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The Autoweek Podcast

Welcome to the Autoweek Podcast -- the place to hear interviews with some legends of motorsport and car culture, as well as our takes on the latest news from the rest of the car world. In each episode, you'll hear the Autoweek Staff talk about the latest car and racing news, as well as hear reviews about some of the best cars on Earth.

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2020 Chevrolet Corvette revealed, Formula E in NYC and BMW M5

On this episode of the “Autoweek Podcast,” host Rory Carroll talks with Wesley Wren, Mike Pryson, Robin Warner, Jake Lingeman and Jimmy Pelizzari about the latest in car culture and racing. Kicking off the show, Rory, Wesley, Robin and Jake are joined by Autoweek’s Jeff Vettraino to talk about the new Chevrolet Corvette. The midengine 2020 Chevy Corvette is a huge departure from the Corvette tradition, considering the engine is now placed behind the passengers in a rear-midengine layout. Jeff and Robin guide the gang through the development of the eighth-generation ’Vette and talk about its features. After the Corvette talk, Jimmy and Mike hop aboard to discuss the Formula E race in New York and Formula 1’s British Grand Prix. Wrapping the show, Rory and Jake talk about the BMW M5 Competition and the Mercedes-AMG GT 53.

1hr 46mins

19 Jul 2019

Rank #1

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2017 Shelby GT350 Mustang car review, Tesla misses the Model 3 mark and is Lewis Hamilton good?

On this episode of the Autoweek Podcast, in the motorsport section, host Rory Carroll comes to terms with liking Lewis Hamilton, Mike Pryson talks about his favorite racetrack food and the group discusses what could save the U.S. Grand Prix. Later in the show, Wesley Wren joins the conversation to talk about Tesla missing the mark on Model 3 production, why they hate key fobs, the death of the aux port and the return of vacuum tube radios. Also, they review a Ford Mustang Shelby GT350, the Chevrolet Camaro 1SS 1LE and, briefly, the Acura NSX.

1hr 14mins

6 Oct 2017

Rank #2

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Dan Gurney's life is celebrated, Rolex 24 discussion and Subaru WRX STI Type RA review

On this special episode of the Autoweek Podcast, host Rory Carroll talks with Mark Vaughn, Robin Warner and Mike Pryson about the late Dan Gurney. The show starts with Mark detailing Gurney’s early life in New York, his move to California and his inclusion in the Southern Californian hot rod scene of the late 1940s. From there, Mark takes us through his racing career, eventually reaching a seminal time in 1967 where Gurney cemented his legacy as one of the top drivers to ever climb behind the wheel of a race car. In the span of a few months, Gurney raced at the Indianapolis 500, Le Mans, the Belgian Grand Prix, the Green Valley 300 Trans-Am race and the Monaco Grand Prix. All the while traveling to back and forth to Weslake to check on his new V12 engine’s development. Of course, that was also the year that, during his Le Mans celebration, Gurney sprayed his victory champagne on the crowd -- changing racing celebrations forever.After Gurney, Wesley Wren hops on mic and Rory talks about his first time at the Rolex 24 at Daytona. The team also teases the race’s upcoming feature in Autoweek Magazine. The Daytona race leads to a small teaser about an upcoming Podcast discussion about the end of Grid Girls in Formula 1. Closing the show, Wesley talks about test driving the Subaru WRX STI Type RA and the Subaru BRZ tS.

1hr 30mins

9 Feb 2018

Rank #3

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Roar before the 24, Mecum Kissimmee and Lamborghini Huracan Evo GT3 review

On this episode of the Autoweek Podcast, host Rory Carroll is joined by Mike Pryson, Jake Lingeman and Wesley Wren to dissect the Roar Before the 24 Hours of Daytona. Calling in, because he was actually there, is Steven Cole Smith with a report on what teams look strong, the hype surrounding Fernando Alonso and what you can expect from the upcoming IMSA race. From there, Graham Kozak hops on a microphone to talk about the Mecum Kissimmee auction with the team. The group has a conversation with Mecum’s Dave Magers to get a feel for the current state of the classic car market, the auction world and more. Magers mentions some noteworthy cars slated to sell in the final weekend of the auction and talks about other Mecum auctions aside from the big Florida sale. After that, Graham, Rory and Wesley dive into the first of the Autoweek and eBay Motors garage videos -- “the brake job.” The team talks about how the video shoot went behind the scenes, what Wesley’s first time behind a camera was like and what you can expect from upcoming videos. Wrapping the show, Robin Warner joins the group to talk about the Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo he recently drove. The group spins that to the Lamborghini Urus currently nestled in the Autoweek fleet.

