Thursday Night Thunder: SRX all-star series moves to ESPN

Dec 11, 2022, 4:16 PM | Updated: Dec 12, 2022, 8:31 am
FILE - The SRX car of Tony Stewart is seen during the debut race of Superstar Racing Experience (SR...

FILE - The SRX car of Tony Stewart is seen during the debut race of Superstar Racing Experience (SRX) at Stafford Motor Speedway on June 12, 202,1 in Stafford, Conn. Stewart's all-star summer racing series is moving to ESPN and a new night as the network plans to use SRX to revitalize its “Thursday Night Thunder", ESPN announced Monday, Dec. 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

(AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

Tony Stewart’s all-star summer racing series is moving to ESPN and a new night as the network plans to use SRX to revitalize its “Thursday Night Thunder.”

ESPN said Monday it signed a multi-year agreement with Superstar Racing Experience that begins in July. SRX will air on six consecutive summer nights as “Thursday Night Thunder,” which was ESPN’s branding for motorsports programming that started in the 1980s.

The old programming showcased grassroots racing from across the country.

“Thursday Night Thunder is where guys like me, who were just starting our careers in USAC, got the chance to make a name for ourselves because of its presence on ESPN,” Stewart said. “It’s great to see Thursday Night Thunder return, but to also be a part of it all over again with SRX.”

SRX launched in 2021 in partnership with CBS, which gave the stock car races a prime time Saturday night slot. SRX pits stars from NASCAR, IndyCar and other series against each other in identically prepared cars.

Stewart won the inaugural season championship, and Marco Andretti was crowned champion this past summer. The participating drivers last season combined for five NASCAR Cup championships, three IndyCar titles, four Daytona 500 wins, five Indianapolis 500 wins and four NASCAR Hall of Fame Drivers.

“SRX has been an impressive property in its first two seasons and has produced competitive and exciting action,” said Burke Magnus, president of ESPN programming and original content. “We look forward to bringing live racing back to summertime Thursday nights on ESPN with SRX.”

ESPN has aired nearly every form of motorsports starting on Oct. 7, 1979, exactly one month after the network launched. Its first race aired was a USAC event taped the previous summer.

ESPN aired its first NASCAR Cup race in 1981 — a tape-delayed event from Rockingham Speedway in North Carolina. The first live race was a CART event at the Milwaukee Mile later that summer.

ESPN currently televises the full Formula One schedule. The first F1 race aired in the United States was on ABC in 1962, and F1 first aired on ESPN from 1984 through 1997.

“When we had the opportunity to pitch the concept of ‘Thursday Night Thunder’ on ESPN, it was my firm belief this would be another disruptive and monumental moment in SRX and racing history: reuniting race fans with ESPN on short tracks with superstar drivers all across the U.S. for years to come,” said Don Hawk, who was named CEO of SRX ahead of its second season.


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