This week on Trackside, 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi joins Kevin and Curt in-studio for the first part of the show. The guys preview the upcoming Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta this weekend. Rossi gives his thoughts on the Andretti to Formula 1 rumors and what it could have meant for the Andretti Autosport IndyCar team. We also ask Alex about Colton Herta’s potential move to F1 and the pros and cons of racing in F1. They discuss the changes to the Andretti IndyCar lineup, with Romain Grosjean and Devlin DeFrancesco joining the team. They relive the viral moment between Helio Castroneves and Rossi at the season finale at Long Beach and if he would welcome a “Drive to Survive” type documentary series about IndyCar. Rossi gives his thoughts on bumping in IndyCar races outside of the Indy 500 and if full-time entrants should have a protected qualifying spot in May.
Later in the show, Kevin and Curt discuss the Racer.com report that Kyle Kirkwood will race for A.J. Foyt Racing in 2022 and the potential long-term future for the 2021 Indy Lights champion. They discuss the star-studded rookie class for next year’s Indy 500, including Jimmie Johnson and the possibility of NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Larson giving the 500 a try. Dr. Nasser Hanna from the Indiana University Simon Cancer Center joins us in-studio for an exciting sponsorship announcement with Jackson Lee. To close out the show, Kevin and Curt take listener questions.