Tony Stewart/Ray Evernham SRX Series reveals 2021 body three months before debut

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The Superstar Racing Experience (SRX), the short-track series started by Tony Stewart and Ray Evernham, revealed its 2021 body style in a sequence of tweets and Instagram posts.

Patterned on the defunct IROC series that raced identically prepared cars on a variety of ovals and road courses from 1974 through 2006, SRX is scheduled to run six races this summer on short and dirt tracks. IROC featured up to 12 drivers from a several disciplines of racing including IndyCar, NASCAR, sports cars and occasionally dirt track drivers. Tony Stewart won the final championship.

The SRX series debuts June 12 at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway.

Without an overdependence on aerodynamics needed for speedways, owners Stewart and Ray Evernham could get a little creative with the SRX body design.

In February, their official Instagram profile teased fans with a peek at the skinless frame on its way to have sheet metal hung.

“Almost exactly 37 years ago I did the same thing with IROC,” Evernham commented on the post. ” Working on the prototype in a bunch of snow freezing my butt off LOL. I can’t wait for y’all to see this thing with the skin on it.”

After rolling the frame off the trailer and working diligently on it, the SRX series was ready to show the new body to the fans.

On Monday, SRX showed a tight closeup of the car with a flat side and an hourglass nose accompanied by the engine’s throaty growl.

Evernham along with former NASCAR and dirt track driver Ken Schrader took the car to the track to shake it down.

And finally, the full reveal was ready.

Ten drivers have been named as competitors in the SRX Series.

As with the IROC Series before it, SRX will showcase drivers from several disciplines including Bill Elliott, Bobby Labone and Michael Waltrip from NASCAR’s ranks, Tony Kanaan, Helio Castroneves and Paul Tracy from IndyCar, plus Willy T Ribbs and Ernie Francis Jr. from sports cars. Stewart will also race after concluding a successful career in both NASCAR and Indy type cars.

For the complete schedule of races, click here.

Starting lineup grid for IMSA Petit Le Mans: Tom Blomqvist puts MSR on pole position

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IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar championship contender Tom Blomqvist put the Meyer Shank Racing Acura at the front of the starting lineup for the Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Road Atlanta.

Blomqvist turned a 1-minute, 8.55-second lap on the 2.54-mile circuit Friday to capture his third pole position for MSR this season. Earl Bamber qualified second in the No. 02 Cadillac for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Ricky Taylor was third in the No. 10 Acura of Wayne Taylor Racing, which enters Saturday’s season finale with a 19-point lead over the No. 60 of Blomqvist and Oliver Jarvis (who will be joined by Helio Castroneves) for the 10-hour race.

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With the pole, MSR sliced the deficit to 14 points behind WTR, which will field the trio of Taylor, Filipe Albuquerque and Brendon Hartley in Saturday’s race.

“We really needed to put the car in this kind of position,” Blomqvist said. “It makes our life a little less stressful tomorrow. It would have given the No. 10 a bit more breathing space. It’s going to be a proper dogfight tomorrow. The guys gave me such a great car. It’s been fantastic this week so far, and it really came alive. I’m hugely thankful to the boys and girls at MSR for giving me the wagon today to execute my job.

“That was a big effort from me. I knew how important it was. It’s just awesome for the guys to give them some sort of reward as well. It’s always nice to be quick. If you do the pole, you know you’ve got a quick car.”

Though WTR has a series-leading four victories with the No. 10, MSR won the Rolex 24 at Daytona and has five runner-up finishes along with its three poles.

The strong performances of the ARX-05s ensure that an Acura will win the final championship in IMSA’s premier Daytona Prototype international (DPi) division, which is being rebranded as Grand Touring Prototype in the move to LMDh cars next season.

Taylor qualified third despite sliding into the Turn 5 gravel during the closing minutes of qualifying while pushing to gain points.

“Qualifying was important for points,” Taylor said. “Going into it, if we outqualified the No. 60 Meyer Shank Acura, they had a lot to lose in terms of championship points. So, we were trying to increase the gap over 20 points which would’ve made a big difference for tomorrow. We would have loved to get the pole and qualify ahead of the No. 60, but in the scheme of the points, it didn’t change a whole lot. I’m feeling good since it’s such a long race, and the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura team does such a good job strategizing and putting us in a good position.

“I’m very confident in our lineup and our team compared to them over the course of 10 hours. I’d put my two teammates up against those guys any day. I think we are all feeling optimistic and strong for tomorrow.”

In other divisions, PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports (LMP2), Riley Motorsports (LMP3), VasserSullivan (GTD Pro) and Paul Miller Racing (GTD) captured pole positions.

The broadcast of the 10-hour race will begin Saturday at 12:10 p.m. ET on NBC, moving at 3 p.m. to USA Network.


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