Ep.73 – Scott Tucker: The Business Story

Scott Tucker and his epic “Level 5” sportscar program is the thing of legends. We actually owe a little something to Scott and Level 5 because our own “Level 5 Special” is the most downloaded one in our history. Imagine having a team owner, with a passion for racing, who has the means to fund things properly and really do things “right,” which is code for going big. That’s what Level 5 was, and Scott Tucker was the man behind it. Unfortunately his personal business would meet sharp criticism and controversy as the team went on, eventually folding the team as Scott concentrated on his on-going legal matters. For the amazing racing stories, tune in to our previous episode. For the business and legal side of the story, as told by Scott, enjoy this one. Dinner was courtesy of the Full Schilling in Wall Street, New York City. Music was provided by Graveler. Thanks to Continental Tire for all of their support, and Acura for providing a great MDX.

Ep.72 – Scott Tucker: The Racing Story

Scott Tucker and his epic “Level 5” sportscar program is the thing of legends. We actually owe a little something to Scott and Level 5 because our own “Level 5 Special” is the most downloaded one in our history. Imagine having a team owner, with a passion for racing, who has the means to fund things properly and really do things “right,” which is code for going big. That’s what Level 5 was, and Scott Tucker was the man behind it. Unfortunately his personal business would meet sharp criticism and controversy as the team went on, eventually folding the team as Scott concentrated on his on-going legal matters. For the business and legal stories, stay tuned for the next episode. For the racing stories, enjoy this one. Dinner was courtesy of the Full Schilling in Wall Street, New York City. Music was provided by Children of Eden. Thanks to Continental Tire for all of their support, and Acura for providing a great MDX.

Ep.71 – Parker Kligerman

Parker Kligerman is a perfect example of resilience ahead of career challenges, and it’s because of that he should have a long career ahead of him. Beginning as a road racer, Parker saw the writing on the wall and went stock car racing, then had a Penske development contract at 18, only to see it all end when things didn’t work out. Recognizing opportunity when he saw it, Parker has since moved on to a broadcasting career with NBC Sports Network, and sure enough that has re-introduced him to driving opportunities, funny how that works!  Lunch was courtesy of Taco Bar in Stamford, CT, with the music of Tigerdog taking us out. Thanks to Continental Tire for all of their support, and Acura for providing a great MDX.

#DWR3, The Third Season of “Dinner with Racers” Launches Today

Furthering their commitment to awful life choices and declining health, the epic third season of “Dinner with Racers” launches today, setting a number of new milestones for hosts Ryan Eversley and Sean Heckman. Driving a record number of miles to record the highest guest count in series history, the team is proud to release the first wave of recordings to the public today, boasting a remarkable guest list that includes everything from Formula 1 World Champions, to NASCAR Monster Energy Cup champions, Indy 500 champions, and Ryan Lewis.

Driving a 13,000 mile journey over 34 days to meet with 29 guests, the duo and their Acura MDX, shod with Continental Cross Contact LX Sport tires, drove further and longer than any season prior. Passing through 25 states along the way, the total mileage for the series has now eclipsed the size of Earth’s circumference, as well as approximately 10,000,000 calories consumed exclusively at gas stations along the way

Meeting with some of motorsports most influential and storied characters, this year’s journey is labelled as the season of “holy s***!!”

Beginning their season with Dario Franchitti, a three-time Indy 500 winner and four-time IndyCar series champion, the trip continues through an amazing journey that meets up with legends like Mario Andretti and Tony Stewart, as well as some of the more unique careers of guests like Shane Hmiel and Jeremy Mayfield. Enjoying unstructured, long-form conversation “over dinner,” stories throughout the season range from multiple accounts of getting robbed at Taco Bell, two different accounts of life with a pet pig, and getting a hickey from Dale Earnhardt.

The series was once again sponsored by Continental Tire, who “picked up the check” for all of the meals, as well as Acura who allowed Ryan Eversley, a factory racer for Acura and HPD Motorsports, to put all 13,000 miles on his company car.

For Ryan Eversley, the continuation of the series is a testament to the support of the fan and motorsport community.

“HOLY SH**!!” stated Eversley. “What an unbelievable season we have in store. It’s unreal who we had join us this year, but even more incredible is the stories they told. To have the caliber of guests that we had join us, and give us an insane amount of time and be as open as they were, is something that’s hard for Sean and I to fathom. We couldn’t be happier with how this year’s trip went, and I think the fans will be blown away. I hope it’s as much fun to listen as it was to produce, this has been an incredible project for all of us.”

