“NASCAR: Full Speed,” a new Netflix streaming series, aims to capture the same kind of attention that Formula One’s “Drive to Survive” did four years ago. The show will premiere on January 30, the Tuesday before the Los Angeles Coliseum’s playoff series resumes. A one-minute trailer was recently released.
The five-part series was announced last summer by executive producer Dale Earnhardt Jr. It follows nine drivers as they compete for the Driver’s Championship in the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series playoffs in 45-minute segments.
Ryan Blaney, William Byron, Ross Chastain, Denny Hamlin, Bubba Wallace, Kyle Larson, Christopher Bell, Joey Logano, and Tyler Reddick round out the driver lineup. According to Netflix, the episodes are already finished.
“Drive to Survive” has been chastised for being too Hollywood and not enough about racing. Nonetheless, it has been a huge success among F1 fans, even attracting a new audience to the sport. The sixth season of that show was recently renewed.
The new production is not the first time NASCAR has appeared on Netflix, following the release of a limited series titled “RACE: Bubba Wallace,” which chronicled Darrell ‘Bubba’ Wallace’s 2020 and 2021 seasons as the sport’s only Black driver.