A 1982 graduate of the Jim Russell Racing School, Hansen was a member of the French Formula 3 AVIA team in 1986, and claimed both the West Coast Formula Atlantic and Pacific Coast Racing Championships in 1991. Hansen broke three qualifying lap records in Portland, Ore., Laguna Seca and Sears Point Raceway and competed professionally in the Champ Car World Series Toyota Atlantic Championship from 1991-93. After retiring as a Professional driver but still continuing as a very active Armature racer in highly competitive Armature Motor Sports such as HSR, The Race Central Rocky Mountain Legends Series, The Baja 1000, SCCA National Competition and others, Hansen saw broadcasting as a way to keep his competitive fires burning as he expanded his desire to promote and get even more embedded in the world he loves so much.
“Having raced on many levels, I missed the highly aggressive Professional driving aspect and saw broadcasting as a way to go well beyond just the the driver’s seat. Racing is my passion and I wanted to stay deeply involved and stay as close as I could in every aspect”
Hansen launched his broadcasting career in 2001 at one of the highest rated Radio outlets in America, KNBR 1050 AM in San Francisco as host of Race Central before moving the program in 2003 to Denver’s ESPN Radio affiliate KLZ 560, and continues to be heard on the Rocky Mountain’s national Yahoo Sports Radio affiliate FM 94.1- HD Radio 107.5.2 and ESPN 1580 AM Colorado Springs for well over a decade Fridays from 6-8 PM MT and Saturdays from 6-8 PM MT. and now the newest Blowtorch for Motor Sports AM 1100 KFNX Phoenix Saturdays at 2 pm and always streaming at www.racecentralmedia.com. Hansen was also be heard nationwide as motor sports correspondent for ESPN Radio’s The V Show, heard on all 450 of the network’s affiliates and on Fox Sports Radio. A recipient of the prestigious ‘Telly’ Award, recognizing outstanding performance on a cable/satellite television program, Hansen has also enjoyed success in front of the camera. Hansen hosts the television version of Race Central on the exciting newest home for top flight Programming and Motor Sports, the Forrest Lucas owned MavTV and is the longest running show on this premiere home – reaching well in excess of 60 million homes nationally, Race Central is seen regionally and nationally on Comcast, Dish Network and Direct TV, Verizon Fios, "Over Air", IPTV and Mobil Downloads via MavTV and www.racecentralmedia.com, MavTV is the Nation’s newest cutting edge network for all forms of top flight Entertainment and the new home for the "best of the best" in Motor Sports Programming. Hansen also makes regular appearances on ESPN, Fox Sports and all other acclaimed national Television and Radio outlets with top flight "Gear Head "coverage. Race Central’s guest list is a ‘Who’s Who’ in auto racing, including the likes of, Mario Andretti, John Force and Danica Patrick, Tony Stewart, Dale Earnhardt Jr, Patrick Dempsey, just to name a few, as well as numerous celebrities from sports and entertainment. Hansen credits his racing background for opening so many doors in his career and earning the respect of those in the racing industry.
“I bring other-side-of-the-fence knowledge to my broadcasts because I’ve done it and have tremendous respect for the sport and the people in it. I try to take that knowledge and combine energy and a little bit of an edge every time I’m on the air.” With so many options for today’s sports fan on radio, television and the Internet, Hansen strives to bring something unique to every broadcast.
“I never want to say something on the air that makes a listener or viewer says ‘so what?’ I always want to leave them wanting more and thinking, ‘I didn’t know that!’” The world’s racetracks are not the only places that cater to Hansen’s love of speed – he was also an accomplished national and internationally ranked skier. Hansen was a nationally/internationally -ranked alpine racer in the 1970’s and attended training camps with the U.S. Ski Team in South America and other locations round the globe. When not racing on four wheels or two skis, Hansen has worked for over 20 years in the collectible car business, buying, selling and restoring high-end and exotic vehicles. A wealth of life experiences has helped Hansen as a broadcaster and is still a top flight Driver in all of his endeavors.
Motor Sports Media Group, Inc.
National Radio/Television Award Winner
ESPN/Yahoo Sports Radio Host
Rocky Mountain Automotive Press Board
2014 Motor Press Guild Member
Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Board of Directors
Executive Board of Directors-The Pro Players Association