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Subaru dealers across the network thanking all frontline workers during this covert nineteen pandemic. You give us confidence from everyone at Subaru and the radio network. Stay Safe Canada. Here's the latest scheduled news around Kobe. Nineteen restrictions at one Canadian Grand Prix. You should all know by now for tsn. Six Ninety June fourteenth post bond F. One director in recent guests Ross Brawn says if they can start something in July they could work nine hundred. Gp's but if they're not underway by October the whole season could be lost Nascar. Finally postponing may ninth at Martinsville. Look at Charlotte may twenty fourth incredibly North Carolina. House Speaker more asking Governor Roy Cooper to give NAS car and chart at an exemption from their isolation order to run the May twenty fourth weekend too soon people way too soon. Indy-car Toronto still listed for July Twelfth. But they need a month to assemble the track. A non emergency construction in Ontario has still been restricted. More schedule changes coming up later a few. I racing notes to ponder streaks are starting to develop notice this indycar from a race lumber guest. Simon passionate was one two in a row adding virtual piggy Japan to virtual win at Michigan. Canada's Robert Wickens had the poll up on tiki finish fifth last week's guest James Hinchcliffe. Some glitches in his computer had to drop out and finish tail. Thirty Third F. ONE. Let's make it back to back wins here for Ferrari Charlotte Clare taking the virtual Grand Prix of China. Canada's Nicholas Latifi recent guest ninth Nascar Racing Richmond and make it two in a row for William Byron some oddities in this one Matt Damon Adecco for some reason raced wearing a giraffe costume. He wanted to fight Ryan after get together on the track. They parked the GIRAFFE. Good Decision Kevin. Harvick is launched during a stop for repairs. Didn't tell us what he ate. Anyway through the Tomfoolery. Back Back Byron says guys are getting better on the Sims with each race. What I thought was that everyone was really equal on a short run in terms of speed. Like even the guys with a little bit less experienced I think the more experiences just running those longer runs and how the tires wear and stuff like that. Yep always proven practice makes perfect more. I racing chatted a two part teleconference with asker Jimmy Johnson coming up later in the show more NASCAR F that's F. Races are staged anywhere in May or June bet on empty grandstands to limit the number of teen people. If social distancing is still demanded and I hope that's true NASCAR is considering eliminating practice qualifying and racing. We've also heard they're thinking about eliminating pitstops as well to reduce population little more F. One Ferrari denying boss Mattia. Pinocchio issued yet another threat to leave F one. Should the new budget cap originally set? At one hundred. Seventy five million for twenty twenty one six to Iran one forty-five mill an adjustment suggested around the covert nineteen loss of GP's but no intimating that other racing options outside of f one to reallocate staff in the budget cap shrinks right now says that meant those other options or in addition to racing an f. one not in place of it anybody else sick and tired of the red cars threatening to leave. I know I am. Oh speaking of Ferrari as we told you months ago blowing up rumors again Lewis. Hamilton insists he is not jumping from. Mercedes to Ferrari give it a drink. Why the heck would he want to do that anyway? The NASCAR series report brought to you by General Tire. Anywhere is possible. Nothing new to tell you really. We know there may seventeenth season. Start at Canadian tire. Motorsport Park has been postponed. Nascar CANADA'S NEXT SCHEDULED EVENT IS JUNE. Sixth at the former Cuba speedway MC sports cars french-born Canadian raised Bruno. 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Canada's National Radio Motorsport Authority the race line already on the brick and loving this driver crossover in the IRA series Nascar guys hooking into racing virtually with Indycar Boys Dale earnhardt. Jr. Kyle Busch today two and seven Time Cup champion Jimmy Johnson. Who wants to? Try Indy cars for real once. This pandemic is tamed. So let's re ask some of the questions during a recent NASCAR teleconference with Jimmy Johnson. Back with us on race. Line Radio Jimmy recently. A lot of fun with Jimmy Johnson Day reflecting on your amazing career and some of your favorite moments or any moments more special than others. No it's the stock question when you you do some reflecting but are some moments more vivid in your mind than others. There's so many amazing memories. It almost would be impossible to pick just one but you know the the range from in drivers that I've built friendships relationships with the Us Tony Stewart. As an example there might teammates influence. I've I've had on guys like William Byron and Alex Bowman