Over the last month, SRX (Superstar Racing Experience) has been making leaps and bounds before the big debut. They have officially announced the full and part-time drivers that will be racing this season. Along with that, they have been doing extensive track training to dial in the cars for both dirt and asphalt.
The debut series driver lineup is almost full, and big names from across all forms of motorsport continue to join. Those include Bill Elliott, Michael Waltrip, Bobby Labonte, Marco Andretti, Ernie Francis Jr., Paul Tracy, Tony Kanaan, Willy T. Ribbs, Helio Castroneves, and of course Tony Stewart. Along with these racing veterans, there will be several amateurs or “Local Legend” who will be running one-off races. Those drivers are Doug Coby, Brian Brown, Kody Swanson, Bobby Santos III, and the Slingers 2021 Nationals Champion.
We’ve come a long way! 😎 pic.twitter.com/U0ZWVIg8m7— Superstar Racing Experience (@SRXracing) April 5, 2021
As I have stated in my previous SRX article, all cars will be identical when it comes to specs. Only things that can be adjusted on the car will be different across each team. But what do we actually know about what’s under the hood? Well, for starters, the engine of choice will be a 396ci Ilmor V8. The same engine that the NASCAR Truck and ARCA Series run. These engines can produce 700 horsepower and 530 ft-lb of torque! On the back end, after some looking, it looks like the cars will be running a solid rear axle with a three-link suspension.
This, if true, is a good choice from a price perspective since these cars will be running on dirt and asphalt. Making things work on both track types and not having to spend extra on two different rear ends probably isn’t the best idea, also with SRX not having standard pit stops but having a “Halftime Break,” which could be due to the time needed to make certain adjustments.
Over the past month or so, the SRX team and Ken Schrader have dialed in the cars. When Evernham built these cars, he wanted to put the driving back into the driver’s hand while still having modern technology and safety precautions. Not something that is typically “easy” to race around a track, and from what I’ve seen, he’s done just that. These cars are going to take some finesse and skill to run competitively. Pair this with the lineup SRX has, and I can safely say this six-race debut season is going to be one to remember.