In recent weeks Marshall Pruett has been recording and releasing a variety of interviews, outside of his usual slate of series.
Here’s the sportscar interviews from last month:
Catching up with Wayne Taylor
How did Wayne Taylor sign Fernando Alonso and Kamui Kobayashi to drive his Cadillac DPi-V.R at Daytona? What does he think of his son Jordan’s social media profile? Is he interested in fielding an IndyCar Series effort, and will his team assist McLaren at the Indy 500? And would Wayne Taylor Racing continue if both his sons left to drive for other IMSA teams?
The South African WeatherTech SportsCar Championship team owner pays a visit to the Marshall Pruett Podcast for an episode of Catching Up With Wayne Taylor to answer those questions an more ahead of the Roar Before The 24.
Mark Raffauf, My Racing Life And Career
Mark Raffauf has spent most of his adult life as part of the IMSA family. Dating back to his teens in the 1970s where he became an integral part of the organization during its GT glory days, he went on to become the key person behind its GTP era before shifting his attention to Grand-Am, and today, the relationship continues with his leadership role in the new IMSA championship.
Raffauf sat down for an episode of My Racing Life and Career in September of 2018 to share some stories about growing up in IMSA, living through amazing times–even some of the narco controversies that his the series–and the new book, ‘IMSA 1969-1989’, he’s written with Mitch Bishop, son of IMSA founders John and Peggy Bishop.
If there’s one person who serves as the living embodiment of IMSA, it’s Mark Raffauf.
Racing To The Front: The Women Of Meyer Shank Racing
The all-female Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 IMSA team founded by Jackie Heinricher with co-owner Mike Shank, led by drivers Katherine Legge, Simona De Silvestro, Christina Nielsen, and Bia Figueiredo, visits the Marshall Pruett Podcast for a roundtable discussion ahead of their debut at the Rolex 24 At Daytona.
Busby Brings In-Car Cameras To IMSA 1985
Veteran IMSA team owner/driver Jim Busby visits the Marshall Pruett Podcast to share stories of IMSA’s first adventure in live on-board footage from 1985 as his Porsche 962 GTP team, with backing from tire manufacturer BFGoodrich, took sports car fans along for some memorable rides.
Although it’s become commonplace today, sitting in the passenger seat next to Busby, Jochen Mass, Pete Halsmer, John Morton, Rick Knoop, and other GTP legends was a ground-breaking viewing experience in the mid-80s.
PJ Jones on His 1993 IMSA GTP Lap Record at Daytona
P.J. Jones owns one of IMSA’s greatest achievements–the outright lap record at the Rolex 24 At Daytona–set in 1993, and with the 2019 field of IMSA prototypes on the cusp of setting a new record in qualifying, the former All American Racers driver visits the Marshall Pruett Podcast to recount his amazing feat in the AAR Eagle Mk III GTP and details its unbelievable performance capabilities.
Mark Martin on His 1989 Rolex 24 IMSA GTO Win
NASCAR legend Mark Martin visits the Marshall Pruett Podcast to share some great tales about his first class victory at the Rolex 24 At Daytona, taken 30 years ago in a Roush Racing Mercury XR7, and his subsequent wins, including 1995, where he drove with the late Paul Newman. It’s typical Mark Martin–funny and poignant–all told with great charm.
Catching Up With Christian Fittipaldi
Veteran Formula 1, IndyCar, NASCAR, and IMSA driver Christian Fittipaldi visits The Marshall Pruett Podcast to discuss his upcoming retirement from racing after the Rolex 24 At Daytona and his shift to continuing with the Action Express Racing in a new sporting director role.
Memo Gidley, Five Years Later
Five years after his terrifying crash at the 2014 Rolex 24 At Daytona, Memo Gidley takes us back to the day where his life changed as a result of the leg and back injuries he sustained, and then works through the recovery process–one that was brutally painful–before breaking through and returning to the sport that’s taken almost as much from him as it’s given.
Busby Racing Wins The 1989 24 Hours of Daytona
Team owner Jim Busby, driver John Andretti, Busby Racing crew chief Mike Colucci, and Porsche/Andial legend Alwin Springer bring their win a the 1989 Sunbank 24 Hours of Daytona to life on the 30th anniversary of their overall win in the gorgeous No. 67 Porsche 962.
The two-car effort, with the lead No. 67 entry for the late hero Bob Wollek, all-time great Derek Bell, and Andretti, was complemented by a one-off second entry, the No. 68, as a tribute entry featuring the Holbert Racing crew and a 962 chassis for Mario and Michael Andretti, in the wake of Al Holbert’s death a few months earlier.
By the end of the 24 Hour, Porsche had won its 50th race with the 962, which would also serve as Bell’s final 24-hour win, and with a long delay for fog, the windshield flying off with Andretti behind the wheel, and a titanic battle for victory with Jaguar that forced Wollek to close the race running at qualifying speeds, the 1989 event is loaded with amazing stories offered by our guests.