1hr 3mins

11 Jan 2019

Rank #4

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2018 Detroit auto show hits, Danica Patrick's race at Daytona and a 2018 Kia Stinger review

On this episode of the Autoweek Podcast, host Rory Carroll joins Mike Pryson, Robin Warner and Graham Kozak to talk about the upcoming racing season. The group talks about Danica Patrick’s Daytona 500 return and what it means to racing as a whole. They also talk about the other race in Daytona -- the Rolex 24. They speculate about the expected heavy hitters and discuss Jackie Chan’s DC Racing team’s inclusion of the race. A quick look at Dan Gurney’s life is also mentioned, but expect a more substantial Gurney episode in the future.After Pryson leaves, Wesley Wren hops on mic to talk about the hits from this year’s North American International Auto Show. The guys highlight Hyundai’s Veloster N before getting derailed by a cultural analysis of 1968’s “Bullitt.” After the team reach a conclusion about “Bullitt,” they dive back into the auto show. Trucks like the new Ram 1500 and the Ford Ranger were the talk of the show floor in Detroit, alongside the new G-Class. After the auto show, the team review the Kia Stinger.


26 Jan 2018

Rank #5

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Jeep JL Wrangler Rubicon review, a reader’s question and TROG

On this episode, host Rory Carroll joins Graham Kozak and Wesley Wren to talk about what’s going on in the world of cars. West Coast editor Mark Vaughn helps kick off the show by calling in and talking about his experience at The Race of Gentlemen event in Santa Barbara, California. This latest TROG moves the cars from the sand to the streets -- and the valves to the cylinder head. Of course, flathead-powered cars were allowed, too, but for the first time overhead valve-powered hot rods could compete. After TROG talk, the group dives into a reader’s question about handing down a first-generation Mazda Miata with an aftermarket, bagless steering wheel to his son. The reader simply was asking if it’s a good idea to hand the Miata over with the aftermarket steering wheel or if he should slap an original wheel back in its place. If you want to know what the group thinks, listen to the show. Wrapping the second weekly edition of the podcast, the group reviews the 2019 Jeep Wrangler JL Rubicon. Unsurprisingly, the crew loves the car. They go into detail about why it’s more livable than the outgoing platform but why it doesn’t lose its edge.


12 Apr 2019

Rank #6

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Ford Mustang RTR drive review, NASCAR's status update and an interview with Robb Holland

On this episode of the Autoweek Podcast, host Rory Carroll is joined by Mike Pryson, Jimmy Pelizzari, Wesley Wren and our resident NASCAR expert Matt Weaver to dive into the status of the sport. After a deep analysis of NASCAR, its tracks and possible changes to the future of the sport, the group dissects the British GP and the German GP -- namely, Vettel’s near-win in Germany and how team orders affected the race.After the motorsports section, Robin Warner and Wesley have a phone conversation with journalist and race car driver Robb Holland about his life, his house near the Nurburgring and his new television show, “Faster.”Following the interview, Jake Lingeman and Graham Kozak replace Jimmy and Mike at the table to have another Project Car Update segment. Graham shares some sad news about his Packard. Thankfully, everyone else’s project car news is about what you’d expect.The project car talk transitions smoothly into a discussion about the Ford Mustang RTR Spec 3 -- Vaughn Gittin Jr.’s special edition of Ford’s popular pony car.

1hr 46mins

27 Jul 2018

Rank #7

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Family Road Trips, Ryan Newman Update and a C8 Corvette Review

On this episode of the “Autoweek Podcast,” Natalie Neff returns to talk with Andrew Stoy, Jake Lingeman and Wesley Wren about the longest-running engine families currently in production. The team discuss the possibilities of new engines developed today running as long as these beloved powerplants. The group then talks about its most memorable road trips.Later in the show, Mike Pryson and Wren join Matt Weaver to talk about recent updates with Ryan Newman. The gang also hashes out the bounty on Kyle Busch. Closing the show, Lingeman and Wren talk with Mark Vaughn about his time in the new C8 Corvette. Mark drove the midengine ’Vette around a track and on the road. Vaughn also talks about his time with the Cadillac CT5-V.Music: “Well, at least I’m not vaping” by Summerbruise

1hr 22mins

28 Feb 2020

Rank #8

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Rory tells his Porsche 911 history, Thanksgiving preview and a Mercedes-AMG GT R car review,

On this episode of the Autoweek Podcast, host Rory Carroll leads a discussion with Graham Kozak, Jimmy Pelizzari and Wesley Wren about their various project cars languishing around the Midwest. Rory dives into the history of his Porsche 911 and its current state of disrepair. Jimmy talks about his 1974 Datsun 260Z, 1988 Mazda 323 GTX rally car and 2000 Subaru Impreza 2.5RS. Wesley tells us about his fleet of seemingly absent cars: a 1954 Ford Crestline Victoria, 1959 Ford Fairlane 500 Galaxie and (partially) a 1930 Ford Model A. Graham talks about his 1951 Packard and his plans to restore a Nash Metropolitan before his fall 2018 wedding. Closing the show, the crew talks about the Mercedes-AMG GT R.

