Pit Pass USA with Larry Henry Tuesday, April 13, 2010
April 13, 2010
Hosted by Larry Henry
Back from our live special broadcast on the PowerUp Motorsports Channel at PIR, on this week’s regular show I’ll talk to Houston NHRA Funny Car winner Matt Hagan, IndyCar driver Justin Wilson, ARCA Racing Series Salem winner from Sunday Steve Harpin and The Captain, Roger Penske, which was part of our live broadcast from Phoenix. This is a show you don’t want to miss.
Pit Pass USA with Larry Henry
Wednesday at 4 PM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Sports Channel
Pit Pass USA is about all forms of racing. Pit Pass USA prides itself on not just being about Nascar or IndyCar or NHRA, or any one particular series.
Pit Pass USA has conversations, not interviews with drivers, owners, crew chiefs, series officials, crew members and even the media. We want to hear their story, find out what makes them tick, and get their viewpoint on the sport.
One thing that we strive for on Pit Pass USA is bringing the untold story to race fans. That’s why one of our key goals is to talk to those that may not get much media attention but are working just as hard as the stars of the sport to make their dreams come true.
Pit Pass USA is broadcast live every Wednesday at 4 PM Pacific Time on the Power Up Motorsports Series on the VoiceAmerica Sports Channel.
Larry is a lifetime member of the radio and TV broadcast community who has used his wit, charm, and voice to carve out a 20 year career in a top 10 U.S. market and 40 year career overall.
During his career, Larry has provided exciting play-by-play for the University of Michigan basketball and football which included broadcasting three different NCAA Men's Basketball Championship games.
The Detroit Lions asked Larry to be their pre-season television voice for several seasons and the Detroit Pistons used his talents for radio play-by-play also.
Auto racing has always been a passion of Larry's and he had the honor of being a member of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network broadcasting 15 Indy 500s from 1980 thru 1995. He continued his association with racing doing radio and television for Championship Auto Racing Teams. Currently he hosts a custom podcast weekly for Ford Racing entitled "This Week in Ford Racing” along with his own show Pit Pass USA.
On race weekends at Michigan International Speedway, you’ll hear Larry as the track announcer there. He is also announcer at Daytona International Speedway for the July Nascar weekend.
Larry knows many of the drivers and owners in Nascar, IndyCar, NHRA, USAC, ARCA and other series on a first name basis. He was there when Chip Ganassi first stepped into an IndyCar and considers Roger Penske a friend.
He is also a long time member of the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association and the National Motorsports Press Association.
Canadian native driving in ARCA Series for Venturini Motorsports. Guest Steve Alprin
Sun Trust Racing co-driver in Grand-Am Road Racing Series. 2005 Daytona 24 hours and Grand-Am Series Champion. Guest Max Angelelli
Hector Arana—Veteran of the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Motorcyle Ranks who set a national record in 2009 and won the US Nationals at Indianapolis. Guest Hector Arana
Darrell Basham—60 year old truck driver by trade and ARCA Re/Max Series regular. Had best season in 1976 when he finished 7th in points. Hails from Henryville, Indiana. Guest Darrell Basham
Kenny Bernstein—American drag racing legend known as “The King of Speed” First to top 300 MPH Guest Kenny Bernstein
2005 Rally America Rookie of the Year and 3x medalist at X Games in Rally Cross. Guest Ken Block
Jason Bowles—2007 Nascar Camping World Series West Rookie of the Year Guest Jason Bowles
Kenny Brack—Swedish-born driver who won the Indianapolis 500 in 1999 and was the CART champion in 1998. Guest Kenny Brack
Colin Braun—2008 Raybestos Rookie of the Year in the Nascar Camping World Truck Series and current driver in that series for Roush-Fenway Racing. Guest Colin Braun
2004 Nascar Sprint Cup Champion & driver of the #2 Miller Lite Dodge for Roger Penske Guest Kurt Busch
Kyle Busch—Nascar Sprint Cup/Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series driver Guest Kyle Busch
Andrew Caddell—Two time champion of the Ford Mustang Challenge Series. 21 year old driver who has 59 career victories in all forms of racing. Guest Andrew Caddell
Ed Carpenter--The 2009 IndyCar Series season marks Ed Carpenter's sixth year in the series after making his debut at Chicagoland Speedway in 2003. He returns to Vision Racing for the team’s fifth season of competition and will carry the unmistakable Day-glow yellow Menards sponsorship for a second consecutive season. Guest Ed Carpenter
Helio Castroneves is 3 a time Indianapolis 500 winner Guest Helio Castroneves
