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Ep. 180: Hurley Haywood, Sebastien Bourdais

Hurley Haywood, a five-time winner of the 24 Hours at Daytona and three-time LeMans winner, on his decision to come out; whether he could have done it during his racing career; why he kept his personal life a secret while racing professionally and whether his career would have ended if he chose to reveal it; if his sponsor Penthouse was aware of his sexuality; the dual impetus for choosing to come out; if other gay drivers have confided in him since then and sought advice on coming out;...


Ep. 179: Ryan Hunter-Reay and Colton Herta

Ryan Hunter-Reay on what has caught his eye in IndyCar this season (2:00); the talent influx of younger drivers (3:15); where Andretti Autosport can make gains (4:15); on whether Team Penske has made it a tougher fight on street and road courses (5:30); the easy way to catch his title rivals ... and the realistic expectations for points goals (6:15); what impressed him early about winner Colton Herta and how far his team can take him (7:15); the outlook for Barber and Long Beach (8:15); his...


Ep. 178: Jeff Burton on NASCAR in 2019 so far

Evaluating the 2019 rules package (1:15); why has there been less drafting? (2:45); will Texas Motor Speedway offer an opportunity for catchup to Team Penske and Joe Gibbs Racing? (4:15); how Texas’ dual-corner configuration will present an interesting approach with the new rules package (5:45); what the realistic expectations were for lower horsepower/high downforce and did NASCAR want more out of it so far (7:15); sometimes the better races just happen later in the season (8:00); do the...


Ep. 177: Jerry Freeze of Front Row Motorsports

The general manager of the three-car team on expanding to a third car and moving into a new shop in Mooresville (1:00); juggling building and preparing cars between two locations (3:00); the advantage of being more centrally located in Charlotte (6:00); the deeper talent pool in expanding by a few dozen employees (8:30); how many people have been at Front Row since the start (10:30); whether the team decided to make the six-figure investment of buying an Optical Scanning Station (12:30); the...


Ep. 176: Tony Kanaan, Josef Newgarden

The 2013 Indianapolis 500 winner and the 2004 series champion on the outlook at A.J. Foyt Racing (1:00); the importance of the Indianapolis 500 (3:00); how driver and car owner are similar (5:00); what it’s like driving for a four-time Indy 500 winning legend (6:00); some personnel changes at AJ Foyt Racing (7:30); working with Larry Foyt (10:00); on TK’s move to (much colder than Miami) Indianapolis (12:45); the state of IndyCar in 2019 and how it compares to the last 15 years (14:45)l what...


Ep. 175: Kim Coon

The co-host of the Glass Case of Emotion podcast, MRN pit reporter and personality on Kim vs. Kimmie (1:00); working across the podcast digital and radio mediums (2:00); the origins of Glass Case of Emotion and how she was paired with co-hosts Ryan Blaney and Chuck Bush (3:45); the framework for the show (6:00); how getting Jeff Gordon as a guest helped establish the show's credibility (8:00); testing the boundaries with an "explicit” rating (11:00); the comfort of Blaney with...


Ep. 174: Austin Dillon

The defending Daytona 500 winner on why he's happy to be working again with crew chief Danny Stockman, who taught Dillon much about stock cars (1:00); why Stockman and the rest of the crew fit Richard Childress Racing's old-school racer vibe (3:00); offseason stories of team bonding and paintball welts (6:00); the Dillons' trip to Costa Rica and why this family loves road-trip vacations (7:45); how Dillon became a good friend of Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey, who will...


Ep. 173: State of NASCAR 2019 with Jeff Burton, Part II

The NASCAR on NBC analyst known as "The Mayor" weighs in with his insightful takes on several major issues entering the new season: A look at the concept of salary and spending caps, then and now (2:30); why the conversation should stay behind closed doors (5:00); what should be the ceiling for team spending (7:00); the resetting of driver salaries (9:00); why it's hard for team owners to rein in their budgets (11:00); the conundrum of using rules to save money (13:00); the 2019 rules...


Ep. 172: State of NASCAR 2019 with Jeff Burton, Part I

The NASCAR on NBC analyst known as "The Mayor" runs down some hot topics for the new season: Is the Brett Moffitt-Johnny Sauter situation a new trend for NASCAR? (2:00) ; Other examples of drivers “bringing” sponsorship that aren’t talked about as much (4:00); “To a hammer, everything looks like a nail” (6:00); Why the optics still aren’t great if Johnny Sauter is left without a ride (7:00); Car owners making tough decisions that always get made (8:30); The balance of selling drivers vs....


Ep. 171: The Earnhardts race the 2001 Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona, Part II

In a narrative edition of the NASCAR on NBC Podcast, we recall when Dale Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt Jr. teamed to race the No. 3 Corvette in the 2001 Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona. --Dale Earnhardt climbs into the car for the first time in the rain ...which turned out to be perfect conditions (3:30); --How Earnhardt begged to stay in the car beyond his scheduled time (4:30); --What impressed Earnhardt Jr. about how his father ran the race (5:45); --The impressive run turned in by Dale Jr....


