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NASCAR’s popularity on a global scale has been on a steady decline for quite a while now. To combat this, the company has teamed up with Netflix to track the 2023 Cup Series playoffs and turn it into a dramatized documentary. They’re obviously following in the footsteps of Formula One. F1’s ‘Drive to Survive’ is arguably the most-watched motorsport documentary series of all time. The documentary also has gained them thousands of new fans. There’s just one problem: not everyone may be completely okay with cameras following them around everywhere.

Fans greeted the NASCAR-Netflix deal with positive reactions. They will, for the first time, witness behind-the-scenes drama and insights. If Drive to Survive is anything to go by, it is the off-track incidents that often hook in the casual watcher. And before they even know it, they become a huge fan. Drive to Survive has gained a lot of fans in the past few years. But one man who is not a fan of the world-famous Formula One docu-series is the 2023 Cup Series regular-season champion Martin Truex Jr.

Martin Truex Jr reveals indifference towards Netflix masterpiece

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Martin Truex Jr has a crucial race this Sunday at the Talladega Superspeedway. It is the second race of the round of 12. He may be well clear of the cutline but his place in the last 8 is far from confirmed yet. And Talladega is a track where the former Cup Series champion has never won a race before. Ahead of the event, Truex was asked about how it felt with the Netflix cameras following them everywhere.

The driver of the #19 Joe Gibbs Racing driver seemed to be quite indifferent about it all. It did not seem like Netflix was invading his privacy and keeping it professional. This is always reassuring for drivers and crews, especially ahead of big races like the one at Talladega. Truex said it was just like how reporters ask them questions on track during a race weekend and nothing too much.

Obviously, the inspiration is Drive to Survive and Martin Truex Jr probably knows that. But he admitted to not being a fan of the popular Formula One docu-series. In fact, the 43-year-old might be one of the few people involved in the world of motorsports today who has not seen the show as such.

When asked about Drive to Survive, the Joe Gibbs Racing driver simply said, “ I’ve never watched it. Never watched it. Don’t watch a lot of TV.”

This poses the question, will Truex watch it when the NASCAR version comes out or will he just remain indifferent? Either way, it’s not a good look for Netflix who are documenting the regular-season champion. But he is not the only one whose comments may be a bad look for the OTT giants.

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Former Cup Series champion slams Netflix over privacy concerns

2022 NASCAR Cup Series champion Joey Logano is not a fan of Netflix following him around everywhere and filming him in his private moments. The team Penske man made his view of the whole matter crystal clear and his comments would not be something that would make Netflix look good, not that Logano gives a toss.

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In an earlier interview on SiriusXM, Logano revealed that he found the idea of Netflix’s camera crew following him around everywhere “a little weird.”

“I don’t want them in my house and nowhere I live. Watch me brush my teeth in the morning, no! You can watch me go to work and we will do a couple of things with the family, that’s fine. But like, there’s gotta be a little bit of limitations here. It just seems a little weird,” he said.

“We don’t have editing rights. So what they get and what they use is completely up to them. And so, watch what you say, watch what you do. Because they can use it. And they can edit in a way that makes you look completely different,” the Team Penske man added.

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Despite what the drivers say, Netflix will do its thing and come out with its docu-series in 2024. NASCAR will hope that it has the same effect it had with Formula One and gain the sport some new fans which it needs desperately at this point.

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