Angelique Chengelis--Longtime motorsports writer for the Detroit News, became an analyst for ESPN and ABC’s coverage of NASCAR in 2007 Guest Angelique Chengelis
2nd year IndyCar driver for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Guest Mike Conway
Dale Coyne—IndyCar team owner and former series driver. Started as driver/owner in 1984. Guest Dale Coyne
Editor of The Daly Planet Blog covering Nascar television coverage. Guest John Daly
Brad Daugherty—Basketball star at UNC and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Nascar broadcaster for ESPN and a Nascar team owner with JTG Daugherty Racing. Guest Brad Daugherty
Gil deFerran—2003 Indy 500 winner and 2000 & 2001 CART Champion. Owner/driver of LMP1 effort in ALMS. Guest Gil DeFerran
Mike Delahanty—Ford Racing Short Track Program Manager Guest Mike Delahanty
Patrick Dempsey—Star of “Gray’s Anatomy” and accomplished sports car racer Guest Patrick Dempsey
Scott Dixon—2008 Indy 500 winner and two-time IndyCar Series Champion Guest Scott Dixon
Ron Drager—ARCA Re/Max Series President and owner/promoter at Toledo and Flat Rock Speedways. Guest Ron Drager
Dale Earnhardt, Jr
Dale Earnhardt, Jr-Nascar’s Most Popular Driver, son of the late Dale Earnhardt, Sr. and current driver for Hendrick Motorsports Guest Dale Earnhardt, Jr
2009 NHRA Pro Stock Champion. Guest Mike Edwards
Andreas Erikkson—Driver/owner Olsbergs Motorsport Evolution and 4-time Swedish Rally Champion. Guest Andreas Erikkson
Jon Fogarty—Co-driver with Alex Gurney of the #99 Gainsco car in the Grand-Am Rolex Series . The two won the Daytona Prototype crown in 2007. Guest Jon Fogarty
Ashley Force Hood—Daughter of 14-time NHRA Champion John Force. Third year as Funny Car driver. Currently third in points. Guest Ashley Force
John Force—14 time NHRA Funny Car Champion and owner of John Force Racing that has 4 entries in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series. Guest John Force
Ashley Force Hood
2009 NHRA Funny Car series runner-up Guest Ashley Force Hood
Lewis Franck—Award winning journalist and motorsports contributor to ESPN.com. Guest Lewis Franck
Vaughn Gittin, Jr
Formula Drift 8 year veteran. Guest Vaughn Gittin, Jr
Marcus Gronberg—2-time World Rally Driving Champion Guest Marcus Gronberg
2nd full season in NHRA Funny Car division driving the Die Hard Dodge for Don Schumacher Racing. Guest Matt Hagan
Andrew Hagen—Australian native driving for Brad Keselowski Racing in the Super Late Model Series. Moved to USA in 2008 to continue to pursue a racing career. Guest Andrew Hagen
Mike Harris—AP National Motorsports correspondent Guest Mike Harris
Bryan Herta--One of only three drivers in history to win a race in the IndyCar Series, the ALMS and CART and now owns Indy Lights team with Steve Newey. Guest Bryan Herta
2009 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Funny Car Champion Guest Robert Hight
J.R. Hildrebrand-2009 Firstone Indy Lites Champion Guest J.R. Hildrebrand
David Hobbs-30-year history of international driving experience at all levels of motor sports, including sports car, touring cars,I ndy cars, IMSA and Formula One Currently F-1 analyst on Speed Guest David Hobbs
Ron Hornaday, Jr.—All time Nascar Camping World Truck Series winner. 3-time NCWTS champion. Guest Ron Hornaday
Brian Ickler-Former Score driver now driving #51 Billy Ballew machine in NCWTS Guest Brian Ickler
Allen Johnson—Started racing the NHRA Pro Stock division in 1999. Earned his best season points finish, 4th, in 2007. Guest Allen Johnson
Levi Jones—Two-time USAC Sprint Car Champion. Drives for Tony Stewart Racing. Guest Levi Jones
Leh Keen—25 year old has competed in Grand-Am Rolex Series since 2004 Guest Leh Keen
New Penske Racing driver in Nascar’s Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series in 2009. Finished 3rd in 2008 and 2009 in Nationwide Series points. Guest Brad Keselowski
Brian Keselowski—Nationwide series driver and team owner. Older brother of Nascar Nationwide Series Most Popular Driver Brad Keselowski. Guest Brian Keselowski
Parker Kligerman-ARCA Re/Max Series rookie who is in his first ever year of stock car racing and is a developmental driver for Roger Penske. Makes Nascar Nationwide debut in two weeks at Kansas. Guest Parker Kligerman
Jason Leffler—Currently 4th in the Nascar Nationwide Series for Braun Racing and a three-time USAC Midget Champion. Guest Jason Leffler
Justin Lofton—23 year old former hill climb and off-road racing driver now driving for Eddie Sharp Racing in the ARCA Re/Max Series. Leads points in series. Guest Justin Lofton
Dustin Long—Veteran Nascar writer for Hampton Roads Newspapers and The Virginian-Pilot Guest Dustin Long
Patrick Long—Youngest ever winner of the 24 Hours of LeMans..longtime Porsche factory driver. Speaks four different languages. Guest Patrick Long
Alison MacLeod—20 year old is the winningest woman driver in USAC history. Guest Alison MacLeod
England native who is in her second year racing in the Firestone Indy Lights Series for Sam Schmidt Motorsports Guest Pippa Mann
