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Of course there was disappointment in this camp at the way the Rolex 24 ended being called in the rain.

19-0127 Rolex RainI can imagine there were only four teams really happy with the decision from IMSA to call the race after two long Red
Flag periods to wait out the storm. Obviously, those teams were the class winners who inherited the victories.

As a fan at home, though, there was also some disappointment at the way the 24 hour race was handled by NBC Sports.
Half the time I couldn’t find the broadcast anywhere on my web enabled television.

At least FOX Sports would parcel out the mid race programming to any of several cable or internet streaming services.
But you could watch the race almost from flag to flag somewhere.

That wasn’t the case with NBC, at least not for me. Maybe I just didn’t have the latest information but isn’t that the
point? How do you build an audience if the audience can’t see the show?

Here’s hoping the upcoming season will be a little more visible.

Peace.

Jordan Taylor2019 Rolex 24 Winner Jordan Taylor returned to The Freak Nation Sunday Night shortly after celebrating the win with his teammates on the Wayne Taylor Racing team. Included on the team was two-time Formula One Champion Fernando Alonso. It was Jordan’s second straight win in the Rolex 24, a race that was shortened this year when rain overwhelmed the track causing two extended red flag periods including the one that ended the race a few minutes early. Listen.

Jay FryeIndyCar President Jay Frye Sunday night told The Freak Nation a lot of behind the scenes information about the upcoming IndyCar season and seasons to come. Will races start earlier in the year to capture audiences? Could there be a race the second week in January? Are new teams signing up for IndyCar racing? Is media already getting ready for Fernando Alonso’s appearance at the Indy 500 in May? Listen…

Brian LohnesNHRA Broadcast Announcer Brian Lohnes shared some drag racing trade secrets with The Freaks Sunday night. Maybe the biggest insight was how the NHRA will try to bring younger audiences into drag racing’s big tent. What role will Courtney Force play in drag racing going forward? Where’s 2018 Pro Stock champion Tanner Grey going? Lohnes will become the new NHRA broadcast announcer in a couple weeks when he joins analyst Tony Pedregon in a couple weeks at Pomona. Listen…

Kyle ChisholmSupercross rider Kyle Chisholm is trying to recover from knee injuries that sidelined him last year. Chisholm was in The Freak Nation Sunday night to talk about the strong competition in the series this season.  He said races early in the season are being won by riders who aren’t considered championship contenders now. Chisholm is in his 30s and that’s considered very “experienced” for Supercross. But he’s fighting for wins anyway. Listen…

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

In a world where sponsorships are coveted like your next breath, we’re told it was a simple phone call that brought IndyCar its next series partner.

An executive at Chip Ganassi Racing had been working with NTT Data, a Japanese corporation, when he suggested that IndyCar officials give them a call. He said NTT Data sounded like it would listen to a sponsorship pitch for 2019.

NTT Data logo

We’re told it all came together in only three months, something unheard of in the motorsports business world.

NTT Data already sponsors one of Ganassi’s cars so it wasn’t tough to sell the company on the value of IndyCar’s growing brand.

NTT Data is a major communications company in Japan that grosses nearly $110 billion annually. It seems a natural to have a high tech company at the reins in the high tech world of motor racing.

Activating the sponsorship and l etting people know that they’re in charge shouldn’t be a tough task.
Peace.

Mark MIlesIndyCar CEO Mark Miles was in The Freak Nation Sunday night to give The Freaks a State of IndyCar conversation. That includes the latest on IndyCar’s new series partner, NTT Data. that sponsorship will open in 2019 and was put together all within three months of talks. Miles also gave The Freaks some background on a special woman, Betty Rutherford who died Sunday. She was the wife of Indy 500 champoin Johnny Rutherford and a pioneer for women in the sport. Listen.

Adam FerraraActor Comedian Adam Ferrara who had a successful run on the TV show Top Gear was in The Freak Nation this week after learning that his latest comedy album, Unconditional, was named comedy album of the year. Ferrare had a hilarious visit talking about helping his Dad work on the family car, his friendship with fellow Top Gear hosts Tanner Foust and Rutledge Wood, and the road trip he took with Tanner that ended with things flying out of the van. Adam was fun with a capitol F. Listen…

Richard Petty7-Time NASCAR Cup Champion Richard Petty won all those championships around a record 200 wins in the sport. It’s no wonder he’s referred to as The King. He was in The Freak Nation this week talking about a number of things but especially a look at the modern day driver and the modern realities in NASCAR itself. Richard The King also talked about car safety developed by the legends of the sport who raced two generations ago. But maybe some of the biggest insights came on the STP sponsorship activation the Petty team had to literally wear into the NASCAR garage. Listen…

Robert HIght2009 & 2017 NHRA Funny Car Champion Robert Hight came into The Freak Nation where he’s always candid and comfortable with The Freaks.  Hight  admitted he has some new team members coming on board this year to replace those who wanted to come off the road in 2019.  Robert also admitted his Super Bowl picks and the kind of burgers he might be having on his tailgate party for The Super Bowl.  Listen…