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Angelle SampeyNHRA Indy3 Pro Stock Motorcycle Winner Angelle Sampey took time from a victory party to talk with The Freaks Sunday night. Angelle broke through with her first win on a Harley on her birthday weekend. The winningest woman in racing got her first win in four years and she was pretty happy about it. She explained how and why she needed to learn all over again being on a Harley. She called Sunday her day. Listen…

Robin MillerRacer/IndyCar Insider Robin Miller visits The Freak Nation frequently. It was great to hear from him Sunday night. He brought The Freaks up to speed on changes at the Speedway in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. He had some headlines on Speedway owner Roger Penske and some speculation on rumors involving the Indiana University Medical Center and some talk on what might be in Chevrolet’s IndyCar future. Listen…

Desiree BurchActor/Comedian Desiree Burch is an actor, producer and comedian who lives in America and the UK while making her living on the global platform Netflix. Oh, and she knows the inside stuff of Formula One racing and the drivers who compete in the series. Burch is fun and her conversation is wild. Listen…

Jesse JanischXtreem Flat Track Sturgis Winner Jesse Janisch called in from a camp ground and camp fire Sunday night. He was enjoying his week at the Sturgis motorcycle rally winning flat track races along the way.  Janisch said he loves motorcycles and riding them. He races in several disciplines including off-road racing professionally in Texas.  Listen…

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

Many memories in twenty years of Freak-dom. One is meeting Gary Scelzi one night outside his motorhome. He was grilling for all comers and that included The Freaks. So, Scelzi fed me and that’s not forgotten easily.

But there’s another reason not to forget the four-time NHRA champion and that’s three in Top Fuel and one in Funny Car. We had a chance to watch his newborn son Giovanni grow up and become a more than competent driver himself.

Giovanni ScelziGiovanni started making a name in open-wheel Sprint Cars but he’s now moved to stock cars with one of the great ladder teams in racing, Bill McAnally Racing. The 18-year-old is one of four rookies on the team this year and this week finished a career best third in the ARCA West race outside Seattle Friday night.

Takes me back to a night at Irwindale when Giovanni was racing a Ford Midget Sprinter, I think. He won the race and I was calling Gary to let him know. But he was trying to rush me off the phone because he wanted to know how Giovanni did. Once he figured out the reason for the call Gary became a proud Dad and was almost (almost!) speechless.

Still a Scelzi in a stock car doesn’t make sense. Should be a Funny Car. But a Giovanni in a Cup Car would be great to hear. Here’s hoping.

Peace.

Josef NewgardenIndyCar Iowa2 Winner Josef Newgarden was in The Freak Nation Sunday night with a fun conversation that was on and off the track and, even, back home with the family. Newgarden is the 2017 and 2019 IndyCar champion so he’s been a regular with The Freaks. Sunday night, though, he had a good time. Listen…

Brett HolmesARCA Series Kentucky Winner Brett Holmes made a debut in The Freak Nation Sunday night. And he did it with some fun. Holmes explained how he was so frustrated he took a year off with his team to figure out what was wrong. That was last season. Now he’s second in the points with the win in Kentucky. Holmes says the changes the team made were important to the success they’re having now. Listen..

Chris FergusonLucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Diamond National Winner Chris Ferguson made a step up in class last weekend when he won the Diamond Nationals at Lucas Oil Speedway in Missouri. Ferguson comes from a racing family where his aunts, uncles and Dad all have trips into victory circle on their resume. But Ferguson is most proud of winning with his Grandmother watching on television. Listen…

Bobby LeeComedian Bobby Lee’s appearance in The Freak Nation brought some fun that had nothing to do with motor racing. In fact, Lee knows little about motor racing and he’s almost proud of that! He even asked why he was on the broadcast. The craziness was obvious. But Bobby Lee made some assumptions that weren’t quite true anyway. Listen…

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

Formula One this week said it wasn’t bringing races to the Americas this season. That means events in Canada, the United States, Mexico and Brazil were done for this pandemic year.

Nu F1 LogoIn fact, the F1 paddock expressed some concern about coming to America and going to Brazil, two countries that don’t have a handle on the Covid-19 pandemic.

Letters went out this week triggering a rebuttal from the promoter in Brazil. He said the contract has a force majeure provision but the pandemic doesn’t meet that standard.

In fact, this might be an ongoing problem. And the issue might be F1’s new owners Liberty Media. It wants to race in Rio. The current contract puts the race in Sao Paulo. But that contract runs out this year and a new deal isn’t on the table.

Making matters worse Brazil hasn’t paid any fees since 2017, a going away present from Bernie Ecclestone.

If the pandemic isn’t something that’s out of everyone’s control, I don’t know what is. But the bigger issue might be the money. Always follow the money.
Peace.