Women racers have played an important role since in our podcast since it was launched as the drivers, team owners, engineers, media members and series leaders have shared their stories and expertise with our listeners. More than 40 of our Marshall Pruett Podcast episodes have featured women racers from all kinds of paddocks and disciplines, and we’ll keep adding to the growing list of guests as we celebrate the sport’s important and ongoing evolution.
MP 1247: Catching Up With Race Engineer Danielle Shepherd
March 22, 2022
New 12 Hours of Sebring race-winning engineer Danielle Shepherd from Cadillac Chip Ganassi Racing joins us for an episode of ‘Catching Up With’ to discuss her rise in the sport, educational background, success as part of two Ganassi IndyCar championships, and her first win as a race engineer in IMSA with Earl Bamber, Alex Lynn, and Neel Jani in the No. 02 Cadillac DPi-V.R.
MP 1219: Catching Up With IndyCar Driver Tatiana Calderon
January 18, 2022
It’s our short-form interview show ‘Catching Up With’ featuring new A.J. Foyt Racing IndyCar driver Tatiana Calderon, who will make her rookie debut on road and street courses in 2022.
MP 1212: Beth Paretta, My Racing Life & Career Part 1
December 30, 2021
Get to know automotive executive, championship-winning factory racing program leader, and Paretta Autosport IndyCar team owner Beth Paretta in the first of a two-part My Racing Life & Career interview.
MP 1211: Beth Paretta, My Racing Life & Career, Part 2
December 30, 2021
An emotional and raw conclusion to Beth Paretta’s My Racing Life & Career interview.
MP 1209: Elana Scherr, My Racing Life & Career
December 27, 2021
She’s a writer, reporter, author, mechanic, and racer. Get to know the awesome Elana Scherr.
MP 1178: Catching Up With W Series Championship Leader Alice Powell
October 21, 2021
W Series championship leader Alice Powell joins us ahead of the title-deciding season finale at Circuit of The Americas to discuss her career and ambitions, which include reaching the NTT IndyCar Series.
MP 1136: The Week In IndyCar, July 14, with Cara Adams
July 14, 2021
It’s The Week In IndyCar guest show featuring Cara Adams, Firestone’s director of race tire engineering and manufacturing, using listener-driven comments and questions covering a variety of topics submitted by fans via Twitter, Facebook, and Reddit.
Of the many items explored, Adams shares insights on the rise of women in technical roles in IndyCar, the causes of tire degradation, how track and ambient temperatures affect tire performance, whether PJ1 traction compound will continue to be a nuisance, the difference between scrubbed and used tires, and more.
MP 1126: Catching Up With Sabre Cook
June 24, 2021
Get to know American open-wheel racer Sabre Cook, who returns to the W Series for a second season to represent the USA, in our short-form interview series ‘Catching Up With’ from an interview captured at the beginning of 2021.
MP 1074: Getting To Know Lee Anne Patterson
March 29, 2021
Get to know Lee Anne Patterson, one of the few women working in IndyCar during the 1990s. Prior to IndyCar, Patterson led promotions at Sonoma Raceway and ran the Shelby Can-Am feeder series, then took part in her first Indy 500 in 1996 as a team co-owner, helped introduce Sam Schmidt to IndyCar and launch Sam’s team–known as Arrow McLaren SP today–in 2001, and is working with an Indy Autonomous Challenge team from her home state of Georgia.
MP 1055: Getting To Know Jamie Chadwick
March 7, 2021
Get to know Jamie Chadwick, the inaugural champion in the W Series, co-driver of the new Veloce Racing Extreme E entry, and Williams F1 development driver.
MP 1047: Live at Monterey with Jordan Taylor, Katherine Legge, and Ryan Eversley
February 22, 2021
Take a trip back to the Monterey IMSA weekend in 2019 where a small, live podcast was held with Jordan Taylor, Katherine Legge, and Ryan Eversley. Of the various topics discussed, podcasts, social media, and fan interaction are common themes explored by the three.
MP 1027: Catching Up With GM’s Laura Wontrop Klauser
January 26, 2021
Get to know Laura Wontrop Klauser, the veteran Cadillac Racing program manager who was recently promoted by General Motors to the new role of Sports Car Racing Program Manager, which includes oversight of Corvette Racing, as she visits us for an episode of Catching Up With on The Marshall Pruett Podcast.
