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Sports SRX made-for-TV racing series debuts with Indy 500 winner

01:06  11 june  2021
01:06  11 june  2021 Source:   thecanadianpress.com

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SRX made - for - TV racing series debuts with Indy 500 winner . Ray Evernham and Tony Stewart took great care in extending invites to the made - for - TV league they had co-created. Never did they expect the reigning Indianapolis 500 winner to be in the field for the inaugural race . Helio Castroneves has no full-time job this season so joining SRX was a no-brainer.

The Indianapolis 500 , also formally known as the Indianapolis 500 -Mile Race , or simply the Indy 500 , is an annual automobile race held at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) in Speedway, Indiana

Superstar Racing Experience was envisioned as a series for former greats who still had the skills and desire to compete and they would square off in identically prepared cars at six of America’s classic short tracks.

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Ray Evernham and Tony Stewart took great care in extending invites to the made-for-TV league they had co-created. They thoughtfully pulled in a a dozen of the most iconic names in modern day motorsports.

Never did they expect the reigning Indianapolis 500 winner to be in the field for the inaugural race.

Helio Castroneves has no full-time job this season so joining SRX was a no-brainer. He does have a six-race IndyCar deal, however, and it included the Indy 500 — the race Stewart tried five times to win before giving up on his childhood dream.

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Stewart was there as a spectator two weeks ago when Castroneves shocked the field and became just the fourth four-time Indy 500 winner in the 105-year history of the race. The Brazilian was unable 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 green Saturday night live on CBS.

“I'm sure we're all going to have special passes just to be allowed on pit road next to him now that he's a four-time winner of the Indy 500," Stewart said. "His head will be swollen, he'll be lucky to get that helmet on over that head and we all know how much he loves his hair and wants to protect his hair.

“All joking aside, to be only the fourth four-time winner of the Indianapolis 500 and having him with the SRX Series is all something we are extremely proud of for his accomplishment and we're excited to bring him back to reality and show him it's not going to be that easy for the next six weeks.”

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Well, Castroneves has won the only two races he's entered so far this season.

Still, SRX will be a completely new experience for most of the 12-driver field, which at Stafford will feature NASCAR Hall of Famers Stewart, Bill Elliott and Bobby Labonte, as well as Greg Biffle, Michael Waltrip, Willy T. Ribbs, and Indianapolis 500 winner Tony Kanaan, Paul Tracy and Marco Andretti, as well as Ernie Francis Jr., an accomplished road racer who at 23 is the youngest in the field.

SRX each week will invite a local racer from the hosting track into the event; at Stafford, it will be 41-year-old Doug Coby, a Connecticut native with six championships on NASCAR's Whelen Modified Tour.

The backers of the league, CBS included, love the dynamic of an underdog upstaging a national great.

“From the CBS standpoint I think that’s a great story,” said CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus. “That’s Rocky Balboa if that turns out to be the story and some of the great legends in the history of motor racing are being bested by the local hero. That’s a pretty darned good story.”

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Sunday's race marked the fastest Indianapolis 500 in history, as the race was only slowed twice for a record-low two cautions. Both crashes in the race involved pit road: Stefan Wilson crashed on pit road during the first round of green flag pitstops, and Graham Rahal would crash in turn two coming out of the While Castroneves reveled in his Indy 500 triumph, it was a difficult day for another IndyCar great in Scott Dixon. After starting from the pole, Dixon ran out of fuel during the ill-timed first caution of the race , losing a lap after his car would not re-fire. Scott McLaughlin, driving the same Team Penske No

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Stafford Speedway said all 10,000 seats are sold for Saturday night and the popularity is expected to continue as SRX moves on to some of the most prestigious grassroot venues in the country. SRX goes next week 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 World signed on as title sponsor of SRX a month ago, and the series was already backed by The Montag Group CEO Sandy Montag and Bruin Capital CEO George Pyne.

CBS, looking to fill a Saturday night summertime void, signed on before SRX even announced its existence and the partnership is a multi-year agreement.

“It’s America’s most watched network," Montag said. "We know we’re going to do reasonably well there.”

Veteran motorsports producer Pam Miller was brought in to lead the broadcast and assembled a talent team that includes rotating driver analysts Danica Patrick, James Hinchcliffe and Dario Franchitti.

If that wasn't enough, SRX: The Game launched two weeks ago for consoles and the PC that gave a sneak peek of what's to come the next six weeks.

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  Who's the boss? At Indy 500, women play large role at IMS INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Simona de Silvestro was still in her helmet when her race team owner threw her arms around the driver who had just qualified for the Indianapolis 500 by the narrowest of margins. De Silvestro’s pony-tailed crew members stopped by to congratulate her, as did 2018 Indy 500 winner Will Power. Surviving the make-or-break seconds and breakneck speeds needed to make the 33-car field is cause enough for a celebration at Indy, especially after sweating out a 75-minute, five-car shootout for one of the final three spots in Sunday’s race.

Elliott, who is 65 and the father of reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion Chase Elliott, said there is nothing else in motorsports right now comparable to SRX. It is modeled after the old International Race of Champions series that pitted the best drivers from various disciplines in equally prepared cars for 30 seasons. Stewart won its final championship in 2006 before IROC folded.

“The whole idea of the series is very unique and very uncommon to everything else," Elliott said. "It’s almost like going to golf. You’ve got older gentlemen competing against younger ones in a tournament and this is going to be kind of the same thing.

"I don’t show emotions much and if you could see me from the inside, you’d see how emotional this really is. To get started and get going, that’s where I want to be, you know? To heck with the talk and the show, I want to get the show on the road.”

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