Superstar Racing Practical experience was envisioned as a sequence for previous greats who nevertheless experienced the competencies to square off in identically geared up cars at 6 of America’s classic shorter tracks.
Ray Evernham and Tony Stewart took great treatment in extending invitations to the created-for-Television set league they experienced co-established. They thoughtfully pulled in a dozen of the most iconic names in modern-day-working day motorsports.
Never did they anticipate the reigning Indianapolis five hundred winner to be in the discipline for the inaugural race.
Helio Castroneves will not have a whole-time position this time so signing up for SRX was a no-brainer. He does have a 6-race IndyCar deal, however, and it integrated the Indy five hundred — the race Stewart tried five periods to win just before supplying up on his childhood aspiration.
Stewart was there as a spectator two months back when Castroneves shocked the discipline and turned just the fourth 4-time Indy five hundred winner in the one zero five-yr heritage of the race. The Brazilian was unable to parlay the victory into a journey at IndyCar’s doubleheader at Detroit this weekend so he will be with SRX at Stafford Motor Speedway in Connecticut when the sequence goes environmentally friendly tonight on CBS.
“I’m sure we are all likely to have distinctive passes just to be allowed on pit street future to him now that he is a 4-time winner of the Indy five hundred,” Stewart claimed. “His head will be swollen, he’ll be blessed to get that helmet on around that head and we all know how a great deal he enjoys his hair and wishes to defend his hair.
“All joking apart, to be only the fourth 4-time winner of the Indianapolis five hundred and owning him with the SRX Series is all some thing we are exceptionally proud of for his accomplishment and we are excited to provide him back to actuality and display him it truly is not likely to be that uncomplicated for the future 6 months.”
Nicely, Castroneves has received the only two races he is entered so significantly this time.
Still, SRX will be a totally new working experience for most of the 12-driver discipline, which at Stafford will feature NASCAR Hall of Famers Stewart, Invoice Elliott and Bobby Labonte, as effectively as Greg Biffle, Michael Waltrip and Willy T. Ribbs. Open-wheel racing will be represented by Indianapolis five hundred winner Tony Kanaan, Paul Tracy and Marco Andretti. There is also Ernie Francis Jr., an attained street racer who at 23 is the youngest in the discipline.
SRX each individual 7 days will invite a regional racer from the hosting track into the function at Stafford, it will be 41-yr-outdated Doug Coby, a Connecticut native with 6 championships on NASCAR’s Whelen Modified Tour.
The backers of the league, CBS integrated, adore the dynamic of an underdog upstaging a national great.
“From the CBS standpoint I consider that’s a great tale,” claimed CBS Athletics Chairman Sean McManus. “That’s Rocky Balboa if that turns out to be the tale and some of the great legends in the heritage of motor racing are being bested by the regional hero. Which is a rather darned fantastic tale.”
Stafford Speedway claimed all 10,000 seats are bought for Saturday evening and the reputation is envisioned to carry on as SRX moves on to some of the most prestigious grassroot venues in the country. SRX goes future 7 days to Knoxville Raceway in Iowa, then the Stewart-owned Eldora Speedway in Ohio, Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Slinger Speedway in Wisconsin and finally Nashville Fairgrounds.
Tenting World signed on as title sponsor of SRX a thirty day period back, and the sequence was already backed by The Montag Group CEO Sandy Montag and Bruin Funds CEO George Pyne.
CBS, looking to fill a Saturday evening summertime void, signed on just before SRX even announced its existence and the partnership is a multi-yr settlement.
“It’s America’s most viewed network,” Montag claimed. “We know we’re likely to do moderately effectively there.”
Veteran motorsports producer Pam Miller was brought in to guide the broadcast and assembled a talent crew that involves rotating driver analysts Danica Patrick, James Hinchcliffe and Dario Franchitti.
If that was not ample, SRX: The Activity launched two months back for consoles and the Personal computer that gave a sneak peek of what’s to appear the future 6 months.
Elliott, who is sixty five and the father of reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion Chase Elliott, claimed there is absolutely nothing else in motorsports proper now similar to SRX. It is modeled just after the outdated Intercontinental Race of Champions sequence that pitted the very best motorists from several disciplines in similarly geared up cars for thirty seasons. Stewart received its final championship in 2006 just before IROC folded.
“The entire plan of the sequence is pretty special and pretty unheard of to every thing else,” Elliott claimed. “It’s almost like likely to golfing. You have bought older gentlemen competing versus younger types in a event and this is likely to be type of the identical matter.
“I do not display emotions a great deal and if you could see me from the inside, you’d see how emotional this actually is. To get started off and get likely, that’s the place I want to be, you know? To heck with the talk and the display, I want to get the display on the street.”