Ep. 185: Oriol Servia

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The IndyCar veteran and 11-time starter in the Indianapolis 500 reflecting on his career (1:30); another way to look at Servia’s struggles with keeping a full-time ride and sponsor in recent seasons (3:30); the record that he holds in IndyCar for number of teams (5:00); did you know cats in Spain actually have fewer lives? (6:00); some similarities between racing and the movie industry (7:00); how it feels for Servia to jump into the IndyCar Series once annually (9:00); the very cool Salvador Dali connection to the Spaniard’s career and helmet (10:00); trying to encapsulate all the changes Servia has seen through two decades of Champ Car, the Indy Racing League and IndyCar (14:00); thoughts on why the IndyCar business model seems to work (16:30); and the evolution of sponsorship and how companies used it in racing (17:30); what Jay Frye and Mark Miles bring to IndyCar leadership (19:00); and how they might differ from previous regimes (22:00); a view on managing international series expansion (23:30); how one first-year team underscores the competitiveness of IndyCar (25:30); Servia’s engineering background (27:30); the erudite reason that Servia loves racing (28:45); some insight into being a pace car driver and his thoughts on the infamous crash last year at Detroit (30:00); Servia’s burning desire to win the Indy 500 and what he’s learned to love about it beyond the driving (31:00); how much longer he might race the Brickyard (34:30).

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