No its NOT normal at all. I have this game since Nov last year and the game has only froze twice so far. And my game isn't even installed.
If your talking about online freezing, there is a fix for this. And that is NOT to immediately go into an online race after starting the game. Instead, do a offline Single Race first then after that, you can go online without much problems.
Driving a PC racer with the keyboard is about as effective as typing an e-mail with your car's steering wheel. ~ Brian Ekberg