Formula1blog.com Podcast #546

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Join Grace and me as we get ready for the United States Grand Prix in Austin Texas at the Circuit of the Americas. We discuss a few of the events and fan experience attractions like the Buxton Bash, Justin Timberlake and Old-school Stevie Wonder but one thing that caught my attention was Topgolf Crush.

We are very grateful for Jeehae Lee’s time and for coming on the show to discuss the Topgolf Crush event at COTA this weekend. Hitting a drive off of turn 1 at COTA would be awesome so I called Jeehae to talk about the event, what is involved and get all the details.

As Formula 1 expands its fan activities over a race weekend, I thought it was very cool that they blend other sports an interests into the race weekend.

Check out Topgolf Crush and get your tickets right here.

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Paul KieferJr

1. Once of these days, I’m going to have to get my own opening theme music. ;-) 2. Sam’s? Why do you need to buy wholesale like that? 3. Southeast Austin, in fact. West is a lot more hilly. 4. That stretch of East Six Street is mainly bars and live entertainment, good places mixed with small holes in the wall. 5. I don’t think Timberlake has a nickname. 6. I’d rather take a driver, but I’m kinda weird that way. The only thing I have to do is convince myself that I can scrape the ground. 7. Virtual golf?… Read more »

the Late Idi Armin

5. i’m 46 and know Timberlake’s nickname is JT.

p1ngu

Er, golf? Yes, I get the idea that fans might like to do things other than just watch cars going round the circuit, so by all means mention it. But an interview about golf on an F1 website? Presumably Mexico’s ‘cast will have an interview with Los Buzzios, South America’s premier beekeepers. Or maybe watchmaking in Abu Dhabi. Maybe I’m outwith the norm, but as a car racing fan I have zero interest in golf. I’d rather sell my arm on eBay than play a round, and hearing about the technologised form of ball and stick that is Top Golf… Read more »

Meine Postma

Maybe others will like it though… it’s NC’s podcast / bar round so let him decide what’s good enough.

But I gather you do like wine, basketball, fashion and lots of other stuff the podcast regularly contains?

p1ngu

Firstly yes, it’s Todd’s podcast, so he can do what he wants. And secondly, I find the ‘fashion award’ bit tragic, the constant mentions of wine/IPA/fruit beers pointless, and don’t get me started on basketball. Like all these things, however, they’re funny to start then quickly then become part of the furniture. You have to keep things fresh, move them along, and perhaps those elements are a bit tired now. Regardless, they’re over fast. The golf interview was trailed for about five minutes before it started, the interview came in at 17:50 and finished at 37:30. That’s a lot of… Read more »

Meine Postma

Yes, I get what you mean, but NC needs some bucks to keep the blog going probably.

Rock or Something

I think this podcast is #1 in the FBC genre, which I do think mimics a meandering conversation amongst friends and that’s a particular style. A lot of people will prefer that to boring, straight F1 only. But in the spirit of horses for courses, a guy like you might like Superlicence F1. When they go off topic of F1 news or race report, they go to quizzes about F1 or how the hard workers in the lower formulae are shaping up to affect F1 soon, or what the long term strategy of the various teams might be inferred to… Read more »

Negative Camber

Not everyone likes golf or plays golf (I haven’t played in years) but nonetheless, many people do like golf and play regularly. Lots of F1 fans I know love the sport and do play regularly. In fact, that’s why Topgolf is setting up their entire Crush event at the F1 race in Austin. I understand that not everyone plays golf or has an interest in it but it will be at COTA and I found it very interesting as a cross-pollination of F1 racing and traditional stick and ball sports in the US. Several of the top names in F1… Read more »

Meine Postma

:-) Is this a game of ping pong or a race?

Paul KieferJr

You’d be surprised. Not only do I watch racing in many forms, I’m also a fan of football, basketball, baseball, hockey, golf, tennis, the Olympics (both of ’em)…fourteen different sports that I’m aware of. I keep myself rather busy with sports. Not many people can say that. ;-)

the Late Idi Armin

The only real threat to life in Palmerston North is the crushing boredom.

Negative Camber

LOL…never been there but I’m sure there’s something to do that’s fun. like driving fast?

the Late Idi Armin

thats slightly to the west, in Feilding where there happens to be a decent club circuit called Manfeild.

Nino Mercado

fyi Heikki’s racing in Japan Super GT, hopefully his still there to compete when Super GT and DTM forms Class One

Negative Camber

What’s the deal with Heikki?

Tom Firth

Gets paid to race in a factory entry in Japan. Why move?

Tom Firth

Lets see if Class One does ever happen yet to its strongest extent. It’s been in the pipeline for a long time now. Things seem to have moved on in the past couple of weeks, and the post Mercedes DTM era will need this to work, if want to keep somewhere near the technical regs have now, but may be some time still until ‘Class one’ with entirely shared regulations becomes an actual reality.

Nino Mercado

yea, same question with F1, what engine/ power unit would they use?

charlie white

Note to Grace: educate yourself with the Commodores. Find the following albums on the streaming service of your choice: Hot On The Tracks, Midnight Madness, Movin’ On and In The Pocket. Old skool Lionel Ritchie was much more fun before he wrote “Islands In The Stream”.

johnblair7

My picks for the race are Seb to win, Max second Valtteri third, Lewis first out. Points gap to close.

Negative Camber

Whoa…Max second. Interesting. Your first out? I picked RoGro.

johnblair7

My 2 favourite Stevie Wonder songs are one of his oldest, yester me, yester you, yesterday and I just called to say I love you.

Meine Postma

I know, I’m old! For me ‘I just called to say I love you’ is an example of his new work where things went wrong :-)

Me, I like Sir Duke and Superstition

johnblair7

It was really popular in UK, I watched an old Top of the Pops on iPlayer last night and it was the second week of I just called being number 1. Superstition was a great song as well.

Meine Postma

It was number one everywhere
I’m just a minority :-)

Negative Camber

I’ll admit it, I wasn’t into Commodores or Lionel. Buddy Guy, Albert King, BB King, Son House, Freddie King, SRV, Gilmour, Beck (as in Jeff), and many more. Although as far as the 70’s go, I will freely admit that I loved Abba. :)

johnblair7

My main music was Queen, Bowie, E.L.O, Abba and Linda Ronstadt, with many others that I liked.

Negative Camber

Queen. Good pick. ELO Time album is my fav.

johnblair7

I still remember the first record I ever bought, a single. T.Rex, Ride a White Swan about 44 years ago.

Jeff Stephenson

At least you don’t cover politics … that would make you ESPN.

Negative Camber

No, I try not to do that…we get enough of that from the NFL and ESPN and just about every person in my social media timeline including F1 pundits and reporters.

Jeff Stephenson

That is why you are the best F1 Podcast out there.

Negative Camber

Speaking of golf. I have met Tom Watson (delightful guy), Master Jack and a few others. I will say that I always thought Ernie Els had the most awesome swing. But my favorite golfer was my father. I still have his old clubs. A set of old Pings and several vintage Tommy Armour persimmon woods. I would give anything to play another 18 with him just to watch him hit the ball. He could do anything he wanted with a golf ball and I never got that gene. My older brothers are much better than I am. Golf isn’t everyone’s… Read more »