Pirelli predicting interesting second half of season

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Pirelli’s motorsport chief Paul Hembery is predicting an “interesting mix of strategies” during the second half of 2013 following the tire test at Silverstone this week.

Following the series of tire failures at the British Grand Prix, Pirelli has opted to re-introduce its 2012 design in order to ensure the safety of the drivers whilst maintaining the 2013 compounds (i.e. wear rates). As a result of this change, the teams were allowed to use their full-time drivers at Silverstone this week during the ‘young driver test’, and Hembery is pleased with the work completed.

“We think that everybody achieved their objectives from these three days of running at Silverstone. From our point of view, we made the most of this opportunity to gather data that will help us best meet the needs of the Formula One teams in the future,” he said in a statement from Pirelli.

Hembery did hasten to add that the times may not be wholly representative of the new tires nor the pecking order.

“The tires all ran reliably throughout the three days of the test, although of course you cannot compare the times to those seen in the British Grand Prix because the track conditions and other car parameters were different.

“The established performance of the 2012 structure, consolidated with the speed of the current compounds, is set to provide an interesting mix of strategies for the races ahead.”

The new tires will debut at next weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix.

First batch of ‘Dinner with Racers’ season three drops today

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In what’s quickly becoming an offseason tradition, the “Dinner with Racers” podcast launches its newest season today with season three – and the level of guests are staggering.

Co-hosts Ryan Eversley and Sean Heckman have ridden once again on a newly wrapped Acura MDX, on Continental Tires (the Continental Cross Contact LX Sport), in a 13,000 mile journey over 34 days to record 29 episodes.

As the co-hosts so accurately put it in their release via Continental, there’s “a remarkable guest list that includes everything from Formula 1 World Champions, to NASCAR Monster Energy Cup champions, Indy 500 champions, and Ryan Lewis.”

The teaser video is below and if you’ve ever heard any episodes from the first two seasons, you’ll know there’s a lot of inside jokes and memories brought back via this video.

Here’s the full list of this season’s guests. The first batch comes out today and the second in December.

Releasing Now:
Dario Franchitti
Dr. Jerry Punch
Scott Dixon
Doug Boles
Robin Miller
Dorsey Schroeder
Ryan Lewis
Craig Hampson
Brian Till
Mario Andretti
Parker Kligerman
Scott Tucker

Coming in December:

Jeremy Shaw
Alwin Springer
Cole Pearn
Paul Tracy
Lyn St. James
Willy T. Ribbs
Alex Bowman
Ryan Blaney
Tony Stewart
Chocolate Myers
Robby Gordon
Jeremy Mayfield
Shane Hmiel
Tommy Byrne
Doug Boles
Brian Redman
Josef Newgarden