and Chase Eric Merola and how he felt fill in for us when we were on baby watching the doors that open forum crew guys and bicycle rides that we do on Saturdays and really across the gamut even track. It really was really special for me. Click through on on various social media platforms and and see what Cd's experiences memories and what people had to say. It was a special back Jimmy Johnson on on race. Line radio re asking some questions if a teleconference. You've had a lot of idle time during this unplanned break. Jimmy mean you're practicing a lot of SIM racing I racing. We'll get to more of that in the second any he thought to next year. Maybe doing more. Nascar racing are postponing your retirement. You've said that this would be your last fulltime. A season In Cup what about postponing that in light of what's going on here if he had an extra time off to sort of think about that. I really don't have an answer just yet i. I don't know what what's going to happen. In the coming months we'll be able to run the full season or not You know I feel like I set out to To make twenty twenty my last full time year but always left the door open for other racing and NASCAR and abroad for the future and and I feel like I'm. I'm still pretty much on that. That path you know and I am hopeful that get our full year in and we can get back going here and a month or so. Whatever the latest project number possibly could be and that I can run the season and its entirety so I just gotta speak fluid at this point. I really don't have an answer on. It's up in the air just as so much as in the world right now. That's for sure. How are you liking the extra time at home? A how you. How are you liking the The home schooling. I thought I would have much more free time. Being at home with the world changing is it has but at least the first couple of weeks as things tightened up lockdown just so busy with work very businesses that I'm involved with and the impact that this has had on all and then homeschooling was thrown in the mix Shandra has her or gallery and and the demands and workload that comes with that so it's another thing for us to focus on I I focus on but Just you're more stress in the house and let's free time around to help with home. Schooling home schooling Rockdale worlds. Were a few weeks in now and and have a much better flow going on and understand it all so. It's been a been a nice week this week. Honestly we've been able to balance things pretty well. Jimmy Johnson unraced line radio when racing resumes. Would you like to see you know weeknight racing or even maybe multiple races at one particular track like baseball's thinking about just get these races in get them done best you can when it gets back to normal? If you thought about that that at all Jimmy I really haven't I can only imagine the Balancing Act Nascar. Tv and he's trucks will need to know every weekend that goes by just complicates the situation more and more and I feel like many of our contracts and much of the structure that exists revolves around thirty six races and I would assume that that is the highest of priorities is to have those thirty six points paying events how that happens for me. I. I'm I'm totally fluid. I'm totally open. I know we're in uncharted territory here and I'll do my part in whatever I can him and certainly support whatever. Decisions are made to try to get an all thirty six rates. We saw bubba. Wallace lose his sponsor when he clicked off one of these. I races and quit And quit and we saw four not allow its drivers to do any race. Because I- racing's cars are all Chevy's how much of this is business? Jimmy and how much business work do you and your team needs to do before you can even do. One of these I- racism is supposed to be fun right. It's a game after all but a lot of seriousness has crept into this thing and I think the first race that was done it. Atlanta was much less about business and then when the TV component came in and switched to business absolutely. I mean there's Maybe not pressure from the sponsors and it's hard to say what she never situation is like but I can tell you what I feel in my own head is. How do I show value for our parts rice value for our team and our company and everybody involved in this tricky time So I just feel like there is a pressure. Were all feeling if it's self inflicted or if it's coming from the outside in but we're you know we're trying to figure out how to how to deliver for our partners in you know it's created interesting environment and everybody handles it a bit differently. Well there's part one with Jimmy. Johnson from recent NASCAR teleconference on getting wired in for I racing in two disciplines on race. 