1hr 9mins

1 Dec 2017

Rank #9

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Vaughn Gittin Jr. talks about drifting Ford Raptors, Detroit GP protests

On this episode of the Autoweek Podcast, host Rory Carroll, Wesley Wren, Jimmy Pelizzari and Jake Lingeman tear into the battle against the Detroit Grand Prix. The group discusses the reasons behind the race’s protests and talk about how it didn’t seem to affect the race. The guys also talk about Mark Reuss’s unfortunate spin at the race, which captured everyone’s attention. After the Detroit GP wrap-up, Jimmy talks about the Olympus Rally -- a stage rally that’s part of the American Rally Association, or ARA. Jimmy talks about attending a rally as a spectator instead of his usual role of competitor, as well as Autoweek’s affiliation with ARA. Following rally talk, guest Vaughn Gittin Jr. climbs out of his Ford Mustang drift machine and into the Autoweek Podcast studio to talk about his own line of RTR Mustangs and Ford F-150 pickups. He also tells the story of how he got into drifting and what it was like to drift a Ford F-150 Raptor around the Nurburgring. After the interview, Jake leads a discussion about the Subaru BRZ tS.

1hr 28mins

15 Jun 2018

Rank #10

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Cadillac XT6, Mitsubishi Outlander Sport and Infiniti Q50 Reviews, Plus Racing Game of the Year

On this episode of the “Autoweek Podcast,” Wesley Wren and Jake Lingeman host a Twitch takeover at the start of the show to discuss their favorite and least favorite racing games of 2019. The pair talks through the big releases of the year before each settles on a top five list. The pair runs through big releases like NASCAR Heat 4 and Need For Speed: Heat. The guys also dive into a handful of arcade racing games they played over the year. Following the Twitch takeover, Robin Warner sits down with sports car racer Ricky Taylor. The two talk about Taylor’s 2019 season with Acura team Penske and co-driver Helio Castroneves. After the interview, Wes Raynal and Robin Warner join Jake and Wesley to talk about the Autoweek Fleet—namely, the Cadillac XT6, Mitsubishi Outlander Sport and Infiniti Q50 Edition 30. Music: “Well, at least I’m not vaping” by Summerbruise

1hr 17mins

27 Dec 2019

Rank #11

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Matt Damon, Christian Bale, and Mose Nowland interviewed, and a 'Ford V Ferrari' review

On this special episode of the “Autoweek Podcast,” the Autoweek gang jumps headfirst into the biggest racing movie of the year, Ford v Ferrari. Kicking off the episode, Mike Pryson and Wesley Wren talk with current Ford Performance Motorsports director Mark Rushbrook about the Ford GT’s return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2016. They also talk about how exciting a movie like this must be for current Ford Motorsports endeavors. Following the Rushbrook interview, the guys sit down with Mose Nowland: the man behind the 1966 Ford GT40’s engines. Nowland talks about the 1966 race, his experience developing engines for Ford and his life in general. He also tells a tale of flying out shortly before Le Mans to Holman-Moody and Shelby America to resolve some oil leaks. After the interviews, Mark Vaughn and Wes Raynal join Wren to talk about the topic at hand: Ford v Ferrari. Mark screened the film a few weeks ago and guides us through what he liked and didn’t like about the movie. Ultimately, the consensus is that it’s good for the whole family: racing fan or not. Closing the show, Matt Damon and Christian Bale sit down with Mark Vaughn for a short interview. Music: “well, at least I’m not vaping” by Summerbruise


15 Nov 2019

Rank #12

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‘Ford v Ferrari’ stunt driver interview, NASCAR Round of 8 and new voices

