best memories, Bob Harkey (Dave from Marion), using sponsor’s products/passing in turn 1 & 3 vs. 2 & 4/most talented drivers (mostly not answered), Jim Clark

Thursday 5-21-2020: Louis “Sonny” Meyer Jr. (Mike in Vernon Hills), Meyer/Drake Engineering and the Offenhauser engine, Billy DeVore, Duke Nalon, Pete Dye, Speedway golf course, Ralph DePalma and John DePalma (Paul in Racine), racing in the rain in pre-WWII years, older cars winning the race.

Thursday 5-28-2020: Drivers that attended Arsenal Tech High School, spectators visiting the track on the day the race was supposed to be held (May 24), Ferrari history at Indy, Alberto Ascari, the Indy 500 paying points towards the World Championship of Drivers, Tony Hulman’s athletics (Paul in Racine), Rudolf Caracciola recuperating with Tony Hulman, Johnny Parsons (Jr.), Johnny Rutherford in 1983, Nigel Mansell, Lou Palmer.

Monday 6-29-2020: (Brickyard 400/GMR Grand Prix week) Co-host Kevin Lee, Jack McGrath (Paul in Racine), 1956 Ford 24-hour stock car endurance record run attempt, USAC Stock Car tests and proposed USAC Stock Car race at Indianapolis, Nichels Engineering Endurance Run, endurance races/sports car races at Indianapolis, 1909 original IMS road course plans, Bobby Allison at Indy.

Tuesday 6-30-2020: (Brickyard 400/GMR Grand Prix week) Co-host Kevin Lee, The Race of Two Worlds at Monza Italy, Bob Laycock (Paul in Racine), Mike Thomsen (Curator of Media and Historical Archives at IMS Museum) joins the program to discuss the discovery and restoration of the original radio broadcasts of the 1957 & 1958 Race of Two Worlds, Bobby Johns at Indy.

Wednesday 7-1-2020: (Brickyard 400/GMR Grand Prix week) Bill Alsup and other New England are drivers (also 1979 controversy, Sam Posey, Jackie Stewart, Daniel M. Buechlein giving the Invocation reciting “Godspeed” in the language of starting drivers, Eldon Rassmussen in 1975 with Father O’Connor, Rene Dreyfus and Rene Le Begue in the 1940 race, Eddie Johnson, Marshall Teague.

Thursday 7-2-2020: (Brickyard 400/GMR Grand Prix week) Hugh Downs testing a car in 1971 (Mike in Vernon Hills), other tire manufacturers (Jerry in Delphi), Lou Sparks, Johnny Carson driving the Turbine in 1967, Jay Leno and David Letterman ties to Indy, Kevin Calabro, Dave Calabro, Johnny Mantz.

Friday 7-3-2020: (Brickyard 400/GMR Grand Prix week) Co-host Greg Rakestraw, James Garner at Indy, Paul Goldsmith, follow up on Nichels Engineering run, George Salih putting cigar holder loops in the car for Jimmy Bryan in 1958, USAC Stock Car 1963 Yankee 300 at Indianapolis Raceway Park (Dave from Marion), Gene Harrington (father of Scott Harrington) at the Yankee 300, Jim Malloy, Dale Earnhardt (Sr.)

Wednesday 8-5-2020:

Thursday 8-6-2020:

Friday 8-7-2020:

Saturday 8-8-2020: No show

Sunday 8-9-2020: No show

Monday 8-10-2020: No show due to Pacers game

Tuesday 8-11-2020:

Wednesday 8-12-2020:

Thursday 8-13-2020:

Friday 8-14-2020:

Saturday 8-15-2020: Time Trials

Sunday 8-16-2020: Time Trials

Monday 8-17-2020:

Tuesday 8-18-2020:

Wednesday 8-19-2020:

Thursday 8-20-2020:

Friday 8-21-2020: (Carb Day)

Saturday 8-22-2020:

Sunday 8-23-2020: Race Day drive home show

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