LONG BEACH, Calif. – You’ve seen the NBC Sports Group original digital series Paddock Pass for Formula 1, where Will Buxton goes to those paddocks on race weekends for more information, interviews and insight.
This weekend, NBC Sports Group premieres a variant for the Verizon IndyCar Series, IndyCar Paddock Pass, hosted by Anders Krohn.
Krohn, known as “The Viking,” has carved out a successful post-driving business career as co-owner of CoForce in Indianapolis, and has been a member of the NBC Sports broadcast team since 2014 as color analyst for Indy Lights race telecasts alongside Kevin Lee. Krohn will also work selected IndyCar races this year in the pit lane.
Krohn catches up with St. Petersburg winners Sebastien Bourdais and Dale Coyne, NAPA Auto Parts-sponsored Ron Capps and Alexander Rossi (Andretti-Herta Autosport) and the Indy Lights dynamic duo from Andretti-Steinbrenner Racing, Colton Herta and George Michael Steinbrenner IV.
Check out the debut episode, shot this weekend at Long Beach, at the top of this post. A couple teaser tweets are below:
Morris Nunn, a former Formula 1 team owner and a prominent fixture in the American Open Wheel Racing scene through the 1990s and the early 2000s, died at 79 on Wednesday after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease, according to the Indianapolis Star.
Nunn’s career in racing spans both sides of the Atlantic. He started in the 1960s as a driver before shifting his attention toward the mechanical side of the sport. He then founded a Formula 1 effort, dubbed Ensign Racing, which competed in over 100 F1 races between 1973 and 1982 – the team had a best result of fourth.
However, Nunn may be best known in the U.S. for his exploits in American Open Wheel Racing. He crossed the pond after closing the Ensign outfit in 1982, and was a part of the Patrick Racing team that won the 1989 Indianapolis 500 with Emerson Fittipaldi.
He moved to Chip Ganassi Racing in the 1990s, where he perhaps achieved the bulk of his success. He worked with Alex Zanardi as both his crew chief and engineer during Zanardi’s tenure from 1996 to 1998, and the combination saw Zanardi take Rookie of the Year Honors in ’96, followed by a pair of championships in ’97 and ’98 in the old CART series.
Nunn also won the 1999 championship with then CART rookie Juan Pablo Montoya.
In 2000, he formed his own team, Mo Nunn Racing, with driver Tony Kanaan – Bryan Herta also contested a trio of events for Nunn that year after Kanaan suffered an injury – and the outfit grew to two cars in 2001, with Zanardi competing alongside Kanaan.
Nunn also ventured into the series that is now called the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2002, fielding an entry for Felipe Giaffone. They went on to win one race that year (Kentucky Speedway) and Nunn’s outfit won another in 2003, with Alex Barron at Michigan International Speedway.
Nunn was a popular and highly regarded figure in the paddock, and a number of people in the racing world took to social media to offer condolences and tributes.
RIP Morris Nunn. Best in the Paddock in his Era at getting the most out of his drivers. His fingerprints still all over our team @CGRTeams
Saddened for Morris Nunn’s passing; pure race guy; one of the architects of the present @CGRTeams culture. Understood that priority reshuffled daily made us better. Still to this day, think, when pushed by conventional thinking: “what would Morris do?”
@MarioAndretti and Morris "Mo" Nunn conferring on @IMS Pit Lane, 1986. Our sincere condolences to Mo's family and friends, on the news of his passing. We wish them peace and celebrate the memory of such a gifted member of the racing fraternity. pic.twitter.com/egjtctCYVK