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Mark MIlesMark Miles is the President and Chief Executive Officer Hulman & Company, which owns the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IndyCar. So when The Freaks get a chance to talk with him we learn a lot especially about IndyCar’s new TV contract with NBC. That was announced this week so the news is fresh. We learned about all the future of broadcasting which includes streaming and what that might cost IndyCar fans. Listen…

Judas Priest Lead Singer Rob Halford is getting comfortable in The Freak Nation. That’s why he always leaves us with something great when he visits. This time he spoke something brilliant. It was about the boxes and labels that surround us at a culture. The band opened a massive world tour last weekend in Pennsylvania. It’ll go until 2019 when Judas Priest celebrates it’s 50th anniversary. Listen…

This is the Statt Mann. Time to Scat a little bit…

You know what we don’t do enough? We don’t experience life. We tend to watch it wash by in a flash flood of moments, cheering for someone else’s success and not our own.

I didn’t watch much Motorsports this weekend. Television isn’t a priority at Ghost Ranch, 23,000 acres of northern New Mexico in a little town called Abiquiu.

Ghost Ranch

Georgia O’Keefe lived and did a lot of her painting there. Heard some intimate stories about her too. Ghost Ranch isn’t in the middle of nowhere but you can see nowhere from one of its hills.

In fact, I turned right out of the gate and when went looking for nowhere. I wound it up near the Colorado border watching it snow sideways in 40 degree temperatures. I turned back deciding nowhere wasn’t a hospitable place.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, while writing and listening to Clapton and Billy Preston, a woman walked by the window. She smiled, waved, said Hi and kept going.

In Southern California women cry, grab their purse and run the other way when they see me.

New Mexico is different. You have to experience New Mexico.

Peace.

CJ WilsonIMSA Team Owner CJ Wilson is a long-time Friend of The Freaks. So when he makes a visit there’s usually something worth remembering. That includes Sunday night’s visit when CJ gave The Freaks a headline about Ryan Seacrest. He also gave us some news on why he picked Honda over several other customer racing options. Listen…

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

Some things bothered me this week in the news.

Elon Musk launching a Tesla roadster into space is a technological achievement for sure. But getting a promised new car out on time for the people who are standing in line to get one would be more of an achievement.

Tesla in Space

Besides the cavalier attitude we take about launching new debris into space to advertise and cross promote business interests; isn’t that how we got this planet into its current environmental problems?

And the idea that American oil production and oil profits are up and oil barrel prices are steady shouldn’t be a market that calls for pump prices to climb. But climb they did anyway.

I have friends who question me about my new small car and why I don’t want to put more money into the pockets of those lying dog oil producing companies.

But there was one good thing. It’s great to have Jeff Gordon in the NASCAR on FOX broadcast booth again. Why there’s room for Michael Waltrip is anyone’s guess.

Peace.

Zak  BrownUnited Autosport & McLaren team boss Zak Brown made his first visit into The Freak Nation Saturday before the start of the Rolex 24 at Daytona thanks to Continental Tire. Brown is in the United States doing business for McLaren Technologies and promoting a documentary film. The Southern California native has grown in the motorsports ranks to become one of the most powerful men in racing worldwide. The Freaks find out why. Listen…

Bobby RahalMotorsports Legend Bobby Rahal is a longtime Friend of The Freaks. We talked with him before the start of the Rolex 24 at Daytona thanks to Continental Tire. Rahal’s BMW Team is running in the GTLM category in the 24 hour race. But he was also honored this week by the Road Racing Driver’s Club for his life-long commitment to motor racing. The Freaks always have a great time talking with a good friend, Bobby Rahal. Listen…

Van LathanTMZ Sports Correspondent Van Lathan is a regular visitor to The Freak Nation so when he comes in, we’re ready to listen to some behind-the-scenes talk that you can only hear in the TMZ world. The biggest headline for our ears was the rumor that NASCAR driver Danica Patrick and NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers were dating, something that’s happened quickly apparently and with great passion. Listen…

Rob HalfordJudas Priest Lead Singer Rob Halford returns to The Freak Nation where he spent a couple hours with Kenny Sargent and Crash Gladys recently. We boiled that conversation down to about ten minutes Sunday night but we left in the legendary singer’s unforgettable comments. He talks about the aftermath of 9/11 and how he’s observed changes in America. And he talks about coming out of the closet as a gay man and legendary lead singer in the heavy metal world. Listen…

Ralph-SheheenFOX Sports Supercross Announcer Ralph Sheheen is a longtime Friend of The Freaks especially when it comes to the Supercross season which debuted for 2018 Saturday night in Anaheim. Sheheen took us backstage on everything from wardrobe malfunctions, to race winners to whatever happened to James Stewart anyway? Listen…