SRX Series Adds More Familiar Names To 2023 Lineups; Tony Kanaan To Run Stafford, Thunder Road 

SRX Series drivers Tony Kanaan (left) and Paul Tracy (right) share some laughs before a practice at Stafford Speedway in June 2021 (Photo: Shawn Courchesne/RaceDayCT)

The champion is back to defend his title with the SRX Series in 2023. 

Marco Andretti, the 2022 SRX Series champion, was one of three drivers announced Tuesday returning to the series for a full-time effort in 2023. 

Andretti ran full-time with the series in both 2021 and 2022. He had one win in 2021. On the strength of three podium finishes in six starts, he won the 2023 SRX Series championship. 

Fellow IndyCar veterans Paul Tracy and Ryan Hunter-Reay were also announced as returning full-timers to the series. Tracy has run full-time in both seasons of the SRX. Hunter-Reay ran the 2022 season. 

It was also announced Tuesday that former Indianapolis 500 winner and fan favorite Tony Kanaan will return to SRX in a part-time role. Kanaan ran four of six SRX events in 2021 and five of six last season. Kanaan will run events in 2023 at Stafford Speedway (July 13), Thunder Road Speedbowl in Barre, Vt (July 20) and Eldora Speedway in New Weston, Oh. (Aug. 10). 

It was also announced Tuesday that Josef Newgarden will run the SRX Series event at Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Va. on July 27. 

The 2023 season will see the SRX Series events move from Saturday nights to Thursday nights. Events will be broadcast last for six consecutive Thursday’s on ESPN under the Thursday Night Thunder branding.

The 2023 SRX season kicks off at Stafford Speedway. It will mark the third consecutive year the series has run at Stafford. The division is making its first appearance at Thunder Road Speedbowl in Barre, VT. Other venues include Motor Mile, Berlin Raceway in Grand Rapids, Mich. (Aug. 3), Eldora Speedway and Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo. (Aug. 17).


  1. Add Robby Gordon to the mix if you want to see some fun. Went to the first two shows, a good time. Thursday night is a potential deal breaker as it’s a work night for most. Has Stafford indicated a support division? The SK’s have done the last two.

  2. Suitcase Jake says

    The Thursday Night Thunder may just have saved the SRX ….
    More people that are racers and race fans are Home to watch on
    Thursdays… On Saturdays most Racers & Fans are at their Local Tracks…
    Simple math…I am not a big fan of this series but will watch on Thursdays…
    would not watch on Saturdays… Good move , makes sense ….

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