MP 1022: The Week In IndyCar, Jan 20, with Simona de Silvestro
January 20, 2021
Simona de Silvestro calls into The Week In IndyCar show to discuss her new Indy 500 opportunity with Paretta Autosport in the No. 16 Chevy to be run by Team Penske, working with Penske’s four drivers, driving for Beth Paretta, representing Porsche in sports cars, and more, using listener-driven questions submitted by fans via Twitter, Facebook, and Reddit.
MP 1020: Catching Up With Katherine Legge and Christina Nielsen
January 19, 2021
Katherine Legge and Christina Nielsen return to The Marshall Pruett Podcast to discuss their new opportunity in IMSA with Porsche and Team Hardpoint EBM in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GT Daytona class.
MP 1016: Catching Up With Lyn St. James
January 14, 2021
Racing pioneer Lyn St. James makes her return to the Marshall Pruett Podcast with insights on being honored for her life’s work at the upcoming Amelia Island Concours, the growth of women racers across the globe, and the fresh outlook she’s developed on the W Series.
MP 1010: Storytelling Special Feature Part 3
January 6, 2021
We’re closing our celebrations for the milestone of reaching 1000 episodes of The Marshall Pruett Podcast with the third and final storytelling feature.
Three new guests join in with Willy T Ribbs, Ed Justice Jr, and we say farewell with an epic tale from the great Harley Cluxton who spins a legal yarn involving the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a two-time 24 Hours of Le Mans-winning car, and a Mission Impossible adventure with an eight-figure payday.
MP 1000: Storytelling Special Feature Part 1
December 21, 2020
We’re celebrating the milestone of reaching 1000 episodes of The Marshall Pruett Podcast with a series of storytelling features.
More than 40 favorite tales were captured from a wide array of legendary and infamous characters in racing, and they’ve been cut down to size and spread across three special episodes.
The first takes us from the Indy 500 to Le Mans to Formula 1 and back as some of our most popular guests and friends of the show uncorked 15 gems, all to make Episode 1000 a memorable one.
MP 979: Catching Up With W Series CEO Catherine Bond Muir
November 13, 2020
W Series CEO Catherine Bond Muir joins us for a discussion on the addition of the all-female open-wheel series to Formula 1’s 2021 calendar, the series’ development since its launch in 2019, its growth and new opportunities created by partnering with F1, and an interest in expanding the series into new markets, including North America.
MP 923: Catching Up With Ayla Agren
August 21, 2020
Norway’s Ayla Agren headed for America with dreams of racing her way up the Road To Indy and landing a ride in the NTT IndyCar Series. Despite her obvious talent, a lack of consistent sponsorship ended her time on the American open-wheel ladder following the 2017 USF2000 season. Undeterred she’s continued to work at finding a way to revive her dream. Selected as one of 20 drivers for the second season of the W Series, Agren will have to wait until the championship resumes after the 2020 calendar was cancelled due to COVID-19.
Her story of humility and perseverance is an inspiring one, and with expertise to offer, she’ll be at the Indy 500 serving as Ben Hanley’s spotter for the No. 81 DragonSpeed Chevy entry. Agren’s goal, however, is to get her career back on track, scale the Road To Indy, and join the field of 33 drivers in a future edition of the Indy 500.
MP 887: Inside The Sports Car Paddock, July 25, with Michele Mouton, Pierre Fillon, Richard Dean and Zak Brown, and Will Owen
July 25, 2020
It’s the return of our Inside The Sports Car Paddock show, and we have four excellent interviews captured by Graham Goodwin during the recent European Le Mans Series race at Paul Ricard, starting with the WRC legend and FIA Women’s Commission leader Michele Mouton. She’s followed by ACO president Pierre Fillon–the man in charge of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
And we close with United Autosports co-owners Richard Dean and Zak Brown, and one of their successful drivers, Will Owen.
MP 881: The Week In IndyCar, July 15, with Cara Adams
July 15, 2020
Cara Adams, Firestone’s director of racing tire engineering and production, makes her return to The Week In IndyCar and answers questions submitted by NTT IndyCar Series fans via social media.
