Indy, Apple & More

It’s still the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.

It’s still the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.

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Montoya at Indy (photo: Mike Young)

That is the consensus of the panel on this edition of “Autoline After Hours,” host John McElroy, Motor Trend Detroit editor Scott Burgess, Automobile Magazine Detroit bureau chief Todd Lassa, and me.

Juan Pablo Montoya took his second kiss of the bricks on May 24 in the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500, a race that he won by 0.1046 seconds, which is probably more time than it takes to read “0.1046 seconds.” (Second place was achieved by Will Power.)

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Montoya meet bricks (photo: Joe Skibinski)

McElroy and Burgess were on site at the Brickyard for the race, and they share some of what they saw—and heard—at the race.

And we wonder why Honda—Graham Rahal running a car with a Honda engine finished fifth, the best of anyone with that package—seemed to be completely outpowered by the Chevys.

In addition to which—after all, May 24 was a HUGE day in racing—they discuss the Monaco Grand Prix (Nico Rosberg wins his third consecutive Monaco, which puts him in a group that also includes Graham Hill, Alain Prost, and Ayrton Senna) and glance at the Coca-Cola 600 (won by Carl Edwards driving a Toyota, which was two races in a row won by a Toyota, which has been greatly overshadowed by Chevy and Ford in the series).

In addition to which, the four of us talk about the BrandZ 100 Most Valuable Brands, 2015, which happens to have Toyota as the top automotive brand—but it doesn’t show up until #30.

They talk about Apple CarPlay and Android Auto from Google—and it is worth noting that on the aforementioned BrandZ list, Apple is #1 and Google #2—and the implications for automakers when it comes to the displays in automobiles.

That, and much more, which you can see right here: