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Grip Strip Podcast Episode 117 – Checo, Chocolate and FredEx

Coming off the Greatest Day in Motorsports, Phil and Josh return for E117 of the GSP to discuss the winners and all the big stories that came from the major races.  Marcus Ericsson can officially get rid of the ride buyer moniker after winning the Indianapolis 500, the first in a decade for Chip Ganassi Racing.  Ericsson’s teammate Scott Dixon dominated but gave the race away after a speeding penalty on his final pit stop.  Other key players and multiple accidents in Turn 2 are discussed. 

Prior to Indy, Sergio “Checo” Perez took his biggest Formula 1 victory with a triumph at Monaco over Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz and Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen.  Monaco’s Charles Leclerc qualified on pole and led early but pit strategy decisions by Ferrari left him off the podium.  Fernando Alonso held up the field behind and screwed teammate Esteban Ocon among others.  The officiating and decision making by the FIA came into question throughout the entirety of the race with strong opinions coming from the crew. 

At the Coca-Cola 600, Denny Hamlin started on pole and won the race.  However, it was not straightforward.  The Trackhouse duo of Ross Chastain and Daniel Suarez had the dominant cars but late cautions and multiple incidents left the supposed final battle between defending series champion Kyle Larson and Chase Briscoe but the SHR driver spun with a couple laps remaining.  This likely was the best 600 in decades and brought on by the introduction of the Gen 7 car but the issue flipping Chris Buescher over and extracting him are an alarm. 

The Roundup covers F2 at Monaco, MotoGP/Moto2 at Mugello and then Catalunya, IMSA at Detroit, Formula E in Jakarta and WRC Rally Italy before leading into the IndyCar Detroit Grand Prix preview, taking place at Belle Isle for the last time.  The guys cover who to look at and what to expect before previewing the Cup and Trucks at Gateway along with XFinity at Portland.  We finish with Josh’s Sim Segment and show close. 

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Passionate and knowledgeable Motorsports fan along with love of football, baseball and fantasy sports. Podcaster, bowler, reader and currently working full-time while still pursuing my passions.

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