Bob Margolis—Freelance journalist and author. Currently working on a book about Nascar team owner and industrialist Jack Roush. Guest Bob Margolis
Cory McClenathan drives Fram Top Fuel Dragster in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series for Don Schumacher Racing. 36 career wins and finished 3rd in 2008/. Justin Allgaier—2008 ARCA Re/Max Series Champion. Five-time quarter midge champion by the age of 12. Derek Daly-Former Formula One and IndyCar driver. Became racing television commentator and now is an author and speaker. Guest Cory McClenathan
Allan McNish—Factory driver for Audi in ALMS. Three-time ALMS champion and two-time 24 Hour of Le Mans victor. Guest Allan McNish
Joel Miller—21 year old driver in Star Mazda Series and former US National ICA Karting Champion Guest Joel Miller
Named USAC President in December 2007. Came to USAC from Chrysler where he was Senior Manager Mopar Brand Marketing. Guest Kevin Miller
Robin Miller— Covered motorsports at The Indianapolis Star from 1969-2000, named assistant sports editor in 1984 and associate sports editor in 1989. Worked for ESPN from 2001-2003 on RPM2Night and ESPN.com. Also covered Indy car racing for Autoweek, Autosport, Car & Driver and On Track magazines during the past 35 years. Now works for Speed. Guest Robin Miller
Brett Moffitt—16 year-old Nascar Camping World East driver who became youngest driver ever to claim a series win. Guest Brett Moffitt
Johnny O’Connell—Veteran road racer and 3-time ALMS GT-1 Champion Guest Johnny O’Connell
John Oreovicz—Veteran motorsports journalist currently covering IndyCar for ESPN.com Guest John Oreovicz
Stephen Page—Co-creator of the Vintage Racing League and its 30,000 strong member online community. Guest Stephen Page
15-time Indianapolis 500 winning owner, Nascar team owner and a former race car driver. Also operates 2 billion dollar Penske Corporation. Guest Roger Penske
2010 Daytona NCWTS winner Guest Timothy Peters
Nelson Piquet, JR.
Son of three-time Formula One World Champion Nelson Piquet. Race in F-1 in 2008 and 2009. Made his Nascar debut at Daytona this February in the Camping World Truck Series finishing 6th. Guest Nelson Piquet, JR.
8-time sports car champion and Grand-Am Rolex Daytona Prototype driver for Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. Also children’s book author. Guest Scott Pruett
David Ragan—Nascar Sprint Cup driver for Roush-Fenway Racing. Grabbed his first Nationwide Series win at Talladega in 2009 and then a second career victory at Bristol. Guest David Ragan
Bobby Rahal—1986 Indianapolis 500 winner and 3 time CART Champion Guest Bobby Rahal
David Reutimann—Became the latest driver to win his first Nascar Sprint Cup Race at the Coca-Cola 600 Labor Day weekend at Lowes Motor Speedway. He’s become known as “The Franchise” at Michael Waltrip Racing. Guest David Reutimann
Jim Sassorossi—Director-Mopar Global Parts Sales and Marketing Guest Jim Sassorossi
Oriol Servia—Spanish born Indy Car driver who was the 1999 Indy Lights Champion beating Casey Mears. Was Champ Car winner at Montreal in 2005. Guest Oriol Servia
Melanie Snow—2009 IMSA Patron GT3 Challenge and ALMS Challenge Champion along with ALMS 2009 Rookie of the year. Guest Melanie Snow
Lee Spencer—Veteran Nascar columnist for Fox Sports.com Guest Lee Spencer
Alex Tagliani-‘Tag,’ as he’s known in the racing world, moved up the Canadian racing ladder become one of the most successful drivers in the Atlantic Series before moving up the Champ Car World Series Guest Alex Tagliani
Bob Tasca III
Grandson of legendary drag race Bob Tasca, Sr. Broke through with his first NHRA Funny Car win in 2009 at Gainesville, FL. Guest Bob Tasca III
Wayne Taylor—Grand-Am Daytona Prototype team owner and driver and two-time Daytona 24 hour winner as a driver. Guest Wayne Taylor
Paul Tracy—“The Thrill from West Hill” was 2003 Champ Car Series Champion and finished 2nd in disputed 2002 Indy 500 finish. Guest Paul Tracy
Al Unser, Jr.
Al Unser, Jr.—Son of 4-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser and a two-time Indianapolis 500 winner himself. Guest Al Unser, Jr.
Susan Wade—Drag Racing Columnist National Speed Sport Magazine. Guest Susan Wade
Kenny Wallace—Nascar Nationwide driver and co-host of Speed’s Race Day and Victory Lane Guest Kenny Wallace
Tim Wilkerson—NHRA Funny Car veteran who finished second in the points in 2008. Guest Tim Wilkerson
Two-time winner in IndyCar series. 2009 gave longtime team owner Dale Coyne first career victory at Watkins Glen. Guest Justin Wilson
Brian Wolfe—Director of Ford Racing and a licensed drag racer. Guest Brian Wolfe
Eddie Wood—Co-owner of the famous #21 Motorcraft Ford Fusion in the Nascar Sprint Cup Series Guest Eddie Wood
Smokey Young—Former USAF pilot who flew F-111 Stealth Bomber. 2003 Formula 1 Air Racing Rooke of the Year. Guest Smokey Young