After considerable hype and build-up over the past year, the Superstar Racing Experience is finally ready to go: this weekend at Stafford Speedway some of the best to ever get into a race car will go head to head during the inaugural race of the Camping World SRX Series. And true to its bill, the first race for SRX features a star-studded field of 12 drivers ready to tackle the historic half-mile of Stafford Springs, Connecticut.
On Wednesday, SRX Racing announced the driver lineup for the first race of the season, which includes full-time SRX drivers as well as some others. The starting field for the 100-lap feature will later be defined through a pair of 15-minute qualifying races, with all on-track action starting at 8 p.m. ET on CBS and Paramount +.
Here is the full lineup of drivers for the first race of the SRX series:
# 2 – Ernie Francis Jr. – Road racer by training, Ernie Francis Jr. will be the youngest driver in the peloton at just 23 years old. Francis is already an accomplished racer in Trans-Am competition, having won five championships in the TA3A, TA4 and TA classes. He also participated sporadically in NASCAR.
# 3 – Hélio Castronèves – Great single-seater driver and Indianapolis 500 legend, Castroneves joins SRX barely out of his latest feat, and perhaps the most remarkable, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Just a few weeks ago, Castroneves won his fourth Indy 500 at the age of 46, tying the record for most wins in racing history.
# 9 – Bill Elliott – After taking a step back while his son Chase was preparing to become a NASCAR champion, “Awesome Bill from Dawsonville” is back behind the wheel of his famous number 9. Elder Elliott has a career in the NASCAR Hall of Fame that includes the 1988 Winston Cup Championship and two Daytona 500 wins in 1985 and 1987.
# 10 – Doug Coby – Hailing from Milford, Connecticut, Doug Coby will be the first of the famous short trackers to have the opportunity to race SRX. The 41-year-old went on to become one of the all-time greats of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, winning six championships in NASCAR’s longest-serving division.
# 13 – Tony Kanaan – One of the great open-wheel racers of the past 20 years, Tony Kanaan is one of IndyCar’s longest-serving statesmen and continues his career in SRX. Highlights of Kanaan’s career include an IndyCar Championship in 2004 and an Indianapolis 500 victory in 2013.
# 13 – Paul Tracy – Known as “The Thrill from West Hill”, Paul Tracy has enjoyed a long and successful racing career, his greatest achievements being in open wheel competition. Tracy won the CART Championship in 2003 and is credited with a second place finish in the 2002 Indianapolis 500 – a result that has become one of the biggest controversies in racing history, as Tracy did what ‘he thought he was the winning pass by the time a late warning came out and Helio Castroneves was scored as a leader.
# 14 – Tony Stewart – One of the creators of SRX, “Smoke” does not need to be introduced: he is one of the great racers of his time, starting his career in open wheel competition before winning three Cup championships into a NASCAR Hall of Fame career. Stewart has become one of the most prominent figures in grassroots racing, and his involvement with SRX adds to a portfolio that also includes ownership of Eldora Speedway.
# 15 – Michael Waltrip – After retiring from the 2017 Daytona 500, Michael Waltrip returns to the wheel with the # 15 which has become the most important of his driving career. Waltrip’s crowning glory in a long NASCAR career came in the Daytona 500, which he won in 2001 and 2003.
# 17 – Willy T. Ribbs – A racing pioneer, Willy T. Ribbs was accomplished and provocative in a racing career that spanned sports cars, open wheel cars and stock cars. Ribbs became the first African-American driver to accomplish a number of feats, such as qualifying for the Indianapolis 500, and won 17 races during his career in Trans-Am competition.
# 18 – Bobby Labonte – Following in the footsteps of his brother Terry, Bobby Labonte was one of NASCAR’s top drivers in the 1990s and 2000s and raced until the 2010s. Labonté scored 21 career Cup Series victories and also won the Winston Cup Championship in 2000.
# 69 – Greg Biffle – One of SRX’s “ringtones”, Greg Biffle has a long list of accomplishments in all three of NASCAR’s National Touring Series. After winning the championship in the Craftsman Truck (2000) and Busch (2002) series, Biffle had a Cup career that saw him visit Victory Lane 19 times and score a better second place in points in 2005.
# 98 – Marco Andretti – The third generation of the Andretti racing family, Marco Andretti arrives at SRX after reducing his IndyCar racing list. Andretti drove full time in IndyCar from 2006 to 2020, notching two career victories and taking pole for the Indianapolis 500 in 2020.