Tony Stewart whips around Eldora Speedway. (SRX/Wayne Reigle Photo)

SRX Closing In On Trip To Canada

During his Tuesday afternoon appearance as part of Race Industry Week, Superstar Racing Experience CEO Don Hawk hinted that a trip to the Great White North could be in the offing for the all-star racing series.

With four race dates already announced for next summer’s six-race schedule, two events have yet to be revealed in what will be the fourth season for the series.

Hawk stated said a trip to a Canadian dirt track could be agreed upon soon. 

“There’s a reason we announced the four pavement tracks, because the two dirt tracks are still in play,” Hawk began.

“One of them is in Canada.”

While Hawk did not name the track, he discussed what needs to happen for the track to make it on the schedule.

“I have a conference call tomorrow afternoon at almost exactly this time, with a television network in Canada. We need a TV partner in Canada because ESPN is not in Canada,” Hawk said. “ESPN has agreed they will air it in the United States and around the world.”

ESPN broadcasts the full SRX schedule in the United States.

Hawk stated a deal is in place with a track (speculated to be Ohsweken Speedway in Ontario) that will see the series in Canada as the fifth race on the schedule, on Aug. 8. All that stands between the two sides and an official announcement is the Canadian television contract. 

“We have a deal. The track partner up there is terrific,” Hawk said. “We’ve been talking for three months. Tomorrow is, ‘let’s see if we can get it on the air in Canada itself and we go international racing.'”

The series will kickoff the upcoming season on July 11 at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway before heading to Vermont’s Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl one week later.

After a one-year hiatus, Slinger Speedway in Wisconsin returns to the SRX calendar on July 25. 

Michigan’s Berlin Raceway is back for a second consecutive season Aug. 1. 

Hawk is one of many speakers appearing during Race Industry Week, which began on Monday and runs through Dec. 1.

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