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Steve TorrenceNHRA Top Fuel Chicago Winner Steve Torrence, the defending Top Fuel champion, won his fourth straight race on the NHRA season. Torrence is dominating the series in 2019. He must be in the heads of the other drivers because his Capco team is running so consistently strong. But Torrence is getting used to his Freak Nation visits. That why we like having him. Listen…

SC_FreaksThe Freaks spent several minutes Sunday night reviewing a new documentary, Rapid Response.  It made it’s world debut before the 103rd Indianapolis 500 and it was a shocking film in what it revealed. It was especially touching to Crash Gladys who grew up at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway where her father was part of the medical team before his death.  The important revelation from Rapid Response, however, could be what it said about developments in general sports medicine.  Listen…

Ty MajeskiARCA Pocono Winner Ty Majeski is making a name for himself in the series very quickly. His 2019 ride is part-time. But of the first three races, he won two in a row. And, luckily for him, those wins came when the lader series was running with the major Cup team owners watching. Majeski recognizes his good fortune but is quick to point to his team and his own confidence for his success. Listen…

Chris DysonTrans Am Lime Rock Winner Chris Dyson is another Friend of the Freaks.  His win last Monday at Lime Rock came after he was hospitalized for injuries received in a dirt track race the Thursday night before that.  Dyson’s career resume includes the 2011 ALMS championship in very high end sports cars.  But he’s transitioning his career to dirt tracks with USAC and muscle cars with the Trans Am.  Listen…

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

I was part of the world media banging the drum when Estonian rally driver Ott Tanak out dueled Sebastian Loeb and Sebastian Ogier to win the World Rally Championship round in Chile two weeks ago.

Loeb and Ogier represent the last 15 world rally titles. Tanak? He’s just entering the world stage spotlight. Hands were wringing over the thought of another shootout this weekend.

2019 Tanak Portugal

Tanak , though, doubled down on the Chile success winning in Portugal this weekend. Ogier was third but Loeb showed some age crashing out after a difficult event that found him fighting off backmarkers all weekend.

Tanak, in fact, had wisdom in Portugal. You get bonus points for doing well in the last stage of a World Rally Championship round. The Power Stage is largely for television and the extra points encourage drivers to do well in front of the cameras.

Tanak, though, slowed at the end making sure Ogier won the Power Stage. He surrendered the points but Ogier’s success means he’ll start first on the road at the next event in Italy. First on the road means you get to clean away the gravel so all the cars behind you have a faster track to follow. Smart.

Peace.

SimonPagenaud2019 Indy 500 Winner Simon Pagenaud scored a dramatic victory over Alexander Rossi Sunday. His visit with The Freaks was quick but memorable. It was Pagenaud’s third straight week with The Freaks after winning the Indianapolis Grand Prix followed by the Indy 500 Pole and, finally, the race to own the month of May at the Speedway. Pagenaud’s conversation went everywhere from Freaks’ Mojo to his favorite topic, his dog Norman. Listen…

Mario Andretti1969 Indy 500 Winner Mario Andretti was celebrated all month at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It was the 50th anniversary of his only win at Indy. But the 79 year old racing legend remains heavily involved in IndyCar racing from being an IndyCar Ambassador to driving the demonstration car giving VIPs the thrill of their life on a racetrack. But being with The Freaks is a thrill for all involved. Listen…

Dale Earnhardt, Jr.NBC Racing Analyst Dale Earnhardt is a strange sentence to write. Dale Junior had an excellent racing career winning championships and races in NASCAR before his retirement. But his broadcast career could surpass even his sometimes brilliance on a racetrack. His contribution to NBC’s Indy 500 broadcast Sunday was just an example of what’s might be ahead. Listen…

Leigh DiffeyNBC Race Broadcaster Leigh Diffey is a fun conversation in The Freak Nation. Sunday night was no difference. After more than a half century of ABC broadcasting the Indy 500, NBC sports did this year’s race and Diffey was in the center of a great race and broadcast. Diffey is fun… Listen…

Mike Tirico2019 Indy 500 Broadcast Host Mike Tirico might be the best sports broadcaster in the industry. He’s done championship games, Olympic Games and legendary games. Sunday he hosted the NBC Indy 500 broadcast with Dale Earnhardt and Danica Patrick. That was after he took a two-seater ride with Mario Andretti. Tirico did all of it with his usual calm and engaging personality. He’ll be welcome in racing as well as The Freak Nation. Listen…