At the time of this release, Sean Heckman’s whereabouts were unknown.

The first 12 recordings, spread across 15 episodes, are available now, with the remaining conversation to be posted in December. Everything can be heard at dinnerwithracers.com, as well as iTunes, Google Play, YouTube, and wherever free podcasts are sold.

Releasing Now:

Dario Franchitti

Dr. Jerry Punch

Scott Dixon

Doug Boles

Robin Miller

Dorsey Schroeder

Ryan Lewis

Craig Hampson

Brian Till

Mario Andretti

Parker Kligerman

Scott Tucker

Coming in December:

Jeremy Shaw

Alwin Springer

Cole Pearn

Paul Tracy

Lyn St. James

Willy T. Ribbs

Alex Bowman

Ryan Blaney

Tony Stewart

Chocolate Myers

Robby Gordon

Jeremy Mayfield

Shane Hmiel

Tommy Byrne

Doug Boles

Brian Redman

Josef Newgarden

Ep.70 – Mario Andretti, Pt. 2

Do we really need to explain who Mario Andretti is? It’s Mario Andretti. IT’S MARIO ANDRETTI. He gave us so much time that we had to split the episode in two…BECAUSE YOU DON’T EDIT MARIO ANDRETTI. PART TWO  Dinner was served at the Blue Grill House, located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Music was provided by Tigerdog. Thanks to Continental Tire for all of their support, and Acura for providing a great MDX.

Ep.69 – Mario Andretti, Pt. 1

Do we really need to explain who Mario Andretti is? It’s Mario Andretti. IT’S MARIO ANDRETTI. He gave us so much time that we had to split the episode in two…BECAUSE YOU DON’T EDIT MARIO ANDRETTI.  Dinner was served at the Blue Grill House, located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Music was provided by The Soul Jacket. Thanks to Continental Tire for all of their support, and Acura for providing a great MDX.

Ep.68 – Brian Till

Brian Till is a classic racing tale of a guy who has never stopped working, and in such has carved out his own place in sport. A champion of various junior level categories, Brian enjoyed a brief stint in IndyCar and Trans-Am racing before finding an eventual home as a television broadcaster, and during the entirety of his career has always been a racing instructor at a variety of locations. His ability to relate, tell stories, and be a genuinely likable guy- combined with his work ethic- is what’s kept him around and you can really hear it in this episode.  Dinner was served at Cantina Laredo in Columbus, Ohio. Music was provided by Ruto. Thanks to Continental Tire for all of their support, and Acura for providing a great MDX.

Ep.67 – Craig Hampson: The Young Engineer’s Special

A special edition for Dinner with Racers, we decided to cut Craig Hampson’s recording in to two parts. While his main episode focused largely on his stories and bigger picture examination, we wanted to focus exclusively on how he cut his teeth as a young engineer, specifically for our large audience of aspiring engineers who are curious about a career in motorsports. If you’re curious about what it takes, involved in Formula SAE, or just want to hear tales of young Craig Hampson, this is the episode for you.  Lunch was served at The Haymarket Pub and Brewery, located in Chicago, Illinois. Music was provided by Tiger Dog. Thanks to Continental Tire for all of their support, and Acura for providing a great MDX.

Ep.66 – Craig Hampson

Craig Hampson is one of the most respected engineers in all of IndyCar racing, and when you hear him talk you can instantly understand why. Extremely articulate and with an amazing attention to detail, Craig has worked with Mario Andretti, Sebastien Bourdais, and a host of others, including being the man behind all of Sebastien Bourdais’ championships. A father of two girls who wanted to stay with his family more often in Chicago, he’s now with the lone Chicago-based team, Dale Coyne Racing.  Lunch was served at The Haymarket Pub and Brewery, located in Chicago, Illinois. Music was provided by Lionkness. Thanks to Continental Tire for all of their support, and Acura for providing a great MDX.

Ep.65 – Ryan Lewis

What makes Ryan Lewis such an interesting guest is what his role isn’t in the sport. In a season of holy sh**, Ryan’s career has maybe not gone according to plan, despite being very talented and very articulate, which is why we thought we should sit with him. With a keen mind for evaluation and self diagnosis, we walk through Ryan’s career to look at the good, the bad, and the future. He also didn’t now what he was walking in to, and got drunk as f***.  Lunch(?) was courtesy of The Alley Cat Lounge in Indianapolis, IN, with the music of Jungle of Cities taking us out. Thanks to Continental Tire for all of their support, and Acura for providing a great MDX.