On this episode of the “Autoweek Podcast,” a few new voices join the show: Autoweek’s new editorial director, Patrick Carone, and Autoweek’s longtime digital editor, Andrew Stoy, both hop on microphones. Patrick talks about his journey to Autoweek, the future of Autoweek and one of his favorite cars. Andy talks about his journey through the automotive world and about getting back his Dodge A100. Motorsport reporter Matt Weaver is also in the studio to talk about his life as a racer and gives us a deeper insight into his day-to-day life. From there, the show shifts to an interview with “Ford v. Ferrari” stunt driver Jon Capps. Brother of NHRA Funny Car pilot Ron Capps, Jon talks about his work in the upcoming Matt Damon film and on other movies. He also sheds some light on his life racing nostalgia Funny Cars. In a strange twist, closing the show is Mike Pryson, Wesley Wren and Matt talking about the latest in NASCAR. Gearing up for the Final 8, the guys talk about possibilities at the upcoming race in Martinsville, and Wesley discusses how terrible he is at that track in “NASCAR Heat 4.”Music: “Well, at least I’m not vaping” by Summerbruise


25 Oct 2019

Rank #13

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The 2019 Detroit Auto Show, NTT sponsors IndyCar, Jimmy at Sno*Drift, BMW M2 Competition

On this episode of the Autoweek Podcast, host Rory Carroll dissects this year’s Detroit auto show with Wesley Wren, Jake Lingeman and Mike Pryson. Obviously, the group talks about the various new cars revealed during the media days of the event -- namely, the Toyota Supra, the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 and the Ram Heavy Duty pickups. The gang also talks about the future of the Detroit auto show and its upcoming move to the summer. Before that, Mike Pryson talks with the vice president of IndyCar’s communications team, Curt Cavin, about new title sponsor NTT. The interview has Mike exploring the intent of the new sponsorship, as well as Curt’s history as a contributor for Autoweek and the Indianapolis Star.  From there, you can listen to Jake, Wesley and Mike talk to our own Jimmy Pelizzari as he gets ready for his trip to Atlanta, Michigan, to race in this year’s Sno*Drift Rally. This is the first year that Sno*Drift will be run under the American Rally Association’s banner, kicking off their season. Wrapping the show, Jake and Rory discuss driving a BMW M2 Competition in the snow and if it’s the best way to have fun in the colder months.

1hr 12mins

25 Jan 2019

Rank #14

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Porsche 911 Carrera T review, Monterey Car week, NASCAR at Darlington, F1 at Monza

On this episode of the Autoweek Podcast, host Rory Carroll joins Mike Pryson, Wesley Wren and Jimmy Pelizzari to talk about the recent happenings in Formula 1, IndyCar, NASCAR and the NHRA. Calling in, Al Pearce guides Rory and crew through the Bojangles Southern 500 at Darlington, its implications for the playoffs and how the NASCAR season could play out over the rest of the year. Al also talks about how he broke his arm.After Al hangs up, Mike and Wesley dive into the NHRA U.S Nationals at Indianapolis, and Jimmy talks about the F1 race at Monza.After the motorsports section, Graham Kozak and Jake Lingeman replace Mike and Jimmy to talk more about the rest of the car world. Graham and Rory talk about their time at Monterey Car Week, Pebble Beach and the Quail. The group also talks about the LeMons gathering held in conjunction with Pebble Beach. Later, Wesley rambles almost incoherently about tools while talking about Craftsman’s relaunch under the Stanley Black and Decker banner.Wrapping the show, Jake dissects the Porsche 911 Carrera T, the Aston Martin DB11 and the Aston Martin Vantage.

1hr 39mins

7 Sep 2018

Rank #15

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Mustang vs. Camaro, 2020 F1 schedule, and Kerry Tharp interviewed

On this episode of the “Autoweek Podcast,” host Rory Carroll welcomes Mike Pryson, Wesley Wren, Jimmy Pelizzari and Robin Warner to talk about the latest in racing. Coming off the break in Formula 1, the group talks about the upcoming race at Spa, the driver shuffling and the 2020 schedule. The gang also discusses the inclusion of the Vietnam GP. After the F1 talk, the team dives into the results from the WRC race in Germany. The winner, Ott Tanak, has a commanding lead and will likely win the series championship.After the racing segment, Pryson interviews Darlington Raceway president Kerry Tharp. The two discuss Darlington’s upcoming throwback race, which is highlighting the liveries of the early ’90s this year.Wrapping the show, Jake Lingeman and Graham Kozak join in to talk about what we’d rather own: a Ford Mustang or a Chevrolet Camaro. From there, Kozak takes us on a journey into restomods with a review of the Plymouth Hellvedere.