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So a few more teleconference re asks for Jimmy Johnson. It's part two on race. Line radio difficult for you if you're at home you know. There's there's this there's that in the background you know when you know with the television being on you know visual conflicts. How much of that is going through your head at a time? When it's supposed to be fun I mean when the television you say. The television component comes comes in it. Sorta changes all the rules. Doesn't it yet from my entry point into it was? The first race was on television. Nine new than in there that I had to treat it just instinctively knew I needed to treat a certain way and and have so i. I don't know for me in my head. It's been pretty pretty straightforward especially since. It's been on television. How how things would go. And ironically I I find that I'm trying to find ways to make sure that I'm on the broadcasts. I'm not fast enough yet to run up front for the TV time. So trying to be erased. Reporter or partisan crashes seems to be the only way. I find myself on as we mentioned earlier. You're doing both the NASCAR and the indycar racing thing. Can you compare these two? Jimmy main two distinctly different automobiles. We know you're interested in trying some indycar road racing down the road. How do you compare the two on the simulator? But you know the thing. I've really struggled with Indycar side is. I'm learning new tracks in new car. New Car sure Where the NASCAR side? It's much more familiar. It's just learning to gain component of it all So it there are different challenges that come with it. I feel like in some ways if I am able to find an opportunity indycar world a future. I'm giving up on track so that's a little rewarding and makes me feel good about the time that I'm putting in learning these drivers and it's hard to say that our and driving characteristics in symbol crossover to To the real world but there there is some kind of found foundation for groundwork being laid on that side of the door does open there for me some day and then on the NASCAR side it In the oval are much easier to drive on him and It is interesting to see the personalities kind of emerged there that are similar to the real world And I'm not sure she can hear the in-race chat stuff that's going on but it's pretty comical And learning more about my competitors there Deal with emotions from time. Seven time NASCAR Cup champion Jimmy Johnson. Back with us on race on radio talking the season being stopped by covert nineteen in his eye racing on both a Nascar and the INDYCAR side. Jimmy Twenty twenty as we. We've touched on before was supposed to be your send off. But now it's it's all on hold and you know what has been the adjustment in your thinking about everything that's going on with not only racing but you know with the world in general. We've never gone through something like this before for me in my final year in a cup car like I I feel I feel more for the fans that wanted to see at their track and experienced that and have it. I mean I I know where I am. I'm very content and fulfilled with the career. I've had ensure I want to be on track and sure I WANNA go these places of final time but of course the You know I I feel more for the fans. That aren't having that opportunity national than I than I long for myself to experience it and to be there that makes any sense or does in your own. That's only a small piece in the grand scheme of things when you look at all the individuals that are affected by the current virus. The families that it's affected economy businesses business owners. You know this this is way bigger than than me way. Bigger than what would What what was going to be my my final time at these tracks. So that stuff hasn't really even cross my mind. Why bring it up Jimmy? How much time have you spent on the simulator rig during the postponement to to get up to speed to be more competitive in this? Ira sing know. I'm probably averaging about five hours a day for seven days a week for like two two and a half weeks and I was finding those hours. Were taking place late at night. After we get kids to bed I would jump on the rig and then a lot of these coaches that are available on to help me fast-track my way in. I have day jobs and spend most of the evenings in the night. Doing doing their SIM works so I felt like I didn't sleep for two weeks honestly looking around the clock time at night on the Sim right back to I racing. How does it feel to provide a sense of normalcy to the American sports? Fan Right now with this because the sticking balls can't do it but racing can to stay engage with them which is so critical if only for a short while you know who knows when we're going back as we keep saying but what would be your message to the Nascar Fan base in both the states and Canada right now Jimmy. The viewership numbers in understand. How much from the fans are are having watching it Is motivated me in Has highly interested to keep it going and as we look around and see other sports trying to figure out how to virtually offer something for their fans You know really what the first one of the first if not the first to do it and do it well and breaking all kinds of records in the process so hats