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This is the Statt Mann Baby. Time to Scatt a little bit.

The people who run World Rallycross, IMG, are bending to pressure from global car makers. They’re demanding a showcase electric and hybrid machinery, the kinds of vehicles manufacturers want to sell in showrooms.

2017 Ken Block Rallycross

This week IMG announced Projekt E, an initiative for electric car competition. It will be part of the World RX weekend by 2021 at the latest.

IMG says this is an acknowledgement of “a future that embraces sustainability, responsibility and advanced technologies.”

That sentence, however, ignores threats from manufacturers to withdraw from racing series unless something is done to create new technologies they can embrace.

Rallycross might be the perfect vehicle for electrification. The races are short and demand quick power and torque, all benefits of a battery powered machine.

Let’s hope it flies.

Peace.

Alexander RossiIndyCar Long Beach Winner Alexander Rossi came into The Freak Nation shortly after his second straight win at the Long Beach Grand Prix. Rossi won the Pole and dominated the race Sunday afternoon. He got the win driving a Honda powered car in front of the President and CEO of American Honda. An important win for Andretti Autosport to be sure! Listen…

Robert HIghtNHRA Houston Funny Car Winner Robert Hight won his first ract in Houston 48 wins ago. He came into the Freak Nation then and he came back Sunday night. In between there were many visits but this time he talked about the missing Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle classes that weren’t at the Houston Springnationals. Hight also talked about how other racing series can take advantage of the technology in drag racing to get better at THEIR racing disciplines. Listen…

Joao BarbosaIMSA Long Beach Bubba Burger Grand Prix Winner Joao Barbosa came into The Freak Nation Sunday night and talked about a wide racing number of topics. His race Saturday had a dramatic finish. His teammate Felipe Albuquerque had to hold off a late race charge from Ricky Taylor in an Acura. The last time Albuquerque was chased by Taylor, Ricky made a controversial pass that knocked Felipe off the track. It didn’t happen this time though. Listen…

Ryan BeatLucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series Pro-Lite Champion Ryan Beat knows the dirt he races on so well that he can “read” it. That includes looking at dirt from different regions of the country and knowing where it came from. Beat says the skill is important in off-road racing. But he says he’d like to try some pavement racing like others in his sport. Listen…

Don PrudhommeDrag Racing Legend Don “The Snake” Prudhomme was in The Freak Nation Sunday night to talk about everything but drag racing. Prudhomme plans to run in the NORRA Mexican 1000 rally in two weeks sponsored by Lucas Oil.  At 78 he’ll be paired with a 16-year-old teenager, Jagger Jones. Jones is the sun of P.J. Jones and grandson of racing legend Parnelli Jones. Prudhomme says he’s looking forward to racing the the teen as well as running in an event he wanted to try more than fifty years ago. Listen…

This is the Statt Mann Baby. Time to Scatt a little bit.

The people who run World Rallycross, IMG, are bending to pressure from global car makers. They’re demanding a showcase electric and hybrid machinery, the kinds of vehicles manufacturers want to sell in showrooms.
2017 Ken Block Rallycross

This week IMG announced Projekt E, an initiative for electric car competition. It will be part of the World RX weekend by 2021 at the latest.

IMG says this is an acknowledgement of “a future that embraces sustainability, responsibility and advanced technologies.”

That sentence, however, ignores threats from manufacturers to withdraw from racing series unless something is done to create new technologies they can embrace.

Rallycross might be the perfect vehicle for electrification. The races are short and demand quick power and torque, all benefits of a battery powered machine.

Let’s hope it flies.

Peace.

Kyle BuschNASCAR Bristol Winner Kyle Busch came into The Freak Nation Sunday night with much to say about Bristol, his recovery from an early race crash and post-race comments from his brother Kurt Busch. Kurt was running second behind Kyle when he scrapped the wall and fell back. Kurt said he’d have crashed Kyle for a shot at winning. Does that open a door for Kyle? Listen…

Takuma SatoIndyCar Barber Winner Takuma Sato was back in The Freak Nation Sunday night after a popular win Sunday afternoon. Sato drives for Rahal, Letterman Lanigan Racing and his win came in front of one of his bosses, David Letterman, the former talkshow host. Will Sato have to expect Letterman at the races now to take advantage of that Mojo? It took a bit but Sato was able to talk about more than the mechanics of winning. Listen…

Mike SalinasNHRA Las Vegas Top Fuel Winner Mike Salinas got his first win Sunday in the Las Vegas 4-wide Nationals. Salinas is a San Jose businessman who’d never won anything before but now he’s with the best tuner in the business, Alan Johnson. In fact, Salinas gave the microphone to Johnson during the interview and Johnson had some ground pounding comments himself. Are big budgets necessary for success in drag racing? Listen…