1hr 32mins

30 Aug 2019

Rank #16

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Detroit Autorama LIVE, a look into Ridler judging, Joe Amato interview

On this episode of the Autoweek Podcast, host Rory Carroll is joined by Graham Kozak and Wesley Wren at the Detroit Autorama live on the show floor. Responsible for judging the multi-million dollar Ridler contenders Butch Patrico, the co-chair of the Autorama and the president of the Michigan Hot Rod Association, gives insight into judging a Ridler winning car. Patrico also talks about the Great 8 Finalists, the evolution of the Autorama and what it’s like to win the Ridler for the owner of the car. After Patrico, Mike Pryson interviews NHRA legend Joe Amato about his upcoming participation in the “unfinished business” race in Gainesville, Florida and his drag racing legacy. We learn that Amato might have stepped away from drag racing, but still has a desire for straight-line performance with his Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye -- a 797 hp powered pony car. Despite leaving the sport behind, Amato talks about keeping up with the sport and staying in touch with his racing peers. After the Amato interview, we head back to the show floor of the Detroit Autorama to talk with the focus of our “Inside the Thrash” series -- Scott Sheehan. For those unaware, Sheehan managed to slam together a 1927 Ford Model T roadster in the last minutes before the Autorama. He also gives the team a new game: Autorama Bingo.

1hr 20mins

8 Mar 2019

Rank #17

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The Halloween Spooktacular: Gravity hills, LeMons racing and a Mercedes-AMG G63 car review

On the special Spooktacular episode of the Autoweek Podcast, Master of Scaremonies Gory Scarroll (Rory Carroll) talks with Snake Lingeman (Jake Lingeman), Wooohhhh-esley Wren (Wesley Wren) and Graham Stoker (Graham Kozak) about The 24 hours of LeMons at GingerMan Raceway. Then, Graham leads a discussion about “Christine,” “Rubber” and “Maximum Overdrive” to argue that car movies where cars are the villain aren’t scary before exploring the various paranormal places that popped up after the rise of the automobile -- haunted bridges, highways and gravity hills.Finally, the group discusses the most haunted car currently in the Autoweek fleet -- a pumpkin orange Mercedes-AMG G63. The vaunted G-Wagen is a 5.5-liter turbocharged V8 ultra-luxe SUV that is polarizing enough to split the staff down the middle.


19 Oct 2017

Rank #18

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Hamilton wins his fifth F1 title, California Hot Rod Reunion, Radwood and 2019 Subaru WRX STI review

On this episode of the Autoweek Podcast, host Rory Carroll talks with Mike Pryson, Jimmy Pelizzari and Wesley Wren about Lewis Hamilton’s fifth Formula One championship crown. The gang discusses the impact of Hamilton’s fifth title, as well as his position in the history of F1. They also dive into how Hamilton clinched the title, despite not having the fastest car on the field. The motorsport section also tackles Kevin Harvick’s spoiler issues and the NASCAR points possibilities.In this CarLife section, Jake Lingeman and Graham Kozak hop onto mics to tackle nostalgia through two different lenses. The first, Norman Mayersohn calls in to explain the California Hot Rod Reunion and paint the picture of the nostalgia drag racing world. Norman also talks about his history behind the wheel of race cars during the 1960s. Following that, Bradley Brownell calls in to talk about a slightly more modern event -- Radwood. Brownell is one of the founding members of the ‘80s and ‘90s themed car show, which appears to feed off of false nostalgia. As it turns out, it has to do with loving the cars.Rounding out the episode, Graham, Jake and Wesley talk about the 2019 Subaru WRX STI Series.Gray. Jake also recants his experience with the latest Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class, but strategically avoids mentioning any driving impressions.Tune in below, on iTunes or anywhere podcasts are played.

1hr 27mins

16 Nov 2018

Rank #19

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Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye review, Bob Tasca III interviewed and an NHRA update

On this episode of the Autoweek Podcast, host Rory Carroll joins Mike Pryson, Wesley Wren and Jimmy Pellizzari to talk about Daniel Ricciardo’s shift to Renault. The gang also are joined by Autoweek’s NHRA analyst Susan Wade for a report on the NHRA event in Seattle, as well as a general update about the status of professional drag racing. Susan talks about two big controversies that happened during Seattle’s NHRA event.Later in the episode, Robin Warner interviews NHRA top fuel funny car driver Bob Tasca III. Tasca talks about the future of electrification in drag racing, the future of the car industry and how he recovered his first car on craigslist. From there, Graham Kozak joins the fray and Jimmy talks about his experience racing in Michigan’s Summer Sno*Drift rally, placing third in class. Jimmy, for those that forget, races in Rally America with a modified 2.5 RS Subaru. Graham wraps the show leading a discussion about his recent drive with a Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye and Challenger Scat Pack Widebody.

1hr 37mins

11 Aug 2018

Rank #20