FBC Downshift: Juan Pablo Montoya, Simon Pagenaud, Helio Castroneves & Will Power

It’s not often that you get to interview the race-winner of the Indy 500 along with his very capable teammates but that’s exactly what we did as we did “the double” with Shell V-Power Nitro+ for this weekend’s Indy 500 and Coca Cola 600 in Charlotte.

We were very honored to be a guest of Shell’s to do the double and spend time with Team Penske just prior to the Indy 500. That Saturday we sat down with Juan Pablo Montoya, Simon Pagenaud, Helio Castroneves and Will Power to discuss the changes in Indycar and the upcoming race.

Join by our friend Jason at Engineering Explained and Charles at the Humble Mechanic, I was elated to speak with the drivers and upon reflection, I left the recording uncut so you can get a better idea of just how well these drivers interact with each other…no Rosberg/Hamilton battles here. I hope you enjoy hearing from your 2015 Indy 500 champion and his teammates as they discuss the aero changes and what its like to drive an Indycar.

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Excellent explanation about the improvement in the drivability of the cars. Personally, I like Simon’s techie explanation better than Helio’s “small words” version. The more techie the more better!

Louis Jansen

Great interviews and nice to hear those drivers having so much fun doing their jobs. Was the other guy interviewing Jason from Engineering Explained? Hope to hear more interviews like that.


Wow what a great interview! This is so refreshing when compared with f1 and their PR talk. These guys don’t appear to be the actors that Fernando claims is essential for F1 drivers.
Have you considered starting an Indycar podcast? I’d definitely listen to it if this was anything to go by.


Thanks Todd, that was an excellent podcast. It must be some payback for all the hard work that you put into FBC, to have the relationship with Shell that gets you along to these events and gives you access to the top Indy team and drivers. Your interview and the responses were way more insightful than I hear on other podcasts, and as good as the best of the Sky tv stuff. The drivers obviously understand and can explain the handling and performance elements of the cars, very coherently, if they are asked intelligent questions. More power to you Todd… Read more »