Guests for Tuesday October 8th on the Autosportradio.com 2019 Show

The Autosportradio.com 2019 Show presented by Honda and HPD, Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the NTT IndyCar Series and the SVRA will stream live on  Tuesday October 8th live from McGilvery’s Speedway 3009 No. High School Road beginning at 7PM EST.

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Scheduled guests..

                                                      

Conor Daly

Conor was made 7 starts for several time throught the 1019 NTT IndyCar Series. Has he shown what he is capable of and deserving of a full season? Below is his 2019 season…

  • Joined Andretti Autosport for the 2019 Indianapolis 500, finishing 10th. Will join Andretti Autosport again for the season finale at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.
  • Joined Carlin for four races and Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports for Portland
  • Has wins in both Star Mazda (now Indy Pro 2000) and Indy Lights competition and won the 2010 Indy Pro 2000 title
  • Has tested an F1 car for Force India. Won at Barcelona in GP3 and was the inaugural MRF Challenge Series champion in Indy

Back by popular request…

Bill Simpson 

When 18-year-old Bill Simpson crashed his dragster in 1958, it may have been the most fortuitous wreck in the history of automobile racing.

That incident left Simpson in a California hospital bed with two badly broken arms, assorted bruises and plenty of recovery time to daydream.

“Until then, I was like most drivers,” Simpson recalls. “The only time I thought about safety was after I’d been hurt. This time, I was hurt bad enough to do a lot of thinking.”

That was when auto racing got lucky.

A handful of drag racers had experimented with war-surplus parachutes as a means of slowing their cars. Simpson went further, researching fabrics and designing some of the sport’s first purpose-built parachutes. He hung out his shingle as Simpson Drag Chutes.

NHRA legend Tom McEwen says, “I remember Bill in that garage, sitting at his sewing machine. I didn’t know if he was going to be successful, but I was hoping really hard that he was going to keep going, because we needed a guy like him who was interested in safety.”

Simpson kept going. Over time he diversified his line, making everything from gloves and shoes to helmets and restraint systems. Perhaps his biggest contribution came in 1967 when, through NASA astronaut and racing buff Pete Conrad, he was introduced to a temperature-resistant DuPont fabric called Nomex. Simpson used it to produce what became racings first true “fire suit,” and that May he took a prototype example to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where it was an instant sensation.

“Come race day,” he says, “there were something like 30 Nomex suits on the grid, and they all said ‘Simpson’ on the sleeve. I was pretty proud of that. Still am.”

Since that time, he has been a leading light maybe the leading light in the racing safety business, marketing his products for decades under an eponymous label and more recently via his new concern, Impact Racing.

For much of that time he lived a dual life, developing safety equipment while continuing to race in a variety of categories: dragsters gave way to SCCA formula cars, and by the end of the ’60s Simpson was a fixture on the Indy car circuit. In 1974 he experienced “the highlight of my race-driving life” when he qualified for his only Indianapolis 500 (he started 20th, finished 13th). But his driving days came to an end in 1977, on an Indy practice lap, when he found himself “thinking about a phone call I was supposed to make, and about some material I needed to purchase.” The lapse in concentration so unnerved Simpson that he climbed from the cockpit and announced, “You will never see me sit in one of these things again.”

Although Simpson has had many honors bestowed on him over the years, the endorsements he treasures most come from the racers he has known and helped, and they surely number in the thousands. Says three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Johnny Rutherford, “If there was ever a humanitarian award for all of motorsports, Simpson would certainly be one of the recipients.”

He is inducted in the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.

His devotion to racing safety may have started with a sudden thump, but Bill Simpson’s impact on motorsports will last forever.

     Jim Voyles

Every so often, while he’s bouncing from garage to garage, chit-chatting with A.J. Foyt about his dirt-track exploits or reminiscing with Dario Franchitti about their favorite driver (Jim Clark), Jim Voyles has to pinch himself.

Guys like Foyt and Franchitti are the racing icons he once idolized and admired from afar. Now they’re his friends. And they’re inviting him into their garages.

“Sometimes I feel like I’m not supposed to be here,” Voyles told IndyStar recently. “To be around these guys, and for me to be out there and be a part of that — I just try to be respectful of it and the people who are working there.

“I feel it’s the same in the courtroom. That’s my business place, and that’s where I work. They’re the same way there as I am in the garage. Of course most of them are too scared to come to the courtroom with me (laughs). But that’s a little different story.”

Guys like Foyt and Franchitti are the racing icons he once idolized and admired from afar. Now they’re his friends. And they’re inviting him into their garages.

“Sometimes I feel like I’m not supposed to be here,” Voyles told IndyStar recently. “To be around these guys, and for me to be out there and be a part of that — I just try to be respectful of it and the people who are working there.

“I feel it’s the same in the courtroom. That’s my business place, and that’s where I work. They’re the same way there as I am in the garage. Of course most of them are too scared to come to the courtroom with me (laughs). But that’s a little different story.”

But most of his business with these stars of the sport isn’t criminal law, Voyles’ specialty.

“They haven’t wandered into the serious areas of what I represent,” Voyles said. “But as a result of some of my friendships, I’ve helped some teams on minor matters. I suspect because I’m such a fan, and I’m always around, and I’m a lawyer, they go, ‘Hey here’s a lawyer, let’s ask him.’

“But honestly, I’ve never married the two. I try to keep them separate.”

That’s because Voyles is a die-hard racing fan. And when he’s at the track, that’s all he wants to be. He’s been to dozens of dirt tracks across the country and these days travels to as many IndyCar races as his schedule allows. While he’s there, he tries never to talk shop. 

See you Tuesday at McGilvery’s Speedway