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Open Wheel Open Mic: Malukas-Mania!

In the first episode of the newest Frontstretch podcast, IndyCar editor Alex Gintz joins host Jack Swansey to break down an exciting Bommarito Automotive Group 500 that saw Josef Newgarden claim his fifth win of 2022, leaving seven drivers eligible for the Astor Cup with just two races remaining.

Plus, Malukas-mania! With a strong performance to finish second at Gateway, Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports’ rookie David Malukas has staked a claim as America’s next open-wheel superstar. Or has he?

Finally, Gintz and Swansey dissect the thrilling legal drama that is Formula 1’s silly season ahead of the World Championship’s return this weekend in Belgium.

The F1 Belgian Grand Prix at the Circuit Spa-Francorchamps airs this Sunday (Aug. 28) at 9 a.m. ET on ESPN, while the NTT IndyCar Series’ Grand Prix of Portland from Portland International Raceway airs the following Sunday, Sept. 3 at 3 p.m. ET on NBC.

Sign up for Open Wheel Open Mic on Apple Podcasts and Spotify, or check out Frontstretch on Tuesday for some of that international racing flair.

About the author

Jack Swansey primarily covers open-wheel racing for Frontstretch and co-hosts The Pit Straight Podcast, but you can also catch him writing about NASCAR, sports cars, and anything else with four wheels and a motor. Originally from North Carolina and now residing in Los Angeles, he joined the site as Sunday news writer midway through 2022 and is an avid collector (some would say hoarder) of die-cast cars.

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