This was a very interesting and strange episode of the NHRA Insider Podcast to make because of the topic matter. My guests are Bret Kepner and Tony Pedregon. I had Tony on to talk about being a racer the last time the series was stopped back in 2001 after the 9/11 terrorist attacks and what it felt like back then. While the reasons are different now, the implications are the same. Racing has ground to an absolute and complete stop.
Bret Kepner comes on to shed some interesting historical context to this situation and we use 1918 and the proliferation of the Spanish Influenza Epidemic on racing and entertainment in America. The parallels are shockingly similar to what we are seeing now. The conversation is wide ranging an it covers a lot of interesting ground. None of which I ever thought we’d be talking about on an NHRA drag racing podcast. If you have not tuned in before, trust me you’ll wan to listen to this show, it is really different and really good listening.
Right now the NHRA is on hold until the NHRA Spring Nationals presented by Pennzoil and everyone in the sport is hoping that we get to run that race. We’re intending to be there to get the season kicked back off again and up to speed. Here’s to hoping all motorsports get their legs back under them in a relatively quick fashion and the world can get past this sickness as quickly as possible.
Listen up, I think you will dig it.