Episode Time Stamps For Select Topics:
Coping with tire production during the pandemic shutdown (starts at 1m55s)
Process of preparing tires for a doubleheader weekend (4m51s)
Creating Indy 500 tires that will cope with August heat (8m07s)
Her work to introduce more young girls and women to racing through STEM (10m16s)
What makes a new tire faster than a used tire? (15m54s)
How did the new aeroscreen change Firestone’s tire engineering plans? (18m59s)
Dealing with traction compound and other brand’s rubber on the racing surface (25m13s)
What super power would she choose to help with her job? (31m14s)
MP 717: Catching Up With Katherine Legge
January 2, 2020
Katherine Legge visits for an episode of Catching Up With to take us inside her 2019 season with Heinricher Racing/Meyer Shank Racing, the surprising move to GEAR/Grasser Racing, and the variety of plans in motion to support the Girls Empowerment Around Racing initiative with teammate Christina Nielsen in the No. 19 Lamborghini Huracan GT3 in IMSA’s WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
MP 615: Catching Up With Shea Holbrook
July 21, 2019
American race car driver driver Shea Holbrook joins us for an extended episode of Catching Up With to share her background and successful career in touring cars, and more recently, how her foray into open-wheel racing in the all-female W Series has been a blend of humbling and educational experiences as the inaugural championship season speeds towards its finale.
MP 581: Cara Adams, My Racing Life and Career
June 3, 2019
Cara Adams, Firestone’s chief motorsports engineer, sits down for an episode of My Racing Life and Career with Marshall Pruett and shares the story of how the Ohio native worked her way up to earn one of the most prestigious jobs in the sport while helping to seed future generations to follow in her footsteps. A fascinating character, Adams’ drive and personality stand out throughout the conversation.
MP 576: Catching Up With Janet Guthrie Documentary Filmmakers Jenna Ricker and Greg Stuhr
May 25, 2019
Jenna Ricker, director of ‘Qualified,’ the new ESPN 30 for 30 documentary on racing pioneer Janet Guthrie, and producer Greg Stuhr visit the Marshall Pruett Podcast to discuss the film and the many choices they made to honor the first woman to qualifying and compete in the Indianapolis 500.
MP 551: The Day At Indy, May 15, with Katie Hargitt
May 16, 2019
IndyCar reporter Katie Hargitt joins us for The Day At Indy to discuss the second day of practice for the Indianapolis 500 where crashes and surprise performances dominated the conversation, and an update on Hargitt’s Fuel The Female STEM initiative closes the conversation.
MP 509: The Week In IndyCar, March 28, with Colton Herta, Kate Gundlach, and Rinus VeeKay
March 28, 2019
It’s another packed episode of The Week In IndyCar as Colton Herta returns for his second visit in seven days after winning the IndyCar Classic at Circuit of The Americas. The Harding Steinbrenner Racing driver takes us inside his busy life since winning at COTA, the new album he’s almost ready to release, and answers great questions submitted via social media in our listener-driven show.
Herta is followed by insights from Scott Dixon’s assistant engineer Kate Gundlach, who helped the Chip Ganassi Racing driver to win his fifth IndyCar championship, and we close the interviews with Holland’s rising star Rinus VeeKay, the reigning Pro Mazda champion, who already has one win in Indy Lights with Juncos Racing and is chasing the $1.2 million advancement prize to become an IndyCar star of the future.
We wrap show with a long list of questions sent in for host and IndyCar reporter Marshall Pruett with everything from Honda engine reliability to listener’s thoughts on the non-use of Formula 1 track limits at COTA’s Turn 19.
Colton Herta (starts at 8m11s)
Kate Gundlach (42m44s)
Rinus VeeKay (1h26m53s)
MP Q&A and Turn 19 Feedback (1h50m57s)
MP 494: The Week In IndyCar, March 5, with Robin Miller and Cara Adams
March 6, 2019
It’s The Week In IndyCar podcast with my colleague Robin Miller to help preview the 2019 season with questions supplied by listeners via social media, and Firestone chief race tire engineer Cara Adams, who takes us inside all the changes and plans for the brand’s IndyCar products across the 17-race calendar.
