Ep. 187: Parker Kligerman


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The multifaceted NASCAR on NBC analyst/pit reporter and part-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver on how his 2019 season has unfolded with Gaunt Brothers Racing and what’s ahead (1:30); on his impressive performance in the Coca-Cola 300 and beating $100 million in competition (3:30); on the plight of the underfunded and the small team that is hailed for having a sound business model (6:00); how a small team exploits the inefficiencies of competing in NASCAR’s premier series (7:30); “racing is probably one of the only professional sports in the world where the athlete actively has to think about the business model” (9:30); the multilayered decision-making of being behind the wheel with a lesser budget (11:00); and a potential parallel to the PGA (12:00); the areas where the competition gap is permanent in racing (13:45); Parker makes the case again for banning wind tunnels (16:00); how he went from possibly closing the chapter on his Cup career to racing the Daytona 500 virtually overnight (18:30); the Talladega win that turned more heads than Parker realized (20:30); “I’m not a sad story, I’m a success story” (22:30); thoughts on whether younger drivers have a mindset advantage on veterans with the 2019 rules overhaul (24:30); an interesting theory of setup optimization (27:15); a segue into V8 Supercars and “The Enforcer and The Dude” (29:30); and then Black Noon and the Indianapolis 500 (31:15); the hybrid discussion in NASCAR (33:30); a cautionary tale of electrical applications in Formula 1 (35:15); Parker’s radical idea for promoting efficiency with the internal combustion engine (36:15); his take on Formula E (38:15); how Parker’s first season as an eNASCAR iRacing owner has gone (40:00); why digital racing is the most egalitarian racing series in the world (41:15); turning a fellow NASCAR on NBC analyst into an eSports believer (44:00).

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