Ep. 170: The Earnhardts race the 2001 Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona, Part I

In a narrative edition of the NASCAR on NBC Podcast, we recall when Dale Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt Jr. teamed to race the No. 3 Corvette in the 2001 Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona. --The origins of how it happened (2:30); --How well the Earnhardts knew IMSA and sports cars (5:00); --How The Intimidator wanted to be treated like anyone else on the team (7:30); --The Rolex 24 business opportunities and big picture viewpoints for Dale Earnhardt (10:30); --How Earnhardt, who was confident of...


Ep. 169: Helio Castroneves

The Team Penske driver on why he's thritlled the offseason is over (1:00); how his first Rolex 24 went (2:00); being paired with Alexander Rossi this year (3:45); what it's like working with an IndyCar rival and why there is no awkwardness with an Penske-Andretti pairing (5:00); the joy of racing against Alex Zanardi again (8:30); his memories of the dark race weekend and vicious wreck that took Zanardi's legs (10:00); his rejuvenation in joining sports cars full time last year (12:30); how...


Ep. 168: Christopher Bell

The Xfinity Series winner on racing in and seeing New Zealand over the holiday break with his fiancée and family (1:00); why dirt racing seems to be so popular in New Zealand (3:30); on an impressive win at Western Springs Speedway (5:30); how race calls can be officiated very differently in New Zealand (7:00); where Bell’s inspiration for a winning move was derived (8:30); why he is better in longer Midget races and the positive influence of running NASCAR (9:30); “To be the best race car...


Ep. 167: Robby Gordon and his Dakar Rally return

The outspoken veteran star of NASCAR, IndyCar, sports cars and off-road trucks on what makes the Dakar Rally special (1:00); the UTV car he is bringing to the Rally (2:30); how the dunes of Peru will create a new challenge (4:00); his car’s advantage on the dunes (5:00); how his venture is similar to an old-school Indianapolis 500 venture (6:00); his days with the Hummer program and its high-tech innovation (6:30); a review of his last three vehicles at Dakar (7:00); why the competition is...


Ep. 166: Steve Letarte's Championship 4 Preview

The NASCAR on NBC analyst on why he believes this group of contenders is the best title field yet (1:00), how it illustrates the addition of playoff and stage points were the correct moves (3:00), his suggestions for possibly downsizing the field (4:30), appreciating the efforts of the eliminated drivers at Phoenix (6:30), why Miami should be a heavyweight fight (7:30), how other drivers will race the Championship 4 at Miami (and possibly with "mittens on" (9:00), whether Joey Logano's team...


Ep. 165: Elliott Sadler

In a "This Is Your Life"-style conversation, the soon-to-be-retired Xfinity Series championship contender reflects on his NASCAR career and what it was like being an up and coming driver 20 years ago (1:00); that “when I came along, I was the only young guy!” (2:30); a memorable anecdote from his first season with Wood Brothers Racing and what it taught him about responsibility as a 23-year-old (3:30); why he believes today’s generation of youth lacks the same big-picture perspective (5:30);...


Ep. 164: Kevin Magnussen, Haas F1 Formula One driver

The Danish driver in his second season with F1’s U.S.-based team (and owned by Gene Haas) on watching his father win a class championship at the IMSA finale and his hopes to race against him (1:00); hanging out with Clint Bowyer at Circuit of the Americas in Austin (2:30); the differences between driving F1 and NASCAR and Kevin’s aspirations to drive one (3:30); how much he and his team are watching Stewart-Haas Racing’s playoff run (5:00); the improvements at Haas F1 through its third...


Ep. 163: Steve Phelps, NASCAR President

Midway through his third week of overseeing day to day operations at NASCAR, Phelps joined to discuss how he benefited by entering his new job with 14 years of experience (1:30); holding his first “town hall” with NASCAR employees (3:00); the measuring sticks for NASCAR on fan satisfaction (4:30); his background before NASCAR (7:00); why he fell into the business and branding of sports (8:00); the most important difference between working at NASCAR and the NFL (9:30); what he feels his best...


Ep. 162: Ramsey Poston

The president of Tuckahoe Strategies and former managing director of communications for NASCAR (from 2004-11) on how his background in politics and living around the country informed his views and communicating with people (1:30); the crossover between politics and sports (3:30); his history in politics (5:00); how the death of an icon brought him into the NASCAR world (7:00); a tense meeting with NASCAR (10:30) ... with an important laugh (12:45); a shift in how NASCAR approached the media...


Ep. 161: Hailie Deegan

The first female driver to win a pole position and race in the NASCAR K&N Series on how she gravitated toward NASCAR (1:45); if she had any desire to race dirt bikes like her famous father, Brian (2:55); the occupational hazards of being in freestyle motocross and whether dad discouraged her from doing it (3:55): how being raised at the track made her want to race (4:25); her memories of dad’s many near-death experiences and life-saving surgeries (5:25); her first win as an 8-year-old...