“Can’t Wait For the Premier of Drive To Replicate” – NASCAR and IndyCar Fans Not Happy With Rumours of IndyCar Interest in a Drive to Survive Inspired Series

Published 05/18/2022, 9:45 AM EDT
May 15, 2022; Kansas City, Kansas, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Ross Chastain (1) and NASCAR Cup Series driver Martin Truex Jr. (19) lead the pack after a restart during the AdventHealth 400 at Kansas Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Amy Kontras-USA TODAY Sports

Ever since its debut, a few years ago, Formula One: Drive to Survive has taken everyone by storm. Earlier this year, MotoGP jumped on the bandwagon with MotoGP Unlimited. Now, according to journalist Adam Stern, IndyCar will soon follow in their footsteps. Now, all that is left is for NASCAR to make a move and get its own docu-series.

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In the words of CEO Mark Miles, the open-wheel series is “on the 10-yard line” of striking a deal with a media company. If all goes well, then they will shoot a new unscripted docu-series centered around the sport.

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However, the fan reaction to the rumor was lukewarm and largely negative. The common complaint was that many feared that it would be a carbon copy of Drive to Survive. One of the biggest flaws of Drive to Survive is the focus on drama to play up certain storylines.

People are worried that the studios could try and tweak things to generate more drama and make things ‘fake’. On the other end of the scale, MotoGP Unlimited followed a different and more traditional pattern.

Its advantage is that there was already plenty of on-track drama, so there was nothing to really engineer. That series also had its flaws, like it being unavailable in India and South-East Asia, arguably two of its largest markets. However, that is a story for another time.

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People wondered when NASCAR would join the party

With an IndyCar docu-series on the way, the inevitable question is, ‘What about NASCAR’? In the past year or so, there has been one NASCAR-themed reality show, a docu-series focusing on driver Bubba Wallace, and an upcoming reality show.

To be precise, we are talking about, ‘The Crew’, ‘Race: Bubba Wallace’ and ‘Life In The Fast Lane’, respectively. The last one is reportedly the brainchild of Richard Childress Racing driver, Austin Dillon.

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Admittedly, the reception to Dillon’s upcoming show was not too good. Fans were unhappy that they are not being taken seriously.

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They would prefer to get a series where they can truly get to know their favorite drivers and teams on a more personal level. Reality shows and shows with actors are simply not going to cut it for them.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Motorsports author for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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