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Scott McLaughlinIndyCar iRacing Barber Winner Scott McLaughlin visited The Freak Nation from Australia his home country. McLaughlin was scheduled to driver with Roger Penske in 2020 before the global agenda changed radically. McLaughlin Saturday got a squeaky win over Will Power in a virtual race at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham. McLaughlin is a great conversation. Listen…

Eric JacuzziNASCAR R&D Engineer Eric Jacuzzi is the Senior Director of Aerodynamics at the NASCAR facility. But our main topic of conversation Sunday night centered on what brilliant engineering minds in motor racing could do to help with the COVID-19 global pandemic ripping apart America. What Jacuzzi and The Freaks considered, however, was how fabricators who concentrated on aero could help with personal protective equipment for medical responders. Listen…

Frank CaliendoComedian Frank Caliendo is an iconic star in entertainment. When you get Caliendo on your show you’ve actually booked a dozen ormore personalities. In short, Caliendo is brilliant! He moves from one impersonation to another with so much ease you don’t even perceive what’s going on. The Freaks talked with Caliendo a year ago at the Indy 500. It was a comfortable place for a man who started in America’s Midwest. Listen…

Ricky StenhouseNASCAR Driver Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. also wears the title World of Outlaws team owner and he wears it with pride. That’s why Stenhouse could talk easilly about a new documentary called For The Love of Dirt about the World of Outlaws Series, one of the most exciting forms of racing in the world of motorsports. Stenhouse knows both divergent roads well. He explained they both Sunday night. Listen…

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

FansI love it when people think outside the box. Refusing to think outside the box may be a reason why so many Americans are quarantined inside a social box now.

But I saw some outside the box thinking today while watching CBS Sunday Morning. A commercial highlighted jet car drag racer Elaine Larsen selling a financial instrument to protect incomes in case of a life change.

That’s certainly outside the box thinking.

I’ve always believed that the sponsor starved motor racing community continuously sells itself short when trolling for supporters. Motor racing and the people who participate and watch are a highly technical lot but technical companies are under-represented throughout the industry.

So much of the time motor racing sells speed and danger instead of problem solving and accuracy in everyday life.

That spot this morning stood out from ninety minutes of television programming. Isn’t that what sponsors are looking for?

Peace.

Timmy HIllNASCAR iRacing Texas Winner Timmy Hill stepped into the spotlight with his win Sunday. That made his appearance in The Freak Nation Sunday night even more bright. Hill has considerable racing experience in NASCAR but his win in a virtual race was pretty important for Hill’s career. Listen…

Sage KaramIndyCar iRacing Watkins Glen Winner Sage Karam has been in and out of IndyCar racing for several years but his virtual win at The Glen Saturday may be a door opener to return to the series regularly. Karam dominated in the iRacing world Saturday and in these different times, that may be enough. Listen…

Tony Kanaan1999 IndyCar Series Champion Tony Kanaan, the 2004 Indy 500 winner, is a longtime Friend of the Freaks as well. Kanaan was in another sim race this weekend in addition to the IndyCar iRacing event Saturday. The Legends event included names like Emerson Fittipaldi and Juan Montoya. Kanaan, though, has fun anywhere he competes. Listen…

Jeff GluckThe Athletic Motorsports Analyst Jeff Gluck is a longtime Friend of the Freaks. His appearance Sunday night shed some light on the growing presence of sim racing in motorsports. Gluck said he wasn’t a regular in the sim world but he knows how important it is in a content starved industry today. Listen…

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

FansThose of you waiting for things to return to normal better take two aspirin and sleep that off. The normal we knew is gone.

Except maybe in NASCAR. Despite fan response to the new, shorter and more competitive iRacing invitationals we may see NASCAR officials return to the old norms. Let’s hope not.

IndyCar this weekend got into the sim racing shows with Sage Karam stepping out of the shadows and getting the win at a virtual Watkins Glen. Maybe in sim racing we’ll find out that some of the better drivers are on the sidelines or at the back of the pack because they can’t get ownership attention for a regular seat.

Racing is indeed a team sport including the guys back at the shop or on pit wall.

But drivers should have the greatest influence on a race. Racing is about men or women deciding who has the skills or heart to compete and win. I have the feeling that we don’t always see the best on a race weekend.

The whole point is this: we don’t know what normal will be from now on. Let’s just hope it won’t be what we’re experiencing now. I’d like to go outside again.

Peace.