Motorsports fans can rejoice with the recent news that former Speed channel show “Wind Tunnel” host Dave Despain is returning to TV later this month, specifically on MAVTV, on an all-new show entitled “The Dave Despain Show.”
“The Dave Despain Show” will premier Friday, April 25 at 8pm ET/5pm PT, with MAVTV featuring 26 successive episodes. The 30-minute format gives the veteran interviewer the opportunity to sit with racing legends, current superstars, and rising young guns from across the spectrum of motorsports competition. The new series allows viewers to gain an “insider’s” look behind the skill, passion, friendships, tragedy, courage and technology breakthroughs that makes motorsports such a thrilling spectacle.
The “Dave Despain Show” will debut with 16-time NHRA Funny Car Champion John Force, with guests this season scheduled to include Clint Bowyer, Cory Kruseman, Dennis Anderson, Bobby Unser, Scott Bloomquist, Kyle Larson, Jeremy McGrath, Parnelli Jones, Ivan Stewart, Antron Brown, Forrest Lucas, and Dan Gurney.
Outtakes from the John Force interview can be viewed here:
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Despain has reported on everything from NASCAR to all forms of motorcycle racing, whether on dirt or asphalt, quarter-mile or banked super speedway. He has over 40 years experience with ABC, CBS, ESPN and TBS as a broadcaster, placing him in a rare and highly authoritative position to share insights with MAVTV viewers on Friday nights. Despain will also assume hosting duties for special MAVTV live racing events throughout the year.
Bob Patison, President of MAVTV, knows Despain as a respected motor sports journalist, and a giant asset to the fast-rising MAVTV channel.
“‘The Dave Despain Show’ will be a flagship series for MAVTV,” Patison said. “Dave is one of the most respected names in motor sports journalism. He can now draw stories and memories from guests in a longer format that will definitely surprise and entertain MAVTV viewers.”
Originally from Fairfield, Iowa, and now living outside of Atlanta, Despain most recently hosted “Wind Tunnel” starting in 2003 and wrapped in 2013 after 594 episodes. Despain entertained and informed viewers for nearly 11 years before signing off by reminding people that “racing is fun, it’s supposed to be fun, so keep it that way.” Today, Despain said one of the goals for the new show is to reveal a side of racers never seen before and the interviews are exceeding his expectations.
“MAVTV provided a format where I can really talk to people one-on-one and learn some of the behind-the-scenes truths,” Despain said. “It has been one of the coolest experiences yet and some of the stories are amazing. The quality and variety of guests is staggering, and the interviews reveal stories that even I haven’t heard in over 40 years of covering racing. The end result is deeply satisfying and I’m sure the viewers are going to love it.”
MAVTV is a television network with its roots deep in the automotive world. With an unparalleled line-up of motorsports events and exclusive automotive reality shows, MAVTV is the answer for motor-heads from all walks of life. But MAVTV is much more than a motorsports destination, with original action/adventure programming, live MMA and an unbelievable library of blockbuster movies – MAVTV is a network the whole family can enjoy. A network by the people and for the people, made in America and American Real. MAVTV is currently available on Dish Network and DirecTV satellite services and many other cable providers.
For more information on MAVTV or “The Dave Despain Show,” Visit www.mavtv.com.