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On this episode of the Autoweek Podcast, host Rory Carroll joins Mike Pryson, Robin Warner and Graham Kozak to talk about the upcoming racing season. The group talks about Danica Patrick’s Daytona 500 return with a GoDaddy-backed Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and what it means to racing as a whole. After Danica Patrick’s racing legacy is wrapped, the team shifts gears and talks about the other race in Daytona: the Rolex 24. Rory, Mike and Robin talk about the CadillacMazda and Acura racing teams as well as Jackie Chan’s team’s shot at winning the race. During the discussion about the race, Robin and Rory gamble on which of Wayne Taylor’s sons, Ricky and Jordan, is the eldest. Before finishing up on Rolex, the group praises Yost Autosport and Fernando Alonso’s efforts in the Daytona. Before the end of the motorsports section, the team takes a quick look at Dan Gurney’s life, but expect a more substantial Gurney episode in the future.

After Mike leaves, Wesley Wren hops on a mic to talk about the hits from this year’s North American International Auto Show. The guys highlight Hyundai’s Veloster N before getting derailed by a cultural analysis of 1968’s “Bullitt” thanks to the special-edition Mustang’s reveal. Rory and Graham argue about the importance of the film as well as if it’s entertaining or not, which leads to a bigger discussion about other seminal 1960s racing movies. After the team reaches a conclusion about “Bullitt,” they dive back into the auto show. Trucks like the new Ram 1500 and the Ford Ranger were the talk of the show floor in Detroit, alongside the new G-Class.

After the auto show, the team reviews the anticipated Kia Stinger GT. The rear-wheel-drive Kia is praised by the group for its attention to detail, driving characteristics and the simple fact it exists.

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By Autoweek Staff