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Double Stint: Road America Recap; Scott Atherton Interview (8.8.17)

This week’s Double Stint Podcast with guest Scott Atherton…

This week on Double Stint, John Dagys and Ryan Myrehn recap the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America and break down the news from sports car racing, plus an interview with IMSA President and COO Scott Atherton on the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship schedule and more.

Have a sports car racing-related question for the show? Submit it via Twitter with the hashtag #AskDoubleStint, or submit it as a comment in this thread and it may be featured on next week’s show. Please limit your submissions to two questions per week to ensure that we can get to everyone.

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  1. Juninho

    August 8, 2017 at 8:31 am

    IMSA FLMS in 2018

    LMP1 (DPI)
    Pro-Am (GT3)

  2. Susafan

    August 8, 2017 at 8:34 am

    When do you expect the first official commitments to P1 Privateer and where do you expect the performance of those cars to be.

  3. Bojangles

    August 8, 2017 at 11:17 am

    Do you see the taylor brothers or dane cameron possibly moving into a indycar team in the near futute.
    two part question here, which VW brand do you see moving into DPi first, and is it possible we may see more than 1?

  4. Jean Yves Hubert

    August 8, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    Seriez vous contre l’arrivée des DPi l’année prochaine ou en 2019 aux 24h du Mans et dans le WEC ?

  5. Jean Yves Hubert

    August 8, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    Combien espérez vous de DPi et de LMP2 aux 24h de Daytona et aux 12h de Sebring en 2018?

  6. Jeff Wagner

    August 8, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    Scott Atherton: PLEASE!, PLEASE!, The most important priorities to my Dad and I (Dad all PRO Races @ Mosport since ’64, and I all since ’86) want to see as fans is the ALMS travelling safety team brought back, and also the ALMS emergency helicopter brought back. You are aware the ALMS travelling safety team was vital for the best possible extrication procedures out of EVERY type of manufacturer design within each class to eliminate or causing further driver injuries. I remember they even practiced on all different Race Car designs and knew each type EXACTLY. It is EVEN more VITAL in 2018 as all class will be a closed cockpit design. Memo Gidley’s Daytona crash was a BOLD reminder of the VALUE they bring. The “local” crew took FOREVER to get there, and they hurt Memo’s shoulder more not knowing how to open the door further. Seeing the ALMS medical helicopter on the ground running and ready the entire ALMS sessions was AMAZING to see at Mosport because of the battles Jackie Stewart went through fighting for safety standards. It’s vital the drivers get these two invaluable items back for every IMSA race. My Dad and I would be HAPPY to pay more if an increase in every ticket for every event is needed to ensure these two vital items are brought back.
    IMSA is heading in the right direction. One thing we STRONGLY urge you to NOT DO is split the Prototype class! PLEASE remember what P1 & P2 did to the ALMS. It causes NOTHING but politics and problems. Remember the P2 cars beating P1 cars and winning overall. Look at the mess in W.E.C. too. There MUST be only one Prototype class using B.O.P. with DPI/LMP2, it’s going great and the numbers are going up. The second thing we strongly urge you to DO ASAP is have ALL classes have open tire choice like GTLM does currently and the ALMS did in all classes. It allows teams more sponsorship possibilities, and It’s another thing as fans that’s interesting to pay attention to, how particular manufacturers are doing against one another and watching them improve over time. It’s just like watching a Driver or Chassis improve! It’s one exciting element that has been taken away from the fans, we ONLY get it in GTLM. We also strongly feel teams(s) would be more likely to come to IMSA and run Prototype for the full season or non conflicting dates if they could run the tire of choice they normally run, and have set-up data for.
    The world is looking at the IMSA formula right now with such a high regard! With these changes we can aim to take IMSA EVEN HIGHER than the ALMS was! Thank-You, Jeff Wagner
    P.S. Thank-You to you and Don Panoz for not only SAVING MOSPORT, but beginning the desperately needed safety upgrades.

  7. Richard

    August 8, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    Hi guys thanks for the weekly round up of racing and news. Question for next weeks show.

    Do you think that with Porsche looking at more GT races after leaving P1 that they will enter Blancpain Sprint/Endurance series in the manner that say Audi/BMW/Mercedes have with factory supported teams such as WRT, Rowe, Black Falcon HTP etc? Porsche has been one manufacturer noticeably missing from the series in recent times especially in Pro Cup. The Team Bernhard entry at Spa showed the potential.

    Cheers Rich

  8. jason

    August 9, 2017 at 9:34 am

    We hear the topic of cooling brought up a lot recently as a reason for mechanical problems with cars. What exactly does “cooling” mean?

  9. NaBUru38

    August 11, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    Can you split the podcasts into segments, so it’s easier to find the topics I want to listen?

    • Ryan Myrehn

      Ryan Myrehn

      August 13, 2017 at 9:41 am

      We’re always looking for ways to improve the show. Could you explain further what it is that you’re suggesting or give an example of another podcast that does this so I can check it out?

      Thank you for listening!

  10. Alistair Kidd

    August 12, 2017 at 5:46 pm


    Great job on the Podcast

    A couple of questions

    1. What are Dyson Racing up to since the end of their PWC program. I know they didnt like the P2/DP direction that IMSA was going in 2014 but it would be great to see them back in topline motorsports.

    2. Are there any plans to get Greg Gill on Double Stint. It would be great to get his ideas on how to improve SprintX, his views on the how GTS is going to develop with the GT4 platform and then where TCR fits into the future.

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