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The Freaks last week spent a few minutes talking about the 2020 Formula One calendar that includes Hanoi, Vietnam as the third race on the schedule.

Nu F1 LogoThose of us of a certain age still can’t separate Hanoi from the divisive realities of the 1960s when the United States was at war with Vietnam. But that’s what that government wants us to do.

If you can, take a look at this entire issue with some objectivity. The Hanoi race would be the fourth street race on the F1 calendar equal to Monaco in some categories.

Hanoi is a city of more than eight million people. And it’s easy to see how the Vietnamese government would be eager to display a city open for business especially tourism.

Formula One is one of the few bridges to the world’s tourism business rated at more than $1.25 TRILLION five years ago.

Spending fifty million dollars to get five or six times that in tourism dollars is a no brainer. Even if it means opening Hanoi for a look at what we used to call The Hilton.

Peace.

ERica EndersNHRA St. Louis Pro Stock Winner Erica Enders returned to The Freak Nation Sunday night after a big win. She’s fighting for another championship to go along with those won in 2015 and 2015. Enders is growing up with another birthday Tuesday. So she was hesitant to talk about the drivers she likes to beat more than others. Those were the drivers who made it difficult for her on the way to her two championships. Listen…

Brock HegerLucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Glen Helen Pro Lite Winner Brock Heger visited The Freak Nation Sunday night while he was pulling his rig home from a race weekend. Heger has had considerable success in the Lucas Oil Series with wins in Pro Lite and Production 1000. But keeping up with motorcycles whizzing by his truck is another thing. Listen…

Boris Said2004 Freakin’ Flashback with Boris Said. Sunday night The Freaks took us back to 2004 to listen to a wonder conversation with 2002 TransAm champion Boris Said. He’s another longtime Friend of the Freaks. That night he came into The Freak Nation with his infant son and fiancee and now wife. Boris never pulled any punches in his convesations with The Freaks, that’s why we like him. Listen…

Buddy Rice2004 Indy 500 Winner Buddy Rice is a longtime Friend of the Freaks. But it’s been a while since he was visiting with The Freaks. He took time from his rallycross coaching to talk with us from the paddock at Mid-Ohio. It was the last race of the year in the Americas Rallycross Championship. But Rice has students in the championship including weekend race winner Sage Karam, an IndyCar driver. Listen…

Gray LeadbetterAmericas Rallycross 2 Driver Gray Leadbetter is only 14 but she’s learning a lot ab out motor racing and driving from her mentor and coach Buddy Rice.  In fact, Gray called Rice a second father, she spends so much time with him learning how to compete on a track.  It’s helping, though.  Leadbetter is learning how to fight off the guys who want to overwhelm a teenaged girl in rallycross.  Listen…

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

Formula D logoPart of the SpeedFreaks history includes Formula Drift. In fact all three of us happened to be at the back of an SUV when Formula D co-founder James Liaw explained to us how he was going to start a series like none other in America.

Then American motorsports knew little or nothing about motor racing that’s judged and not competed wheel to wheel. Well that’s Formula D and it’s found an audience that loves the activity and, more to the point, loves the lifestyle.

Formula D started second to a Japanese drift series. Now it’s the world’s largest with series on other continents in addition to North America.

Now a significant milestone. Formula Drift had reached one million fans on Instagram. For context, that’s the same number listed for NASCAR.

It’s an important mark. Formula Drift is popular with young, tech-savvy fans who buy things that advertisers want to sell them.

So, in fifteen years in a Freak World, Formula Drift has become one of the most popular motorsports out there. Good on ‘em.

Peace.

Chase ElliottNASCAR Charlotte Roval Winner Chase Elliott came into The Freak Nation Sunday night after his important win. Elliott lost control of his car midway through the race, slammed into a barrier and had to drive his way through the field and back to the front to get the win. Elliott is part of the next generation of race winners in the NASCAR Cup Series so The Freaks enjoy it when we get a chance to talk with a potential champion. Listen…

tannerfoustAmericas Rallycross Texas Winner Tanner Foust interrupted dinner Sunday night to talk with The Freaks. It’d been a while since Foust was in The Freak Nation and we had a lot to catch up on including his potential Americas Rallycross Championship decider next weekend at Mid-Ohio. He’s the points leader and favorite to win the title but Tanner and titles are just a part of his resume. His titles can make the big screen. Listen…

George ThorogoodMusic legend George Thorogood was in The Freak Nation way back in 2003 so we decided to bring his appearance back to life in this Freakin’ Flashback. Thorogood’s memories are rich especially when he talks about his wife and daughter and his iconic rock music. George even took a couple calls from The Freak Nation. He he gave us a mini-concert from the album Ride ‘Til I Die. Listen…