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Johnny O'ConnellFour-Time World Challenge Champion Johnny O’Connell (2012-2015) is one of the most successful GT drivers in U.S. history. His wins have come in Le Mans, Sebring and anywhere in the World Challenge series. He was in The Freak Nation Sunday Night to talk about the World Challenge stop at the Long Beach Grand Prix weekend. O’Connell will be in the Cadillac at Long Beach and that’s where his conversation centered Sunday. But he also went other places including watching his daughter on social media. Listen.

SimonPagenaud2016 IndyCar champion Simon Pagenaud is a longtime Friend of the Freaks. His visit Sunday night was getting The Freaks up to speed on his quest for a second championship season with Penske Racing. Pagenaud talked with Statt Mann about a number of things including keeping it simple when it comes to race strategy. Pagenaud also talked about his offseaon with friends and family in France before he returned to the US to get ready for his title defense. Listen…

Troy Coughlin JrNHRA Top Fuel Driver Troy Coughlin, Jr. is in his first year of Top Nitro drag racing. And it’s his first year of visiting The Freak Nation. We had fun with the next generation of The Family Coughlin. We evengot to tease him a bit on his girlfriend “at home.” Troy Jr. has traveled around drag racing’s biggest and smallest ports ‘call. So he understands fights, fame and finishing in the spotlight. Listen…

Matt HaganNHRA Funny Car points leader Matt Hagan was in The Freak Nation Sunday night. He interrupted a workout for the visit. Hagan is a workout warrior and that’s evident when you see his chiseled build. Does that help with his wins this year? Or is it his determination to have a great season to dedicate to his brother who died suddenly in the off-season. Hagan in a Friend of The Freaks and he opens up a bit in this conversation. Listen.

Ryan BlaneyNASCAR Cup driver Ryan Blaney was second in Sunday’s Daytona 500. He’s also one of the brightest lights in NASCAR’s future. So when he came into The Freak Nation we had to learn a little about this upcoming star. We did learn that the growing beards in the Cup field are impressive to Blaney who says he’d have a problem growing one, even with a Sharpie! Blaney also talked about some mistakes he’s made early in his career off the track, mistakes that could cost him if they happen again. Listen…

Brittany ForceNHRA Top Fuel driver Brittany Force was second at Phoenix Sunday.  She came into The Freak Nation before the event to talk about her experiences in reality television and the ESPN The Magazine Body issue.  She also talked about her legendary father and how he impacts her budding Top Fuel career.  Force is one of the fastest drivers in Top Fuel this year but she also talked about several drivers who didn’t want to race her earlier in her career. Listen…

Jimmie JohnsonSeven-Time & 2016 NASCAR Champion Jimmie Johnson came into The Freak Nation this week to share some thoughts on the new NASCAR format that’ll debut next week during the season-opening Daytona 500. Johnson calls it the new NASCAR ecosystem. It includes new race formats, new points formats and new formats for driver safety and concussion protocols. Johnson is another long-time Friend of the Freaks so when he comes in for a chat, it’s always something new for us to learn. Listen…

Tony Kanaan2004 IndyCar Champion Tony Kanaan, winner of the 2013 Indy 500, broke some news this week in The Freak Nation.  The Brazilian born Kanaan is now an American citizen.  That’s a piece of news he offered.  And there’s more.  Tony is a long time Friend of the Freaks who has a resume that also includes a 2015 overall win at the Rolex 24 t Daytona.  So when we get a chance to visit with Tony, there’s always something new.  Listen…

CourtneyForceNHRA Mello Yello Funny Car driver Courtney Force starts the opening weekend of the season with the confidence that her John Force Racing Team had her the fastest of all at preseason testing last week. Courtney has won races – eight in her young career – and finished sixth in the Funny Car standings last season. But she turned up with speed in the Arizona testing and enters the Winternationals this weekend with lots of hope for this season. Listen…

JackBeckmanNHRA Funny Car driver Jack Beckman is a favorite in The Freak Nation. His background is teaching people to get their drag racing licenses so he has considerable knowledge on what makes you fast in a four second Funny Car. Beckman has 24 career wins in the NHRA including a 2012 Funny Car championship. He finished fifth last season after challenging for the title at midseason. Beckman knows a lot about the four second quarter mile. Listen…