Spike TV to air new 'Reality Racing' stockcar reality racing series
By Christopher Rocchio, 12/29/2006
If there's one thing that's rivaled the popularity of reality television in recent years, it's stockcar racing. Now the two will be combined in Reality Racing - The Rookie Challenge, a new reality series that is scheduled to premiere on Spike TV in May 2007.
Reality Racing, Inc. recently announced that the company signed contracts with Network Enterprises, Inc, a subsidiary of Viacom, to air thirteen one-hour episodes for the series, which will feature 15 amateur drivers competing on and off the track for a top prize that includes $750,000, a contract with a professional racing team and a gold championship ring.
"This is exactly the network and deal we were looking to sign from the beginning," said Reality Racing, Inc. President Lee F. Schaefer. "Spike TV is a hot network and we're pleased to be on their spring schedule."
The contestant search for Reality Racing: The Rookie Challenge was just completed at an undisclosed track in Cincinnati, OH, where 200 finalists from a field of 15,000 applicants who applied for the series raced for a spot as one of the show's 15 competitors. Filming for the series is scheduled to begin in January, as contestants will be mentored and judged by some of stockcar racing's biggest legends, such as Bobby and Connie Allison, Cale Yarborough, Rusty Wallace, Junior Johnson and Glenn Allen, Jr. Other than watching rookie drivers cut their chops on the track, viewers will also receive an insider's look into the world of stockcar racing, which includes the extreme risks and challenges facing those behind the wheel.
Reality Racing: The Rookie Challenge is currently scheduled to premiere on Spike TV on Saturday, May 19 at 9AM ET/PT.