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The Smoking Tire

Matt Farah & Zack Klapman

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Matt Farah and Zack Klapman sit down with automotive icons, pro drivers, comedians and other friends to discuss automotive industry news, racing, projects and whatever else comes to mind. Watch our car reviews at www.youtube.com/thesmokingtire Follow us! T: @thesmokingtire @zackklapman IG: @thesmokingtire @fakezackklapman Rent or buy our movies!, where we find out if some bad CraigsList cars can cross an entire US State, off-road!https://vimeo.com/thesmokingtire
 
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Born in New Zealand and growing up in Australia, Scott McLaughlin made his name as the absolute stud of the Australian V8 Supercar series, but in 2021 made the bold move to come to the United States with a rare opportunity to drive in IndyCar with Team Penske. A champion in nearly everything he’s driven, the multi-time SuperCar winner is now the In…
 
These are some of the big brains that decide what a Lotus car should look like, feel like, and what the company should do next. Russell Carr has been working for Lotus since 1990 and was appointed head of design in 2014. His work can be seen in the Lotus Esprit facelift, Europa S, Evora, and upcoming Evija. Gavan Kershaw has been the Director of At…
 
Sonja Reid does a lot of very cool things. She is a gamer, Twitch broadcaster, car enthusiast, and podcaster. She's in the Gamers Guinness World Records and she's on a YouTube show with Conan O'Brien. After meeting her at the Radford launch, we knew we had to get her on the show and she didn't disappoint. We talk about her love of cars, the hilario…
 
It's the Real Tavarish and Jared Pink! Freddy is known for two things: 1. CarTrek and 2. buying used supercars - some in amazing states of disrepair - and rebuilding them to drivable, sell-able condition. He's done it with an Aston, a McLaren, various Mercedes, a Bentley, Ferrari, and more. He has lots of projects, lots of dreams, and has had some …
 
Tim Keene is one of the most iconic behind-the-scenes people in the sport of road racing and open-wheel, and his success is only matched by his mouth. Working through a number of crew and manager roles in the sport, Tim has worked with Chip Ganassi Racing, Panoz, Meyer, Shank and now finds his home with the reigning IMSA champions at Action Express…
 
Jon Ikeda is a great one for us because he’s the boss’s boss’s boss at Acura. His current title is Brand Officer, but he’s more of a designer than a manager, but most importantly, he’s a racer. Yeah, he’s the boss, but we only chose to sit with him because he’s a character and a great storyteller and sheds a lot of light on just how it all works. D…
 
Eric Foss is a classic journeyman driver who has gone from amateur racer to coach to now one of the staples of the touring and production ranks of current sportscar racing. Having won in nearly everything he’s competed in, Eric is a champion of the IMSA Pilot Challenge ranks and one of the most universally respected people in the paddock. Lunch was…
 
Felipe Nasr is one of the modern greats of road racing, and his legend is only growing. A native of Brazil, Felipe found huge success in European junior racing, including winning the British F3 championship before moving on to Formula One. He scored a top-five on his debut. He’s since gone on to become one of the greats in IMSA prototype ranks, win…
 
Michael Printup is the current President of Watkins Glen International, but his history as one of the sport’s most dynamic track developers is long heralded. A staple of NASCAR and the former ISC family, Michael has developed race tracks ranging from California to Michigan, including one of the craziest stories on a development project in Staten Is…
 
Butch Leitzinger is a legend of the sportscar scene, having driven for some of the most historic programs in the 1990s and 2000s, including the Nissan GTU, the Bentley LMP, and most notably, Dyson Racing’s famed series of programs. Affable and very easy to get along with, Butch’s success at events like Le Mans, Daytona, Sebring, and beyond have mad…
 
Tommy Milner is a second-generation racer who has become a staple of American sportscar racing, most notably as part of Corvette Racing’s program. The son of Tom Milner, who has come up several times in our podcast, Tommy broke out of his family shadow by racing for some of the most prestigious brands in the sport, including BMW, Panoz, and eventua…
 
Jeroen Bleekemolen has become a staple of GT racing around the world; there’s virtually never a weekend where he isn’t driving something…somewhere. It’s because he’s good. Born and living in the Netherlands, Jeroen is a Le Mans winner, an IMSA champion, and was even a national hero when driving for the famed Dutch A1GP program. Breakfast was served…
 
Kevin Schwantz is one of America’s greatest motorcycle racers, and it doesn’t hurt that he’s funny as hell. Coming up through the American ranks in the 1980s, Kevin went on to become one of Suzuki’s MotorGP factory riders, engaging in legendary battles with Wayne Rainey through the 1990s until finally winning the MotoGP World Championship in 1993. …
 
From the Valvoline booth at SEMA, we have Chris Stewart and Shawn Fenton of GRIDLIFE. Chris is the Founder/ Director; Shawn is the Strategy Director. We met these guys years ago when Gridlife was just getting started and now it's HUGE. We talk about how it's grown, the pros and cons of size, best concerts, funny moments, beer pirates, what track th…
 
How do you make older cars turn, stop, handle, or have good steering feel? Luckily we have Kyle Tucker of Detroit Speed to explain it all. He talks about his time working for GM, testing the C5 prototype fresh out of college, how he started his own company, what they did differently, and why their cars perform with the best. It was a great discussi…
 
Abigail Bassett is a freelance journalist, writer, podcast host, and television host. She's been published in Automobile magazine, Tech Crunch, Ars Technica, Fast Company, Forbes, and appeared on CNN. She just competed in the Rebelle Rally, driving a stock Porsche Cayenne S riding on 20" wheels and street tires. 1500 miles of offroad driving, sands…
 
McKeel Hagerty is the CEO of Hagerty, a specialty provider of classic car insurance and media company. Founded by his parents, the company was originally focused on collector wooden boats. A lot has changed since then. In 1995, he took over and expanded the company to include classic and collector cars. Today, Hagerty has expanded their media prese…
 
It’s a Motor Trend party! We have Jonny Lieberman and Tony Angelo in the house and what a show it was. Tony is a host on Hot Rod Garage, where they build, well, crazy shit. He talks about his interest in EV swaps, that incredible new 1000HP Chevy crate engine, explains how fast his twin-engine Impala is, and more. Jonny tells us about his Rivian dr…
 
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