Robin Miller (starts at 10m00s)
Cara Adams (1h17m24s)
MP 488: Inside The Sports Car Paddock, Feb 26, Asian Le Mans Series Special
February 26, 2019
It’s the sixth installment of the Inside The Sports Car Paddock interview show led by Graham Goodwin from the Asian Le Mans Series season finale in Malaysia where he visits with United Autosports team principal Richard Dean, AsLMS series director Cyrille Taesch Wahlen, LMP3 title contenders Guy Cosmo and Patrick Byrne, Katherine Legge, who was making her LMP3 debut, and Anders Fjordbach, who announced a two-car Dallara LMP2 effort for the 2019-2020 AsLMS season.
Richard Dean (starts at 1m55s)
Cyrille Taesch Wahlen (15m43s)
Guy Cosmo & Patrick Byrne (34m40s)
Katherine Legge (49m28s)
Anders Fjordbach (1h03m09s)
MP 483: Inside The Sports Car Paddock, Feb 18, with Braun, Keating, Riley, and Legge
February 18, 2019
It’s the fourth installment of the Inside The Sports Car Paddock interview show and our guests include CORE autosport race engineer Jeff Braun who tells Marshall Pruett about the fine art of sports car damping by using the upcoming race at Sebring to explore the rules and needs for controlling the ride characteristics of prototypes and GT cars on the bumpy road course.
IMSA team owner/driver Ben Keating is up next to share insights on the Ford GT he purchased to race in June’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, and he’s followed by Bill Riley, who will run the Keating Motorsports GTE-Am effort. We close with Katherine Legge, who called in after winning the all-electric Jaguar I-PACE eTrophy race on Sunday in Mexico City to bring us inside the new series and the career resurgence she’s experiencing in sports cars.
Jeff Braun (starts at 2m54s)
Ben Keating (36m02s)
Bill Riley (55m46s)
Katherine Legge (1h05m38s)
MP 460: Racing To The Front — The Women of Meyer Shank Racing
January 21, 2019
The all-female Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 IMSA team founded by Jackie Heinricher with co-owner Mike Shank, led by drivers Katherine Legge, Simona De Silvestro, Christina Nielsen, and Bia Figueiredo, visits the Marshall Pruett Podcast for a roundtable discussion ahead of their debut at the Rolex 24 At Daytona.
MP 425: The Week In IndyCar, Nov 21, with Cara Adams
November 22, 2018
Firestone chief race tire engineer Cara Adams visits Marshall Pruett’s The Week In IndyCar podcast to answer all manner of questions related to the brand’s racing tires, her start in the sport, whether used IndyCar tires can be acquired from Firestone, which drivers give the best feedback, and more fun submitted by listeners via Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit.
Recent news and Q&A with MP (through 37m13s)
General questions with Cara (starts at 37m51s)
Driver feedback (1h38m59s)
MP 424: Catching Up with Simona De Silvestro
November 18, 2018
Simona De Silvestro makes her first visit to The Marshall Pruett Podcast for a catch-up on life Down Under as an Australian Supercars driver, the challenges she’s faced in switching to tin-tops after a life spent in open-wheel cars, dealing with some of the negativity that has come her way on social media, her post-IndyCar efforts to land a seat in Formula 1, the W Series and her upcoming IMSA debut with an all-female lineup at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, and reflections on her time in IndyCar as well as whether she’d entertain a return to the series in the future.
MP 410: Jackie Heinricher, My Racing Life and Career
October 25, 2018
New IMSA driver/entrant Jackie Heinricher visits the Marshall Pruett Podcast for an episode of My Racing Life and Career to share stories of her upbringing, military service, love for science and the founding of a biotech firm.
Heinricher also details how a late introduction to motor racing has led to partnering with Meyer Shank Racing and Acura for a WeatherTech SportsCar Championship program in 2019 where Katherine Legge will co-drive and a new sponsor will underwrite the effort.
