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January 10, 2024

First look: NASCAR Netflix docuseries releases teaser video, announces premiere date

Get ready to race.

Netflix, NASCAR Studios, and the production studio Words + Pictures announced Wednesday the release date of Netflix’s newest sports docuseries, NASCAR: Full Speed, which revolves around the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series playoffs.

The show — set to premiere Jan. 30 — follows the 16 playoff drivers as they all fight for the NASCAR Cup Series championship, both on and off the track. The show will be comprised of five 45-minute episodes featuring exclusive access to the drivers and teams.

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Headlined by drivers such as Ryan Blaney, Denny Hamlin, William Byron, Ross Chastain and Tyler Reddick, the show will bring fans behind the scenes, exploring the physical and emotional challenges of competing for a championship at the top level of stock car racing.

“NASCAR has kicked down the door to an entirely new era recently — with new tracks, cars, team owners, and stars combining to deliver some of the best competition the sport has ever seen,” NASCAR Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Officer Tim Clark said. “Now is the perfect time to introduce people to the characters, competition and chaos that make NASCAR so compelling while still giving our most passionate fans plenty of new insights into their favorite teams and drivers.”

Helping to steer things for the docuseries is NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt Jr., one of the program’s executive producers, himself a former NASCAR Playoffs competitor.

“The intensity of the elimination format in the NASCAR Playoffs is unlike anything else in motorsports,” Earnhardt Jr. told PEOPLE.

Connor Schell, executive producer and CEO of Words + Pictures, added that the “playoffs provide the perfect dramatic backdrop to tell a story filled with tons of tension and unforgettable characters. … After spending the last several months embedded with these drivers on and off the track … (he) can’t wait to bring both core and casual fans deep inside this incredible world.”