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NASCAR and IMSA this weekend tried something different to keep race fans engaged during this shelter in place craziness.

IndyCar team owner Bryan Herta told The Freaks several weeks ago that he thought the idea of iRacing had merit. Now, Herta looks like a iRacingprophet with NASCAR and IMSA hosting iRacing weekends for the masses.

Even wilder, BMW pulled their drivers off the couch and out of the gym to get them involved in the Sebring Super Saturday iRacing raceApalooza.

If manufacturers such as BMW are willing to activate cyber fun will this become something we should pay attention to going forward?

For several years Nissan has had its GT Academy to get iRacing winners into an actual race. Some have even won real races and championships.

If Nissan, BMW and others can convert real fans with cyber races, we may be looking at a new reality emerging right before our screens.

Peace.

Vegas RunnerGambling Analyst Vegas Runner normally drops into The Freak Nation on a Friday to get everyone ready for the weekend “fun.” But this week he brought it all on Friday and we continued him until Sunday night where he could spread some of his racing knowledge with The Freak Nation. Vegas Runner isn’t one to mince words when he puts his money where his mouth is. Listen…

Shawn WayansActor Comedian Shawn Wayans knows all parts of the entertainment industry. He’s had success as an actor, stand up comic, film producer and director and TV show star. He’s the perfect guest for The Freaks because he knows enough about racing to laugh and have fun with the lifestyle. In fact, he’s kind of like The Freaks like that! Listen…

Marshall PruettRacer Magazine Motorsports Insider Marshall Pruett is one of the most read journalists in motor racing. He can be the go to authority for all things racing. It’s been a while since we’ve had him in The Freak Nation but Sunday night he brought some gems to the party. He had some deep background on where racing might be going during this downtown on global racetracks. Listen…

Adan EnticknapSupercross Rider & Rapper Adam Enticknap brings a lot with him whenever he visits The Freak Nation.  He not only runs at the front of the Supercross line but he’s building a career in the rap game as well.  Strange combo but Adam is the first man to give it a try.  His 7-deuce-deuce brand is getting known in several marketplaces including the marketplace for names!  Enticknap laughs at the ways people have ruined his name through the years.  Listen…

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

CoronavirusCrazy times globally. All the event cancellations this week have caused executives to run around with their hair on fire for a while.

I’d love to be a fly on the wall when broadcasters and content providers figure out who owes whom what for all the television programming that’s disappeared this week.

One producer told me the commercials lost this week and in the weeks to come might amount to tens of billions of dollars in lost revenue. How do you make good on that?

ESPN, ABC Sports, Turner Broadcasting, FOX Sports, CBS Sports, and NBC SN have all paid multiple billions with the expectation of getting that money back in profits from programming that’s now gone.

Usually when commercials fail to run there’s something called make goods when the network makes other time available to make good on the time lost.

But this is so great there might need to be an extension to current contracts to cover these lost hours. In short, refunds are unlikely.

Peace.

Steve OlveyDr. Stephen Olvey is on the short list of true experts in trauma medicine especially as it relates to motor racing.  He was the Assistant Medical Director at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and developed the first U.S. traveling motorsports medical team for USAC and the CART series. His primary interests are traumatic brain injury and concussion. He has also authored two books, including Rapid Response, an autobiography of his career in motor sport medicine and, yes, the Amazon Prime documentary Rapid Response comes from Dr. Olvey’s story.  The Freaks talked with Olvey about a number of issues from coronavirus to protecting drivers from themselves.  Listen…

James HinchcliffeNBC IndyCar Analyst & Driver James Hinchcliffe is a longtime Friend of the Freaks. So his visit Sunday night was fun as well as informational. The Mayor of Hinchtown talked about his assignment with NBC this year, his racing plans for 2020 as well as how his 2015 Indy injuries affect him now. Hinchcliffe will bring so much to the NBC broadcasts this year. Listen…

Daniel SuarezNASCAR Cup Driver Daniel Suarez, the 2016 NASCAR Xfinity Series Champion, came into The Freak Nation Sunday night with great background on his growing interests outside of racing. Those interests include soccer stars and basketball legend Kobe Bryant. Suarez explained that his interests in Kobe are largely outside of basketball. The Mexican driver also explained how that interest in Kobe led to him changing some of his goals in America. Listen…

Chandler SmithARCA Phoenix Winner Chandler Smith came into The Freak Nation Sunday night with great explanations of his win in Phoenix, how last minutes decisions made the win possible, and how pressures don’t get into the car with him when he races.  Smith haas great background on ARCA racing and how the series could get him ready to move up to the NASCAR Cup series.  Listen…