posted on June 30, 2012 12:00
Tech House and Speed by Bill Wood: Episode 125
Guests: Memo Rojas (00:00), Peter Baron (15:04), Vaughn Gittin (26:15), Monster Tajima & Tanner Foust (38:49)
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We tour the world of sports cars this week on Tech House & Speed. We have the winner from last weekend's Grand Am round at Road America. We talk with the team owner who took the LMP2 title at Le Mans. There's the Formula Drift winner from Wall, New Jersey last weekend. And finally we have the European Rallycross winner from Norway and the King of the Mountain from Pikes Peak. It's a Monster show this week!
In Segment One we talk with Memo Rojas who ran to the Rolex DP win at Road America last weekend with teammate Scott Pruett. The win expanded their points lead in the Rolex DP and proved again that the Corvette DPs aren't invincible. In fact they aren't even at the top of the points list or second on the list for that matter. Rojas and Pruett are the defending Rolex DP champions looking for their fourth title in the championship.
In Segment Two we talk with Starworks Motorsports team owner Peter Baron who's team is second in the Grand Am Rolex DP but Starworks leads the World Endurance Championship after wins at Sebring and Le Mans. Baron isn't shy about many things. He's hired stars to drive his cars and did it again putting Sebastien Bourdais in his Ford/Riley DP for The Glen Six Hour this weekend. He also isn't shy about his opinions on the Corvette domination in Rolex DP this season. We learn from a Baron this week.
In Segment Three we talk with 2010 Formula Drift champion Vaughn Gittin this week after his win at Wall Speedway last weekend. The win was his first podium finish in Formula Drift this season. But Gittin has been competing and winning in China where he is defending his 2011 championship this year. The championship, in fact, runs in massive Olympic stadiums in China in front of 50,000 fans. It's an idea that should find a home here in the U.S. At least that's what Gittin thinks. He explains where it might work.
Finally in Segment Four we talk with The King of the Mountain Monster Tajima who has built an electric vehicle to run up Pikes Peak this season. He's The King of the Mountain after breaking the ten minute barrier in his win last season. Tajima-san explains why he turned to an electric prototype for this season. And we have a quick few minutes with European Rallycross winner Tanner Foust who took the round in Norway last weekend. He barely has time to celebrate as he returns to Los Angeles for X Games and the next round of the Global Rallycross this weekend. If you have missed any part of this episode or guest, you can go to iTunes where this and past shows are available for your convenience. Tech House & Speed archives are also available "On Demand" or via RSS syndication at www.ByBillWood.com, www.TechHouseandSpeed.com or at www.RaceFanRadio.com! Enjoy!! TRT: 55:00