off everybody involved to have this vision and to to pull it through our partners that television side. That allowed this to happen. So what would be your message to the Fans Jimmy? We're all in this together. Let's do our part. I think the sooner we can control the curve and push things down the sooner we can find out whatever and all this when we go back to actual racing we could do and the indications are more than likely is going to happen. Do it with empty grandstands. What do you think that's going to be like? It's not the ideal situation now by any means and I I know our sport amongst every other word out there is going to be faced with that That decision if they they choose to compete with fans in the stands are not for me. It's a real simple answer. I mean there are millions it watching on television and I don't want to deprive the greater some because we can't have the The fans in the stands. And I get it. I want fans in the stands. They deserve to be. We want them there. There's an energy that comes with it. But we are in uncharted territory. And we're GONNA have to do things a little different than what we're used to. And if we can get back to the tracks months and months before because fans in the stands and provide our or to millions and get people back to work Get some normalcy going on in our country in our industry Definitely for that. Yeah I think all of us involved are definitely for that. They talked about the schedule being compact when we go back as a driver to start racing you know. They've talked about multiple races in a week. Sunday Wednesday and Sunday again. Does that upset the routine that you're used to? I mean what what are you going to do to prepare for such a hectic labor intensive schedule because it eventually is going to come to that. Yeah good good question I mean I. I personally haven't been through a race schedule like that. Think Kyle Larson Christopher Bell some of these younger guys that have grown up racing dirt or more custom to multiple venues in a weekend and cars and trucks. And all that kind of thing But for me I mean I I've You know lived through the testing era where we had unlimited testing and spent a Lotta time during the week at different tracks and moving around. And you know it's long weeks but I personally enjoy the physical challenge that went with it. The mental side was was a little different because you can only focus. You know where you were at that time so in some respects didn't give you all week to over. Think over. Prepare for what. You're going to share. Yeah it almost. Simplify things where. Hey I'm extract right now. This is where my focus seems to be taking the my notes taking him every teen do the best. I can move on Some ways it might simple fundamental aspect physically will be far more difficult And then whatever driver experiences crew chiefs crew members traveling side? Even yourself as media. I mean that's that's GonNa it's GONNA be why harder for everybody Drivers would probably have it. The the best are the easiest to will workload wise. And the rest of the industry's Really Gonna. You know back to sort out how to manage physical and mental endurance. That's going to be required will. Listen Jimmy thanks so much for this. We're all anxious to get back to the real racing stuff and we hope we do that very soon. Thanks so much for the time you'll probably have me get here. But he's voice. So there is a two part teleconference with Jimmy Johnson on Race Line Radio. I think we all look forward to seeing. Jj and everybody else in an indycar racing for real in the hopefully not too distant future okay. Lorraine let's do that final bit stop. Then we're back for the Moslem next week's show plan and more. This is race line presented by Subaru Howard with a heart pounding. Wrx Sti for all things. Wrx Gold is Subaru DOT CA slash. Wrx This is the race line. Radio Network This scalping graceland radio returns in a Moment Eric. Thomas Race Line across Canada on the race. Line radio network white flag is signaling one more lap to go in this thing. So here's what we're lining up for you for next week. The very latest covert nineteen effects on our schedules. We'll have a two part teleconference with Indianapolis five hundred and indy-car bosses Mark Miles and Doug Bowls on the postponement of this year's one hundred and fourth winning of the brick yard classic and the juggling they've had to do with the C nineteen pandemic plus more entries and comments for the Subaru race. Lonnie mailbag Trivia contest. But when checkers fly we say goodbye. Norma slime thanks going out to Jimmy. Johnson William Byron and NASCAR media big. Thanks as always. It's Bream Commander Rain Post. Not William Weber Jerry Lui Yanga and Josh Santos for operations and production so from all of us have raced. Line radio. I'm Eric Thomas. Reminding you use your head to stop the spread race line coast to coast and the baseline radio network presented. 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