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Reports: Stewart, Evernham to launch SRX circuit

Field Level Media
14 Jul 2020, 05:40 GMT+10

A new auto racing circuit, launched by former driver Tony Stewart and former crew chief Ray Evernham, is expected to make its debut in 2021 and incorporate different styles of racing, multiple outlets reported Monday.

Called the Superstar Racing Experience (SRX), according to Sports Business Daily, the circuit is expected to feature six short track races, with dirt tracks, ovals and road courses to be used.

For each race, a field of 12 drivers will compete over two 45-minute heats with no pit stops. The competitors will participate in identical cars with identical setups, similar to the former IROC series, which was contested from 1974-2006.

"That combination of driver, crew chief and machine, no computers telling you what to do, no simulation," Evernham told Sports Business Daily. "It's really about the competition, how well that driver and crew chief can make that machine go against one another."

The SRX has not announced what drivers will take part, but as the Washington Post noted, its new Twitter account is following a limited number of people, including current or former NASCAR drivers Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Stewart and former open-wheel driver Paul Tracy.

It also follows Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Eldora Speedway near New Weston, Ohio, Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway and Stafford Speedway in Stafford, Conn.

Also according to the Sports Business Daily report, SRX does not yet have a corporate sponsor but has lined up a television deal with CBS to air all races live on Saturday nights.

Each driver will be paired randomly with a crew chief for each race, with the races aimed for short tracks as opposed to super speedways.

--Field Level Media

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