A new short track racing series is on the horizon, promising star power at some of the most famous and historic short track venues starting in the summer of 2021.
As first reported by the Sports Business Journal, Tony Stewart and Ray Evernham have partnered to form the Superstar Racing Experience (SRX). The series will feature six short-track races starting next summer.
Among the notable highlights from the announcement, the series promises 90-minute races with no pit stops which will fit in two-hour television windows as part of a deal with CBS, a focus on driver performance while utilizing spec race cars, and high-profile participants, both as racers and crew chiefs.
Fields will feature 12 cars per race, similar to the defunct International Race of Champions (IROC), which operated from 1974 to 2006 with Stewart claiming the final series championship.
While drivers and tracks have not been confirmed for the inaugural 2021 season, Stewart indicated an interest in both competing in the series and including Eldora Speedway (OH) in the schedule. In an interview with the Associated Press, Evernham mentioned he would like to invite drivers such as Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan, Jimmie Johnson, Gordon, Juan Pablo Montoya, Paul Tracy into the series, as well as up-and-coming short track racers.
Evernham mentioned Stafford Motor Speedway (CT), Five Flags Speedway (FL), New Smyrna Speedway (FL), Eldora, Knoxville Raceway and Terre Haute Action Track (IN) as possible venues. Evernham would also like a road course and a modified oval on the schedule.
Evernham also told the Associated Press he hopes the cars will be relatable to viewers while also providing great racing.
“We envision a hybrid of all different series — we don’t see it looking like a crazy dunebuggyish type car,” Evernham told the AP. “To me, it’s got to be a really cool looking car that also puts it back in the drivers hands, mechanically-wise and allows it to be more affected by the pedals.”
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor - Twitter: @ztevans
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