This summer, the inaugural Superstar Racing Experience (SRX) season will debut on CBS Sports and Paramount+ as a brand-new racing series that features a variety of backgrounds and short tracks. On Wednesday, CBS Sports revealed group that will be featured on the broadcasts of the six-race series.
Lindsay Czarniak will be the host of the series and will work alongside Allen Bestwick, Brad Daugherty and Matt Yocum for all six races. Bestwick will be in the booth for play-by-play, Daugherty will be a roaming analyst and Yocum is set to be the pit reporter and will take viewers behind the scenes.
Together, these four will provide commentary, show the SRX experience and tell the stories beyond the track.
Danica Patrick, James Hinchcliffe and Dario Franchitti will all take two races a piece to be a driver analyst, with Patrick kicking it off.
Pam Miller, CBS Sports SRX Producer, spoke highly of the broadcast team and what they will provide to each race of the series,
"The exceptional broadcast crew we have put together is a great reflection of what SRX is all about, bringing together all-stars from a variety of racing backgrounds to create a made-for-TV racing experience," she said. "Each member of the team brings his or her own unique experience in the racing world with deep knowledge of the legacies involved and the entertainment value of racing.
"Between the amazing drivers behind the wheel, best-in-class television production and historic tracks, SRX will be a tremendous viewing experience for race fans across the nation."
Multiple members of the broadcasting crew spoke to CBS Sports on Wednesday about what fans can expect from the series, saying it is something for both the veteran fan and the casual fan to enjoy. They agree the excitement will be palpable and the fun these drivers are having will show through the broadcast.
Czarniak said people should expect "hunger, bragging rights and trash talk" from the drivers involved, making the races not just exciting while the drivers are showing off, but also off the tracks as well.
Bestwick added that a few elements will mix together to form a new style of racing that will intrigue all viewers.
"Here's the simple formula, we've got some of the most accomplished, greatest drivers in the history of auto racing, all disciplines in a car built to let them show their skills off, where they're not as dependent on the engineer or the pit crew. It's designed for them to show their skills against each other," he said, adding that you add that to iconic racing facilities and you have the trailer of what fans can expect each week.
SRX was created by The Montag Group, NASCAR Hall of Famers Ray Evernham and Tony Stewart and investor George Pyne. The multi-year partnership with CBS Sports was announced in 2020. The series will put an emphasis on head-to-head competition in short, sprint races.
Drivers scheduled to compete include:
- Tony Stewart
- Tony Kanaan
- Willy T Ribbs
- Paul Tracy
- Helio Castroneves
- Bobby Labonte
- Bill Elliott
- Ernie Francis Jr.
- Michael Waltrip
- Marco Andretti
The races will be shown on consecutive Saturday nights, beginning on June 12 at 8 p.m. ET.
Stafford Motor Speedway
(Stafford Springs, Conn.)
Lindsay Czarniak / Allen Bestwick / Brad Daugherty / Matt Yocum / Danica Patrick
Czarniak / Bestwick / Daugherty / Yocum / Patrick
Czarniak / Bestwick / Daugherty / Yocum / James Hinchcliffe
Lucas Oil Raceway
Czarniak / Bestwick / Daugherty / Yocum / Dario Franchitti
Czarniak / Bestwick / Daugherty / Yocum / Franchitti
Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway (Nashville, Tenn.)
Czarniak / Bestwick / Daugherty / Yocum / Hinchcliffe