One of America’s favorite motorsport journalists, Dave Despain, has found a new home at MAVTV and is set to debut his new show, “The Dave Despain Show” Friday, April 25 at 8pm EST. A legend in motor sports journalism, in both two wheels and four, and former host of the very popular “Wind Tunnel” program on SPEED, many have wondered where he would end up next.
To-date, MAVTV has ordered 26-episodes of “The Dave Despain Show.” The 30-minute format gives the veteran interviewer the opportunity to sit with racing legends, current superstars, and rising young guns. For Despain, the new series allows his viewers an ‘inside’ look behind the skill, passion, friendships, tragedy, courage and technology breakthroughs that makes motorsports such a thrilling spectacle.
Debuting with NHRA superstar John Force, guests this season 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 at:https://www.youtube.com/
Dirt or asphalt, quarter-mile or banked super speedway, two wheels or four; Despain has reported on everything from NASCAR to dirt bikes. Having over 40 years experience with ABC, CBS, ESPN and TBS as a broadcaster; Despain will now share insights with MAVTV viewers on Friday nights, along with hosting duties for special MAVTV live racing events throughout the year.
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.”