Netflix’s five-part documentary, which followed several star drivers throughout the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series playoffs, is out and the verdict is in — it’s definitely worth watching.
I’ve closely followed both F1 and NASCAR for most of my life, so I was curious as to how stock car racing’s answer to Drive to Survive would portray the sport.
I’m sure comparisons will be made between the two.
While it isn’t a carbon copy of DTS, is certainly follows a similar format in showcasing the lives of the drivers and their weekend battles out on track. But will it have the same impact?
What I hoped to see going into it
As an American, the uptick in US interest around Formula 1 after Drive to Survive arrived on Netflix has been stunning to me.
People in my life who never cared about motorsports now want to talk about F1.
I am sincerely hoping that the streaming service can do the same for NASCAR, introducing stock car racing in a way that appeals to a larger audience, while also shattering some of the stereotypes that are attached to it.
NASCAR remains king in viewership among US-based racing fans, but the younger demographic is one the sport is desperately chasing.