California’s Daniel Blair has had a whirlwind 2015 season, winning the championship in the AMSOIL Arenacross Lites West class, while also making the call in the Fox Sports 1 booth. As dynamic as they come, Blair is also a family man and even plays in his own band that he and his brother have created called, The Main Event. Daniel’s racing plans for 2016 are up in the air, but his commentating career is on the rise. We caught up with Daniel to talk about 2015 and beyond.

First off, talk about winning the 2015 AMSOIL Arenacross Lites West division. We know a lot of hard work went into that championship.

DB: I am pretty pumped that I was able to win it. To have an AMA #1 plate on my wall is something I will always be proud of. I was very distracted this year with all the other endeavors I was doing; so to be able to win a title was very cool.

You’ve done an outstanding job in the booth for Fox Sports 1, and given the fact that you literally had to take off your motocross gear and climb into a suit make that feat all the more amazing. We’re some weeks tougher than others, or were there any close calls making it from helmet to headset?

DB: Honestly it wasn’t too tough. I have ADD pretty bad so I actually excel in situations that are hectic and crazy. A few races stood out though. I remember having to change into my suit right after the Lites Main in Tacoma. I could not stop sweating. I was on the podium interviewing Jacob Hayes and he was like "dude, what’s wrong with you"?  But yes overall it was a great experience and every weekend was a different challenge.

The 2015 AMSOIL Arenacross Championship posted solid growth in 2015. You have the ultimate perspective, talk about your opinion of the state of AMSOIL Areancross.

DB: Man, the guys at Feld have killed it the past few years. The changes they have made to the series with the Race To The Championship, Head to Head racing and the Two Main Event format have really made Arenacross so much more exciting. Plus they have been moving into bigger markets. The series is growing and I look forward to being a part of Arenacross in the coming years.

DB: Very few have been able to retire at the top of their trade. How hard was the decision to retire? Or are you?

Well I am not officially retiring. I have done that before and then came back and looked like an idiot. I will always ride and race and pick and choose events. Might even line up in 2016 AX. Don’t tell the wife.

DB: Talk about your first live broadcast on Fox Sports 1 at the Las Vegas Supercross. Were the nerves similar to lining up on the gate, or maybe even more severe?

To be honest I wasn’t nervous at all. I thrive in front of the camera and behind the microphone. Racing has always scared me a bit so I have always had some nerve issues. But this commentating opportunity is such a blessing. It truly is my calling in life and I feel more comfortable doing this than anything else I have done. I absolutely love it. Vegas was incredible. It was such a rad night and I hope for more opportunities in the future.

DB: What other shows do you study and what other things do you work on to make sure you’re the best you can be when you go on camera?

Since I started commentating I have looked outside of Supercross and Arenacross to help craft who I want to be. I want to be different and obviously it will take time to find my style. I look at broadcasters in the NFL and NBA, and they are so much better at bringing statistics and strategy into their commentating. My goal is that when people watch the races, they are learning more about the sport or the riders. Obviously there is a race to call, but I want people to know why Jacob Hayes took that line, or why Kyle Regal waited to make that pass. I want to bring a more strategic approach to the sport to help new fans understand how dynamic racing really is. It will take some time, but I will know exactly where I want to take this.

There are some very exciting changes coming to AMSOIL Arenacross! Any predictions for 2016 on the track?

DB: It’s hard to say until I hear who is coming back and hear which new riders are entering the series. Some rumors floating around that there are some big name SX guys showing interest in coming over. If its anything like 2015, it should be a wild series.