Interviews from the race track

Tune in each Tuesday at 1pm Eastern for more interviews! Donald O. Nicholson, President and CEO of DEKRA North America, hosts a one-hour radio show "On the Safe Side" to discuss safety issues at home, at work, on the road, as well as on the track. If in the Atlanta area, tune your dial to NewsTalk 1160 or stream online from anywhere at NewsTalk1160.com.

Listen to our collection of past interviews with leaders and influencers in racing including race car drivers, team owners, technical experts, and more:

 

On the Safe Side welcomes back Garry Hill

December 2015

Don Nicholson catches up with Garry Hill, renowned NASCAR artist and Director of Motorsports for the Mustang Sampling team. Garry shares his favorite moments in racing and his favorite tracks to visit as well as the story of how his passion for racing developed into a career as both an artist and as a professional. Find more about Garry at GarryHill.com.

 


 

Live at Road Atlanta with Victor Leleu of BMW Motorsports and IndyCar champ Bobby Rahal

November 2015

First up, Victor Leleu shares his long history with BMW starting in France through his new position as Manager of the BMW NA Motorsports program. Don Nicholson and Victor discuss what's ahead for the BMW program as well as leadership and management styles to lead an effective team. Find out more about BMW racing at BMW-Motorsport.com.

Next, Bobby Rahal, three-time IndyCar champion and co-owner of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, talks about rain as the great equalizer on the track and his team's chances at the championship. Bobby shares how he got started in racing and those who have inspired him along the way. Learn more about Bobby and his team at Rahal.com.

 


 

Looking forward to Road Atlanta with Jeff Lee

September 2015

Jeff Lee, President and General Manager of Road Atlanta, talks about the upcoming 18th annual Petit Le Mans and what makes this track a favorite amongst so many racing enthusiasts. Don Nicholson and Kirk Fordham of DEKRA compare notes with Jeff about the cars they're looking forward to watching and discuss what makes the event an exciting experience for the entire family. Find out more about the track at RoadAtlanta.com.

 


 

Live with Garry Hill at Watkins Glen International

July 2015

Garry Hill, Director of Motorsports for the Mustang Sampling team, joins Don live at the race. Garry discusses his over thirty-year career in the racing industry, his work with the Mustang Sampling team, as well as his work as an artist documenting NASCAR history through original paintings, prints, and designs. View his impressive fine art on his website at GarryHill.com.

 


 

Live with Ken Thompson at Watkins Glen International

July 2015

Don Nicholson interviews Kenneth Thompson, President and CEO of Mustang Sampling, to talk about fracking and the natural gas industry as well as his sponsorship of the Action Express No. 5 Corvette and the Mustang Sampling racing team. Find out more about his company and the team at MustangSampling.com.

 


 

Live with Joel Miller at the Raceway at Belle Isle Park in Detroit

June 2015

Don Nicholson interviews Mazda race car driver Joel Miller to talk about his racing career starting in karting at age 6 through Indy Lights to today as a factory driver for Mazda with Speedsource. Hear about Joel's role models, the car he drives and why he loves driving at night and driving in the rain. Find out more about Joel at his website.

 


 

The Risi Ferrari team live at Laguna Seca

May 2015

Live from the Laguna Seca raceway, Don Nicholson interviews the Risi Ferrari team, winner of the DEKRA Green Challenge Award several times this season. David Sims talks about last minute adjustments since the last race and his career leading to his position as Team Manager. Rick Mayer, Race Engineer, shares his technical role supporting all mechanical aspects of the car, the switch to E85 fuel, pit stops, driver changes, and the importance of teamwork to the success of the team. Driver Pierre Kaffe also joins to share his background and his outlook for the race. Find out more about the team at RisiCompetizione.com.

 


 

Part 1 of All-star interviews live at the ROLEX24 race!

February 2015

Nicole Lyons (race car driver) and Max Sigel (owner of Rev Racing, a premier NASCAR development team) talk about Nicole's strategy and plans for the 2015 season. Max shares about his experiences with the Dale Earnhardt organization and his varied interests including his recent book "Know What Makes Them Tick" and what's on the horizon. Find out more about the Rev Racing team at RevRacing.net.

Also joining Don in this episode is Ricky Taylor, part of the Wayne Taylor racing team. Ricky talks about what it was like to grow up in the racing community as well as his recent win at the Road Atlanta race. Catch up with Ricky at WayneTaylorRacing.com.

Next up, Don interviews race car driver Gabby Chaves to share his start in racing in Bogota, Columbia, his heroes and his future aspirations. Gabby also talks about giving back as the spokesperson for the "Take 5 to stay alive" campaign against texting while driving. Find out more about Gabby at GabbyChaves.com.

Part 2 of All-star interviews live at the ROLEX24 race!

February 2015

More from Gabby Chaves to talk about his team's DeltaWing race car, how it handles and how its innovative design impacts speed and efficiency. More on the DeltaWing at DeltaWingRacing.com.

Last, Scott Atherton, President and Chief Operating Officer of IMSA, talks with Don about what to expect this season and his career to date. More Q&A from Scott at imsa.com.

 


 

Geoff Lee on Road Atlanta

September 2014

Don Nicholson talks with Geoff Lee about his background as an amateur then professional race car driver through his current role as President and General Manager of the Road Atlanta race track. Geoff shares insights in both business and racing, including what makes the Petit Le Mans race at Road Atlanta so unique. Find out more about Road Atlanta at RoadAtlanta.com.

 


 

Rick Hall from the International Motor Sports Association

September 2014

Rick Hall joins Don Nicholson to share about the career path leading him to his role as Senior Manager of Business Development at IMSA. Rick believes that "attitude is everything" and talks about those who have mentored and influenced him over the years. Find out more about IMSA at imsa.com.

 


 

NASCAR and NHRA race car driver Nicole Lyons

July 2014

Don Nicholson interviews Nicole Lyons to learn more about her racing career, starting at seven years old go-karting to street racing to the NHRA to NASCAR. Nicole fills us in on what she's up to today on and off the track, including her role as CEO of her engine building and muscle car restoration business, her involvement in the NASCAR Diversity Program, and the large team "family" supporting her on the track. Find out more about Nicole at nicolelyonsracing.com.

 

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