January 29, 2023

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The SRX racing series actually sounds pretty cool; Castroneves among racing greats

Superstar Racing Experience was envisioned as a series for previous greats who still experienced the expertise to square off in identically well prepared autos at 6 of America’s common quick tracks.

Ray Evernham and Tony Stewart took wonderful treatment in extending invites to the designed-for-Tv league they experienced co-developed. They thoughtfully pulled in a dozen of the most iconic names in fashionable-working day motorsports.

Never did they be expecting the reigning Indianapolis 500 winner to be in the discipline for the inaugural race.

Helio Castroneves will not have a whole-time job this period so signing up for SRX was a no-brainer. He does have a 6-race IndyCar offer, however, and it integrated the Indy 500 — the race Stewart experimented with 5 situations to get just before giving up on his childhood desire.

Stewart was there as a spectator two months back when Castroneves stunned the discipline and became just the fourth four-time Indy 500 winner in the one zero five-yr background of the race. The Brazilian was not able to parlay the victory into a ride at IndyCar’s doubleheader at Detroit this weekend so he will be with SRX at Stafford Motor Speedway in Connecticut when the series goes inexperienced tonight on CBS.

“I’m positive we’re all heading to have particular passes just to be permitted on pit road upcoming to him now that he is a four-time winner of the Indy 500,” Stewart reported. “His head will be swollen, he’ll be blessed to get that helmet on about that head and we all know how substantially he loves his hair and wishes to defend his hair.

“All joking apart, to be only the fourth four-time winner of the Indianapolis 500 and having him with the SRX Series is all some thing we are really proud of for his accomplishment and we’re enthusiastic to provide him back again to fact and exhibit him it’s not heading to be that straightforward for the upcoming 6 months.”

Nicely, Castroneves has gained the only two races he is entered so much this period.

Even now, SRX will be a totally new experience for most of the 12-driver discipline, which at Stafford will feature NASCAR Corridor of Famers Stewart, Monthly bill Elliott and Bobby Labonte, as perfectly as Greg Biffle, Michael Waltrip and Willy T. Ribbs. Open-wheel racing will be represented by Indianapolis 500 winner Tony Kanaan, Paul Tracy and Marco Andretti. There is also Ernie Francis Jr., an attained road racer who at 23 is the youngest in the discipline.

SRX every single 7 days will invite a local racer from the hosting monitor into the event at Stafford, it will be forty one-yr-outdated Doug Coby, a Connecticut indigenous 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 wonderful.

“From the CBS standpoint I believe that’s a wonderful story,” reported CBS Athletics Chairman Sean McManus. “That’s Rocky Balboa if that turns out to be the story and some of the wonderful legends in the background of motor racing are getting bested by the local hero. Which is a really darned excellent story.”

Stafford Speedway reported all ten,000 seats are bought for Saturday night time and the attractiveness is predicted to keep on as SRX moves on to some of the most prestigious grassroot venues in the nation. SRX goes upcoming 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.

Camping Entire world signed on as title sponsor of SRX a month back, and the series was presently backed by The Montag Group CEO Sandy Montag and Bruin Money CEO George Pyne.

CBS, wanting to fill a Saturday night time summertime void, signed on just before SRX even declared its existence and the partnership is a multi-yr arrangement.

“It’s America’s most viewed community,” Montag reported. “We know we’re heading to do fairly perfectly there.”

Veteran motorsports producer Pam Miller was brought in to direct the broadcast and assembled a expertise staff that consists of rotating driver analysts Danica Patrick, James Hinchcliffe and Dario Franchitti.

If that wasn’t enough, SRX: The Video game released two months back for consoles and the Computer that gave a sneak peek of what is actually to occur the upcoming 6 months.

Elliott, who is sixty five and the father of reigning NASCAR Cup Series winner Chase Elliott, reported there is absolutely nothing else in motorsports ideal now comparable to SRX. It is modeled after the outdated Intercontinental Race of Champions series that pitted the greatest motorists from several disciplines in equally well prepared autos for thirty seasons. Stewart gained its final championship in 2006 just before IROC folded.

“The complete thought of the series is really one of a kind and really unusual to almost everything else,” Elliott reported. “It is virtually like heading to golf. You have got older gentlemen competing against young kinds in a tournament and this is heading to be sort of the exact same thing.

“I don’t exhibit thoughts substantially and if you could see me from the inside of, you’d see how psychological this seriously is. To get started and get heading, that’s exactly where I want to be, you know? To heck with the communicate and the exhibit, I want to get the exhibit on the road.”