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Beards, Booze, and Bacon: The IndyCar Racing Episode

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For this week’s episode of Beards, Booze, and Bacon: The Manual Podcast, Managing Editor Nicole Raney and our wonderful host, Greg Nibler, chat with two very special guests: Zach Veach and Dalton Kellet, professional race car drivers for the Andretti Autosport team.

Zach and Dalton compete in open-wheel racing. Simply put, it’s the sport of driving really, really fast in a car with wheels on the outside of its body. Zach drives the No. 26 Group One Thousand One Honda for the Verizon IndyCar Series and Dalton can be seen in the No. 28 K-Line Insulators USA Mazda in the Indy Lights league. If that wasn’t already impressive, both of these speed demons are still in their early 20s.

And when we say “really, really fast,” we mean it — Dalton and Zach regularly top 200 mph. What’s it like to hit that speed? How do you prepare for a race? What’s the difference between IndyCar and Indy Lights? How cool is Mario Andretti? Dalton and Zach answer all of these questions and more.

The two daredevils — of yeah, we forgot to mention they are fans of other equally dangerous sports — also talk to us about how they got into rock climbing and what they like to do in their free time, what little of it they have. We’re grateful they had a few extra minutes to spare while they were in The Manual office because we challenged Zach and Dalton to a mini-tournament of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on the Nintendo Switch with some amazing (and competitive) folks from our brother site, Digital Trends. After a smidge of smack talk and bit of humble-bragging, we settled it all on the track. And the winner is …

We were sad to see Dalton and Zach go, but we’re looking forward to their return to the Pacific Northwest for the Grand Prix of Portland the weekend of August 31 through September 2. Not in Portland? No problem. Take a look at the Verizon IndyCar Series and Indy Lights schedules to see when they’ll be heading your way. The seasons are wrapping up for 2018, but you can expect plenty of fuel-powered fun next year.

If you have a question for The Manual podcast crew, give us a shout at — we’re always around! Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter and keep an eye out for our weekly podcast polls so you can join the discussion. You can also follow Dalton (Instagram and Twitter) and Zack (Instagram and Twitter) to stay up to speed (pun intended) on what they’re doing.

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