Mooresville, NC – Ilmor and Edelbrock have joined the Superstar Racing Experience as official parts suppliers.
The six-race short-track series airing this summer on Saturday nights in primetime on CBS features purpose-built race cars designed by NASCAR Hall of Fame crew chief and team owner Ray Evernham. Each will be powered by Il mor’s 396 engine, a 700-horsepower V8 with 530 ft-lbs of torque. Inside the engine is Edelbrock Group’s COMP Cams valvetrain components and Edelbrock water pump, timing cover and ignition coils.
“The engine is the heart of any race car, and the Ilmor 396 with Edelbrock Group components is the heart of the SRX race car,” Evernham said. “Performance was obviously important, but so was reliability and equality. SRX is about the drivers and who can make this race car work the best for them. The combined technologies of Ilmor and Edelbrock Group ensure that the drivers are the ‘X’ factor in SRX.”
Ilmor has been making horsepower since 1983 when two engineers – Mario Illien and Paul Morgan – designed and built an innovative turbocharged engine for IndyCar that would dominate the series. Ilmor’s success in IndyCar expanded to championships in Formula One, ARCA and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Ilmor also took to the water, powering multiple P1 World Championship boats and a thriving marine engine division.
“We are truly excited to contribute to the success of SRX and to be collaborating with Edelbrock,” said Paul Ray, President of Ilmor Engineering. “This series, which showcases the talents of so many celebrated drivers spanning the spectrum of motorsports, aligns perfectly with Ilmor’s 35-year history of providing power to many of the world’s greatest drivers.”
Edelbrock’s history dates back to 1938 when company founder Vic Edelbrock Sr. wanted to better the performance of his 1932 Ford Roadster so he designed a new intake manifold. Today, Edelbrock designs, manufactures and distributes performance parts for the entire automotive aftermarket.
“We’re thrilled to be a part of SRX,” said Chris Douglas, Chief Commercial Officer of the Edelbrock Group. “The unique format of SRX is sure to bring added excitement and new fans to the sport of auto racing. The diversity of the racers with their unique backgrounds and personalities, coupled with fast and powerful cars, will provide ‘must watch’ events. The Edelbrock Group’s racing heritage of speed and performance made SRX a perfect fit, and we’re certain our partners and customers will be excited about our participation.”
SRX features sprint races with drivers from a variety of motorsports backgrounds competing in identically prepared race cars on a variety of tracks, including pavement and dirt. The SRX driver lineup currently includes Tony Stewart, Tony Kanaan, Paul Tracy, Bobby Labonte, Willy T. Ribbs, Bill Elliot, Ernie Francis Jr., Marco Andretti, Helio Castroneves and Michael Waltrip.
SRX debuts June 12 at Stafford Motor Speedway in Connecticut. After Stafford, SRX visits back-to-back dirt tracks at Knoxville Raceway in Iowa on June 19 and Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, on June 26. SRX returns to pavement July 3 at Lucas Oil Raceway near Indianapolis and then ventures north to Slinger Speedway in Wisconsin on July 10. SRX’s inaugural season culminates on July 17 at the iconic Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway in Tennessee.
SRX will re-ignite the passion of the die-hard motorsports fan and reintroduce racing to a whole new generation.
Featuring an unprecedented line-up of all-star drivers and crews, this supercharged spectacle is hellbent on recapturing the glory days of racing and getting things back on track. Big engines, bigger personalities, and big-time drama and intensity irresistible. This will be the most exhilarating racing on the planet. For more information about SRX, visit srxracing.com.