Ep.64 – Dorsey Schroeder

For fans of historic sportscar racing, Dorsey Schroeder is a true living legend. What makes him amazing is that he’s a legend for his off-track exploits as much as on. Making his biggest name in the golden era of Trans-Am, Dorsey was the key figure in the era of the Roush Mustang, before moving to NASCAR and eventually broadcasting, where he has amazing stories across the board. This episode features no shortage of drunk tales, stories about Dale Earnhardt, and living by a lake.  Dinner was courtesy of Kilroy’s in Indianapolis, IN, with the music of Jungle of Cities taking us out. Thanks to Continental Tire for all of their support, and Acura for providing a great MDX.

Ep.63 – Robin Miller

Love him or hate him, Robin Miller is one of the most entertaining people you could ever meet in the IndyCar scene. A career journalist with multiple accounts of failing at driving or anything mechanical, Robin Miller’s enthusiasm for all things open wheel and IndyCar racing is unparalleled, and it’s because of that passion that he’s endured a five decade career in the sport as a journalist and broadcast for a variety of mediums. We weren’t sure what to expect, but walked away loving the guy… his enthusiasm is real, he’s freakin’ hilarious, and he pulls no punches.  Lunch was served at the 1911 Grill, owner Dinner with Racers alum Sarah Fisher, with the music of The Deadlies taking us out. Thanks to Continental Tire for all of their support, and Acura for providing a great MDX.

Ep.62 – Doug Boles

According to his college degree, Doug Boles began his career as a lawyer, yet when you sit down with him, you hear about anything but that. Serving every non-mechanical role that you could in the sport, Doug has gone from team principal, to strategist, to spotter, to somehow ending up as the President of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a job which he takes on with an immense out of passion and enthusiasm. Reflecting on his career, join us for some amazing insight in to being the most important man to the sport’s most iconic track.  Dinner was actually catered underneath the famous pagoda, courtesy of Doug and the fine folks at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Levy Foods, one of the most memorable experiences we’ve ever had. Music played by Justin Allen and the Well Shots. Thanks to Continental Tire for all of their support, and Acura for providing a great MDX.

Ep.61 – Scott Dixon

The “Iceman” has long been known as someone who keeps his personality hidden from the public, but we care to dinner. Not only is Scott Dixon a three-time IndyCar Series champion, Indy 500 winner, and the winningest active driver out there, but the dude is hilarious and absolutely awesome to have lunch with. We were blown away by how funny he was, and how willing he was to share, including his account of getting robbed at Taco Bell, just how many sheep live in New Zealand, driving with a pillow strapped to yourself, and more.  Lunch was served at Tegry Bistro in Indianapolis, IN. Music was provided by Novacaine (available on Spotify). Thanks to Continental Tire for all of their support, and Acura for providing a great MDX.

Ep.60 – Dr. Jerry Punch

You think you’ve heard it all, then you hear Dr. Jerry Punch. An MD by profession, a broadcaster by trade, this likable Tennessee-native has created a niche exclusive to him, carving out a four-decade career that has combined his experience as an ER doctor with his love of motorsport and college football to become a true legend of the sport. Dr. Punch has been a pitman reporter in NASCAR since the 1980’s, as well as the Indy 500, but also ran an ER in Daytona Beach for several years, before starting his own practice. Be ready to hear some amazing tales of driver recovery, life on the road and much, much more. Dinner was served at Calhoun’s on the River, located in Knoxville, Tennessee. Music was provided by Freek (available on CD Baby). Thanks to Continental Tire for all of their support, and Acura for providing a great car.

Ep.59 – Dario Franchitti

You couldn’t ask for a more dream opening to Season Three than with Dario Franchitti. One of the most storied drivers of IndyCar, Dario is a three-time Indy 500 winner, a four-time IndyCar Series champion, and easily regarded as one of the all-time greats. With his soothing Scottish voice, Dario joined us to not just tell tales of IndyCar racing, but life away from the track, his brief stint in NASCAR, the amazing tale of being robbed at gunpoint, getting involved in high speed chases with people braking in to his home, and life after forced retirement. It’s an amazing listen, and afterward he drove us for the rest of the trip! Dinner was served at Santé a restaurant at the Fairmont Mission Inn in Sonoma, California. We kick off our third season with the music of Desure, a favorite of Patrick Long. Thanks to Continental Tire for all of their support, and Acura for providing a great car.