If you have even been a casual fan of motorsports for 20 years or more than you are well aware of the IROC (International Race of Champions) series that began back in the 1970s and lasted for about 30 years.
The concept proved to be genius. Bring all these racing greats from different series from all over the world together, give them identically prepared cars and have them race an all-star series of sorts to see who is the best driver.
Well, Tony Stewart, Ray Evernham and CBS Sports wants to bring that concept back and will do so this summer with the advent of the SRX (Superstar Racing Experience) series. The new series will feature six straight weeks of racing including a stop at the oval here at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg on July 3.
But instead of using all current drivers, Stewart's creation slants toward featuring some of the greats from the past.
Here's a look at what to expect:
The inaugural season begins June 12 at Stafford Motor Speedway in Connecticut. All six series events will feature short-track racing on consecutive Saturday nights.
The racing at each stop will include two 15-minute heat races and a 100-lap feature. The heats will set the starting lineup for the feature, and points earned in both heats and the feature at all the stops will determine the 2021 champion.
The drivers will race specially designed stock cars, and like the IROC series of old, all the cars will be identically prepared. Organizers said they chose a car that takes the advantage away from stock-car drivers who run ovals all the time.
They want this to be a series that accentuates the talent of the drivers and not focused on the cars or even the tracks.
The series will feature a cavalcade of racing greats including Tony Stewart himself. Four-time and reigning Indy 500 champion Helio Castroneves will also race in the series.
Other notables include Marco Andretti, Bill Elliott, Ernie Francis Jr., Tony Kanaan, Bobby Labonte, Willy T. Ribbs, Paul Tracy and Michael Waltrip.
Lucas Oil Raceway Stop
Entitled the SRX Independence Showdown, Lucas Oil Raceway's event on July 3 will be the fourth of six stops for the tour. The event will mark a homecoming of sorts for Stewart who grew up in Indiana and raced many times on the LOR oval.
The event is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. and will also include a Brown’s Oil Champion Midget Race. That midget race will pay $5,000 to the winner of the 30-lap feature.
The SRX Series will be televised nationally on CBS giving it even more cache as an event with potential staying power beyond this year.
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