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Alexander RossiIndyCar Road America Winner Alexander Rossi was in The Freak Nation Sunday night. His win Sunday afternoon was dominating leading 54 of 55 laps, an IndyCar record. Rossi passed pole sitter Colton Herta on the first turn and never looked back. He was more than ready for the win after a series of second place finishes. Listen…

Andrew HinesNHRA Norwalk Pro Stick Motorcycle Winner Andrew Hines has turned around a disappointing season in 2018 to a near perfect season in 2019. He told The Freak Nation that the mental changes he needed for wins in 2019 were substantial. In fact, the changes were coupled with renewed commitments to physical training at the gym. The combination worked wonders. Listen…

Ice CubeBig 3 Basketball Officials Ice Cube & Nancy Lieberman were in The Freak Nation this week just as the 3-on-3 league starts its third season.  Ice Cube owns the league and Lieberman coaches winning a championship last year.  The two of them are excited for the start of the new season and what Nancy means to women in sports.  Listen…

Edwin EversMajor League Fishing Winner Edwin Evers made his second trip to The Freak Nation Sunday night. Evers, in fact, is known for more than fishing. He distributes pecans around the world and has as much success at that as he does in catching fish in competition. Evers, with the help of General Tire, is an excellent ambassador for fishing when he’s not actually catching fish! Listen…

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

I’m not sure I understand all the drawing board rules of the new world sports car category for what’s called hypercars. But I do understand that hypercars will expand hybrid technology, electrification and production-based machines at the top of world sports car racing.

I think that’s a wonderfully good thing and, evidently, manufacturers are seeing it that way as well. Toyota has committed along with Aston Martin. McLaren is studying the new rules along with Ford.
2020 Hypercars
This top class will replace the uber expensive LMP1 class with lap times approximately equal to what is now LMP2. That alone indicates the rule book will tilt toward production-based machinery even though prototypes will be allowed.

Ford’s departure from GT racing to consider a hypercar program will tell you that manufacturers are interested in less expensive machinery that somehow makes people think showroom and not wish worlds.

Now, if only the NASCAR-based IMSA program would get on board.

Peace.

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

Earlier this week I noticed a Tweet that moaned the sponsorship woes surrounding two young and brilliant IndyCar drivers, Colton Herta and Patricio O’Ward.

Patricio OWardColton HertaTheir money problems were supposed to be an indication of growing troubles in the sport.

But upon further review, you might look at the drivers themselves and the state of all racing in 2019.

A very quick look at the Social Media presence of O’Ward and Herta shows there are far less than fifty thousand fans following both drivers even when you combine their published Twitter and Facebook followers.

Certainly, that’s a lot when you consider public accounts. But looking at celebrity accounts that’s a minuscule number. Sponsors these days want to audience return for their investments. Winning, losing and performance are secondary considerations.

Now, if you want to argue the value of that, then have it. But if you want sponsor support today, you need to create a universe the sponsors want to visit.

Peace

Ryan EversleyContinental Tire Hot Rod Power Tour Entrant Ryan Eversley joined The Freaks Sunday night during a break in the Continental Tires Hot Rod Power Tour. If you like beautiful cars and cruising for five days, you’ll love the Power Tour. Eversley takes us on a tour of the Tour including the burnouts that attracted cops who loved The King. Listen…

Robbie BuhlIndyCar Team Owner & Race Winner Robbie Buhl is a Detroit businessman now who is expanding his race interests to the emerging sport of rallycross. He visited with The Freaks at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course during an Americas Rallycross weekend. His driver Alex Keyes won the Lites category adding to Buhl’s resume as the 2000 IRL winner at Disney World Speedway, a team owner in the Indy 500 and more. Buhl’s interests include electrification. Listen…

Bobby UnserRacing Legend Bobby Unser is one of only two drivers to win the Indy 500 in three different decades: 1968, 1975 and 1981. (Rick Mears is the other.) But among his greatest accomplishments is being a Friend of the Freaks.  We love his visits because he has stories that can only come from a racing legend who’s won Indy three times.  This visit was no different.  Listen…

Scott DixonIndyCar Detroit 2 Winner Scott Dixon came into The Freak Nation Sunday night for his victory celebration. That came after finishing last in the Detroit Grand Prix race one win on Saturday. Dixon is a LONG time Friend of the Freaks so when he comes to visit it’s a great few minutes. This was no different especially after word this week that he was given an honor from the Royal Family in the UK. Listen…