What would you get if you mixed a grassroots America talent search with a dash of Michael Waltrip's gregarious personality and spread it liberally over NASCAR Nation? Answer: SPEED's super new talent show, Fast Track to Fame.
Fast Track to Fame is a wild, new talent show produced exclusively for SPEED by Stars Avenue Productions in conjunction with FiveBinks, Inc. David Hill and George Greenberg from Stars Avenue and Michael Binkow and Joe Revello from FiveBinks serve as Executive Producers.
Renowned NASCAR owner/driver Michael Waltrip, one of NASCAR's most out-going and popular personalities and younger brother of NASCAR on FOX lead race analyst Darrell Waltrip, is set to host. Charissa Thompson, well known for her work on FOX Sports and FSN, serves as co-host.
"With a massive SPEED presence at every NASCAR race all season long, Fast Track to Fame gives fans and viewers a whole new level of entertainment," said SPEED President Hunter Nickell said. "This project is all about NASCAR fans having a great time ... it's going to be a lot of fun."
Fast Track to Fame features real people from across NASCAR Nation including, singers, dancers, musicians, comedians and variety acts of all types! The series premieres Monday, March 1 at 8:00 PM ET, and each show is an hour-long with as many as six repeat airings during the following week. Each installment is taped at a stop along the NASCAR schedule from late February through May, and 11 shows are scheduled. After the premiere, the remaining scheduled telecast dates are: March 8, 22 & 29; April 12, 19 & 26; May 3, 24 & 31; and June 7, with all shows airing at 8:00 PM ET.
Acts are being solicited from NASCAR's legion of fans through local media in most of the locales where the show is taped and beyond, then auditioned by producers. Once acts are selected, eight to 10 per show, they'll square-off against each other on the SPEED Stage either Friday or Saturday night in front of a NASCAR fan audience and a panel of three judges representing the worlds of pop culture, entertainment and/or racing. Weekly winners receive a $5000 prize and compete during the two-show season finale, with 10 finalists going head-to-head to determine the ultimate winner. SPEED viewers may also have the chance to vote online for a "fan favorite" to compete in the grand finale episodes.