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Colton HertaIndyCar Mid-Ohio2 Winner Colton Herta found time for The Freak Nation while driving back to Indianapolis after his win Sunday in Central Ohio. Herta dominated the win and it seems the only times he gets on the IndyCar podium is when he wins. Sunday was his third in IndyCar and it came after the fourth Pole of his young career. Herta was the youngest race winner in IndyCar history when he won at Circuit of The Americas at 18 years, 359 days old. He has a brilliant career ahead but Formula One? Listen…

Brendan GaughanNASCAR Driver Brendan Gaughan is an original Friend of the Freaks. His return to The Freak Nation Sunday night was to talk about his relationship with former Georgetown basketball coach John Thompson. Gaughan played football and basketball for the Hoyas and it was a real fight with Thompson to get him to “let” Brendan start his racing career in the Nevada desert. These are stories you won’t hear anywhere else. Listen…

Dave MustaineMegadeth Lead Singer Dave Mustaine returned to The Freak Nation Sunday night to talk about his new book “Rust in Peace.” It’s a memoir about his days with the band and his battles with addictions, legal fights with fellow band members and cancer. Mustaine’s fights also include several black belts. Listen…

Carson HocevarNASCAR/ARCA Driver Carson Hocevar was only 15 when he won the Pole at an ARCA race leading men older than his father to the green flag.  Hocevar has since spread his talents around the stock car world winning a Super Late Model Race this weekend at Berlin Raceway.  He’s also had success driving NASCAR trucks.  He’s sampling everything and liking it.  Listen…

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

Six-time World Driving Champion Lewis Hamilton won Sunday at the Tuscan Grand Prix in Italy. Post race he wore a t-shirt supporting Breonna Taylor while he talked with media.

Hamilton’s anti-racism efforts have been strong. This week he showed another interest launching X44, a team that will compete in the all-electric Extreme E off-road series.

Lewis Hamilton

It’s Hamilton’s first adventure into team ownership. He said this is a step towards raising awareness of global environmental issues.
Chip Ganassi Racing and Andretti Autosport have announced teams as well. Hamilton says he will not be part of the X44 driver lineup and he won’t take a direct operational role in team.

Extreme E will race electric vehicles in five remote locations that are already damaged or severely threatened by melting ice caps and deforestation among other things damaging the planet.

The series is scheduled to begin in Senegal in January.

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Ty GibbsARCA St. Louis Winner Ty Gibbs brought his 17-year-old self into The Freak Nation Sunday night and had more composure and fun than some of the Freak visitors twice his age. Gibbs is Coach Joe Gibbs grandson and Coy Gibb’s son. So Ty has been around success all his life and he expect it from his racing. Listen…

T.J. ZizzoNHRA Top Fuel Indy2 Finalist T.J. Zizzo has been waiting for about two months to run his final round against newcomer Justin Ashley, both of whom reigned over the heavy-hitting, full-time teams in the greasy heat last July to advance to their first career professional final rounds. The rainshowers, however, forced the two unlikely finalists to put the champagne on ice for the next six weeks. They’ll try again to run it off next weekend at the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis. Listen…

Jerett BrooksLucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series Wheatland Pro 2 Winner Jerett Brooks enjoyed his visit to The Freak Nation Sunday night. Brooks has championships and event wins on his resume. But he’s preparing for the Daytona 500 of short course off road racing in Crandon next weekend. He says it’s the biggest event of that sport. Brooks has a new truck ready for the big event. Listen…

Plastic Cup BoyzComedians The Plastic Cup Boyz presented by Kevin Hart includes comedians Na’im Lynn and Will “Spank” Horton.   These guys write some of Hart’s material but they’re hilarious in their own right. They even filmed their own stand-up special (presented by Hart, of course) in 2014. They even had some fun with The Freaks at the expense of an NFL legend.  Listen…

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

Years ago, I heard of a Scandinavian medical study that looked at the inner ear balance in world class rally drivers.

The study said the best usually had more inner ear fila that allowed them to feel balance in the car that much quicker than a mere mortal. That split second advantage allowed them to drive faster on bad roads, the matrix for rally success.

I’ve bumped around on Google looking for some kind of confirmation with no success but the idea does make sense.

Lewis HamiltonI bring this up in conjunction with a Netflix interview involving David Letterman and Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton who won again Sunday in Belgium.

Someone in the audience muffled a sneeze and Hamilton dutifully offered a “Bless You…” without missing a beat in the conversation with Letterman. While the audience laughed, Hamilton apologized with a smile: “I have great hearing.”

Could also be his inner ear. He’s favored for a seventh world championship this year.

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