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NASCAR, NBCU hit pause on plans for docuseries

By Adam Stern

NASCAR and NBCUniversal have delayed their plans for an unscripted docuseries around the sport, the sanctioning body confirmed to SBJ, but they aim to resume filming in early ’22. Plans were originally announced for there to be an eight-episode docuseries that would be based around this year’s playoffs and debut next year on USA Network. However, with the Delta variant wave, and rising worries from some drivers in recent weeks after an unvaccinated driver had to miss a race due to a close contact getting COVID, sources said the sides decided to halt filming until early next year. Teams and drivers were recently informed of the move, and NASCAR confirmed it to SBJ Friday.

Motorsports series are increasingly eyeing unscripted docuseries amid the increasing popularity of F1’s “Drive to Survive” series on Netflix, which is now filming for its fourth season that will debut next year. IndyCar is also in talks to land such a project, and NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace has been filming this season for a Netflix documentary focused on him specifically.

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