Episode 10: A.J. Foyt, Al Unser, Rick Mears, Roger Penske
The History of the 500 (2013)
Episode 1: Introduction, Carl Fisher, construction of the track & 1909-1910 races, the 1911 race
Episode 2: The races from 1912 to 1941
Episode 3: Post-World Wat II years (1946-1949) and the 1950s
Episode 4: The 1960s, Donald Davidson, British Invasion/car changes, Mario Andretti
Episode 5: The 1970s, the 1973 race, Johnny Rutherford, celebrities at Indy
Episode 6: The 1980s, ABC-TV at Indy, Car owners, Unser family
Episode 7: The 1990s, the CART/IRL Split, Rick Mears, Formula One drivers at Indy
Episode 8: The 2000s, Dan Wheldon, female drivers, Tom Carnegie
Episode 9: The “Voices of the 500” – Sid Collins, Paul Page, Bob Jenkins, and Mike King
Episode 10: “Mythbusters” – Dispelling urban legends of Indy 500 history
Episode 11: Bob Sweikert, Troy Ruttman, Jimmy Bryan, Bill Vukovich
Episode 12: The Indianapolis 500 career of Parnelli Jones
Episode 13: The Indianapolis 500 career of A.J. Foyt
Episode 14: The original 1953 Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network broadcast is recovered “from the vault,” celebrating sixty years since its original airing.
Episode 15: The Indianapolis 500 career of Bobby Unser
Heroes of the 500 (2014)
Episode 1: “Family Ties”
Family participation at the Indy 500. Including the Andretti family, Unser family, father and sons, the Vukovich family, the Bettenhausen family, brothers, Dick and Jim Rathmann, other selected family participation.
Episode 1: “Second to One”
The second place finishers of Indy history. Featuring Ralph Mulford, Harry Hartz, Earl DeVore/Norman Batten, Howdy Wilcox II, Ted Horn, Rex Mays, Tony Bettenhausen, George Amick, Eddie Sachs, Dan Gurney, Roberto Guerrero, Kevin Cogan, Michael Andretti, Marco Andretti, Scott Goodyear, J.R. Hildebrand. The book “Second to One.”
Episode 2: “One Moment in May”
Famous moments in Indy history. Featuring Danny Sullivan’s ‘Spin-and-Win’ in 1985, the 1991 duel between Rick Mears and Michael Andretti, Scott Goodyear passes the pace car in 1995, J.R. Hildbrand in 2011.
Episode 3: “Racings’s Rated Rookies”
Great rookies in Indy history. Featuring Ray Harroun, Jules Goux, Rene Thomas, Frank Lockhart, George Souders, Juan Pablo Montoya, Helio Castroneves, Danica Patrick, Nigel Mansell, Tim Richmond, Teo Fabi, Jim Hurtubise, rookies that did not complete a lap, Bobby Unser, Parnelli Jones, Mario Andretti, Sage Karam.
Episode 4: “Beyond the Bricks”
Roundtable conversation about Indy history with Mike Thomsen, Robin Miller, Steve Shunck, and Bob Gates. Topics of discussion include Al Unser Sr., the great second place finishers, Danny Sullivan’s spin and win, the 1991 race, Scott Goodyear passing the pace car in 1995, the Penske team bumped in 1995 (“paging Jack Kevorkian”), the “not so greats,” Bob Harkey in 1973, Dario Franchitti.
Episode 4: “Top 10 Car Owners”
Andy Granatelli, Mike Boyle, Harry Hartz, J.C. Agajanian, Michael Andretti, U.E. “Pat” Patrick, Chip Ganassi, Leader Cards (A. J. Watson & Bob Wilkie), Lou Moore, Roger Penske.
Episode 5: “Top 10 Heartbreaks”
Scott Goodyear (1992), Emerson Fittipaldi (1994), Ralph DePalma (1912), Kevin Cogan (1986), Eddie Sachs (1961), Roberto Guerrero (1987), Roberto Guerrero (1992), Michael Andretti (1992), Marco Andretti (2006), J.R. Hildebrand (2011).
Episode 7: “One Moment in May”
The 1967 race with Parnelli Jones driving the Turbine and A.J. Foyt winning his third “500”, the 1987 race where Al Unser Sr. entered the month without a ride and won his record-tying fourth “500”, the 1992 race where Al Unser Jr. drove the Galmer chassis to an unexpected victory on a cold, crash-filled day, holding off Scott Goodyear in the closest finish in Indy history.
Episode 8: “Top 10 Women”
Pippa Mann, Ana Beatriz, Katherine Legge, Simona de Silvestro, Maude “M.A.” Yagle, Sarah Fisher, Lyn St. James, Mari Hulman George, Janet Guthrie, Danica Patrick.
Fred Agabashian Interviews (1961)
Previewing the “Golden Anniversary” of the first 500, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network “driver expert” Fred Agabashian conducts interview with numerous people involved in the race. Episodes include: Introduction, Sid Collins, Joe Quinn, George Salih, Johnny Boyd, Jim Smith (Indianapolis Times), Clarence Cagle, Don Gardner (Champion Spark Plugs), Al Bloemker, Chickie Hiroshima, Indianapolis Mayor Charles H. Boswell, Sam Hanks, Tony Hulman, Harland Fengler.
Eddie Sachs Speech at the Kiwanis Club (1963) (LINK)
In late April 1963, Eddie Sachs gave a speech to the Layfayette Indiana Kiwanis Club. Emcee Phil Hedback of Bryant Heating & Cooling introduces Sachs as the “greatest failure in the history of racing.” Sachs recollects on his experiences about becoming a racing driver. Stories include: Speedway Van Lines and Eddie responsible for shipping the Lotus cars from Detroit to the Speedway, George Souders’ influence on Eddie, Dutch Culp story (sneaking into the pits), going to work for Charlie Sacks (apparently being taught how to “bs” to car owners), driving for Johnny Apple and being the ‘slowest qualifier ever’, I’m a dirt track driver versus I’m an asphalt driver, Eddie’s first chance to drive an Offenhauser at Arizona (blew the engine cranking it up), Eddie’s 1953 rookie test at Indianapolis, “Elknoc” the ambulance driver, finally passing the rookie test in 1955, Q&A session (12″ wheels, laundry bill for the month, do drivers scare themselves to get speed to qualify).