Ryan Blaney is much more than the driver of Team Penske’s No. 12 Ford in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
Sure, Blaney is best known for his efforts behind the wheel of a race car, which include a pair of Cup Series victories, seven NASCAR Xfinity Series wins and four NASCAR Camping World Truck Series triumphs.
However, like most people, his job doesn’t tell you everything about him.
The 24-year-old from High Point, N.C., is a third-generation racer, following in the footsteps of his grandfather, Lou Blaney, his father Dave Blaney and his uncle Dale Blaney.
But what else is there to know about the youngest member of the Blaney racing family?
As it turns out, plenty.
For starters, Blaney has his own podcast called “The Glass Case of Emotion.” He explained that the idea for the podcast came from Dale Earnhardt Jr. prior to the 2017 season.
“I was at his house and we were just hanging out one night. He’s had that Dale Jr. Download on Dirty Mo Radio for a while. He was like, ‘Man, you’ve got to get a podcast. You’ve got to do one.’ He’s like ‘People love it, it’ll really increase your awareness.’ That sort of thing,” Blaney recalled. “I kind of put it off a little bit, but he kept harping on me about it. I was like all right, let’s do it.”
Blaney approached NASCAR officials with the concept of starting his own podcast and they fell in love with the idea. NASCAR teamed him with former Miss Sprint Cup and current MRN broadcaster Kim Coon as well as producer, Chuck Bush, and the trio quickly jelled.
“They brought up Kim Coon’s name. I was like man, Kim would be great because she knows the sport, she’s very well spoken and she’s very funny,” Blaney said. “Chuck Bush, who is kind of the producer and the other host who kind of pieces everything together a lot, he’s kind of the brains behind the whole deal. He’s great because he’s knowledgeable and likes to talk about other things and (he’s) very knowledgeable about other things other than racing.”
Blaney says rather than focusing 100 percent on NASCAR and racing, the podcast can tackle a number of topics ranging from music to movies and everything in between, though there are two exceptions.
“We talk about pretty much anything except religion or politics,” Blaney said. “We try to keep those two out of it because people get up in arms about that stuff. Everything else is pretty much fair game.”
Blaney is an avid Star Wars fan and his love for the film series is featured in the branding of the podcast.
His love for Star Wars developed after he saw “Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace” as a child and steadily grew from there.
“I saw that one and really episodes one, two and three before I saw the originals just because I was a kid and that was the era of me growing up,” Blaney explained. “So when I found the originals I was super young. My family, they’re not really Star Wars fans or nothing, so my dad and mom never told me well, they had these originals that were made 30 years ago or 20 years ago.
“I liked them as a kid and then honestly in my earlier teen years I fell off of it a little bit. Then in the last five or six years, I’ve gotten back into it and really began appreciating all that stuff,” Blaney continued. “It’s been cool to get to go to some cool events. I’ve been to some premieres of those movies, that’s been really special to experience that.”