MP 389: The Week In IndyCar, Sept 19, with Scott Dixon, Pato O’Ward and Katie Hargitt
September 20, 2018
New IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon, breakout Sonoma star Patricio O’Ward, and NBCSN IndyCar pit reporter Katie Hargitt visit Marshall Pruett’s The Week In IndyCar podcast to discuss the season finale and answer plenty of listener questions. And what bet did Dixon tell Pruett he’d accept if he wins a sixth IndyCar title?
MP 228: The Week in IndyCar, Dec. 13, with Pippa Mann
December 14, 2017
Six-time Indy 500 starter Pippa Mann joins Marshall Pruett as guest host of the #WeekinIndyCar podcast to discuss the announcement of Michael Shank Racing and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports partnering to field Jack Harvey, the intra-team swap of Marco Andretti and Alexander Rossi, the confirmation of Carlin Racing’s two-car program for Max Chilton and Charlie Kimball, SPM formally abandoning its Indy 500 plans with Didier Calmels and its interest in hiring Le Mans-winning engineer Leena Gade, and the final test days of the year at Sebring that are under way.
The two close by covering almost two hours of fan Q&A as Mann, who took a vocal stand against the FIA’s dubious appointment of Carmen Jorda to its Women in Motorsports Commission, shares her thoughts on the situation and fields a number of impressive questions–along with one that was decidedly unfiltered–during a long stint with MP.
MP 222: The Week in IndyCar, Dec. 7, with Lyn St. James
December 7, 2017
IndyCar veteran Lyn St. James joins Marshall Pruett as guest host of the #WeekinIndyCar podcast to discuss the dimming hopes for Danica Patrick at Chip Ganassi Racing next May at Indy, the unfortunate loss of Jim Nabors, IndyCar’s move to deregulate more spec parts on the Dallara DW12, the loss of IndyCar digital content guru Brian Simpson, Andretti Autosport’s charity garage sale, and Phoenix International Raceway’s throwback plans for its 2018 race.
The two close by covering almost an hour of fan Q&A as St. James lends her experience and insights to everything from how more young women can be introduced to the sport to whether she felt more at home racing Indy cars or brutish Trans-Am machines for Ford and Jack Roush.
MP 211: Who The Hell Are You, Katherine Legge?
November 21, 2017
Katherine Legge is the second victim for our series of 15 weekly episodes of Who The Hell Are You? on the Marshall Pruett Podcast. The Champ Car, IndyCar, and IMSA driver demonstrates her customary grace while answering 50 rapid-fire questions that range from poignant to stupid to silly (with a heavy emphasis on silly and stupid).
Legge’s episode quote: “I really enjoyed this, apart from the last question. My dad is going to listen to this Marshall!”
MP 157: Lyn St James on Her IndyCar/Indy 500 Career
May 25, 2017
Lyn St. James is celebrating the 25th anniversary of her first start at the Indy 500. After sitting down to discuss the origins of her driving career and move into sports cars, St. James is back to visit the Marshall Pruett Podcast and chronicle her long and inspirational journey to arrive in Indy car, her 1992 Indy 500 debut, and all that followed—the positives and negatives–as she transitioned from CART to the Indy Racing League before retiring.
MP 152: 1997’s Strange Indy 500 Field of 35 with Lyn St. James & Johnny Unser
May 20, 2017
The Marshall Pruett Podcast looks back at the bizarre 1997 Indy 500 where the fledgling Indy Racing League reserved 25 grid spots for the field of 33 cars for IRL regulars, forced the rest to vie for the remaining eight positions, and then allowed two extra cars to join the race after being bumped from the field. We speak with the Lyn St. James and Johnny Unser–the 34th and 35th drivers–about the chaos at Indy on its 20th anniversary.
MP 71: Lyn St. James, My Racing Life and Career, Part 1
November 12, 2016
She raced and won in IMSA, scored a popular GTO class victory at the 24 Hours of Daytona, competed at the Indy 500 and 24 Hours of Le Mans, called Bruce Jenner a teammate, overcame significant prejudice while developing her career, crawled through burning wreckage after flying hundreds of feet in a terrifying GTP crash, and broke new ground for women in boardrooms and sponsorship opportunities.
A badass in every sense, Lyn St. James shares her incredible life and story as a racecar driver with the Marshall Pruett Podcast.