Grip Strip Podcast Episode 112 – Pato, Clyde and 305
After a busy weekend of racing and NFL Draft coverage, Phil and Josh return for E112 of the GSP. The guys get into Pato O’Ward’s first IndyCar win of 2022 at Barber and what that means for him and the McLaren team leading into Indianapolis.
The points contenders generally held serve for the exception of three-time Barber winner Josef Newgarden, which saw defending series champion Alex Palou take the points lead. Chevy has won all four races so far and Rinus Veekay took pole and earned a podium leading up to defending his race win at Indy last May in the GMR Grand Prix. All the key story-lines leading up to the Month of May at Indy are covered here.
On the NASCAR side, Monday’s Dover finish saw Clyde gets his first oval win since the 2020 Phoenix finale to give Hendrick four cars with wins and five of the first 11 races in the 2022 Cup Series season. Kyle Busch and Alex Bowman may have a gripe with what went down but tires and late start times also played a role in the rain delayed proceedings. Josh Berry led a JRM benefit on Saturday at Dover which made Phil happy.
NFL Draft talk saw Josh’s Jacksonville Jaguars take Travon Walker #1 overall over Aidan Hutchinson. Josh goes over the why and other key picks during the draft for the team from Duval, while Phil is happy (for now) that Deebo is still a 49er. The Niners focused OL/Edge/CB but also spent capital on a WR and RB. The guys go over who did well in the draft along with some of the major moves.
The Roundup discusses IMSA at Laguna Seca, MotoGP/Moto2 at Jerez, NHRA Four-Wide at Charlotte, Supercars at Wannero, WEC at Spa and W Series season debut at Miami which leads into F1 going to the 305 for the first F1 Miami GP. Will Ferrari and Red Bull continue their dominance in 2022 or can Mercedes respond for Lewis Hamilton to win at a third different circuit in the USA?
Thoughts on what the track will present, the start times and who are some dark horses along with picks are made. The guys discuss Porsche and Audi possibly joining F1 in 2026 with the new engine regulations as well.
NASCAR’s throwback weekend at Darlington takes place this weekend so Phil and Josh pick their favorite throwback schemes and make selections on who can win the races this weekend before Josh’s Sim Segment and Show Close.
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