ABOUT THE SHOW:
WIND TUNNEL WITH DAVE DESPAIN
Sound off on another season of Wind Tunnel!
Wind Tunnel began on February 21, 2003 as a LIVE 30-minute show on
Friday nights. The first guest was Chip Ganassi. It quickly turned into a 1-hour program
then by August of that year, the show expanded to four nights a week...Monday-Thursday.
In 2005, Wind Tunnel transitioned into a 2-hour Sunday night program and in 2006, Wind
Tunnel was trimmed to a jam-packed 1 hour. Also that year, we debuted our documentary
unit called Dave Despain On Assignment as well as did a special on legendary motorsports
reporter, Chris Economaki. 2011 marks Wind Tunnel's 9th season. We've done over 500 shows
and have interviewed well over 1000 guests.
Hosting Wind Tunnel since 2003.
Dave Despain began his broadcasting career as a sophomore in high school, as a deejay and high school sports
reporter for KMCD radio in his home town of Fairfield, Iowa.
In 1975, while working for the motorcycle sanctioning body AMA, he was hired by
"ABC Wide World of Sports"
as expert analyst for the
"My first TV job was standing alongside Keith Jackson wearing one of those blazers with the big ABC crest on
"This proves once again there is no substitute for dumb luck!"
In 1981 Despain was chosen to host
racing's first weekly highlight show, which aired on Ted Turner's then-revoutionary
In '87 he moved to ESPN, hosting motorcycle programming,
"Thursday Night Thunder"
(featuring USAC midgets, sprints and Silver Crown Cars), NASCAR's then-new Craftsman Truck Series and the
Winston Cup pre-race show.
In 1999 Despain moved to SPEED to host motorcycle programming and since 2003 has hosted
the network's Sunday night racing talk show.
When he's not on the air, Despain is usually riding one of his ten motorcycles.