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Start Your Engines: Speed Greenlights 'Fast Track to Fame'

by Jane Murphy, posted Feb 22nd 2010 12:30PM
When we first heard about 'Fast Track to Fame,' the Speed Channel's new search for undiscovered talent, we thought Sunday drivers might get a chance to compete at the Brickyard.

But Fast Track isn't for NASCAR wannabes. According to Broadcasting & Cable, this Asphalt 'Idol' will apparently search for the best singers, dancers, comedians and other undiscovered talents living in various NASCAR towns.

'Fast Track' -- which will debut Mar. 1at 9PM ET -- is the brainchild of Michael Waltrip, one half of the superstar racing Waltrip brothers (his older sibling, Darrell, voiced Darrell Cartrip in Pixar's Oscar-nominated movie 'Cars').When we first heard about 'Fast Track to Fame,' the Speed Channel's new search for undiscovered talent, we thought Sunday drivers might get a chance to compete at the Brickyard.

But 'Fast Track' isn't for NASCAR wannabes. According to Broadcasting & Cable, this asphalt 'Idol' will apparently search for the best singers, dancers, comedians and other undiscovered talents living in various NASCAR towns.

'Fast Track' -- which will debut March 1at 9PM ET -- is the brainchild of Michael Waltrip, one half of the superstar racing Waltrip brothers (his older sibling, Darrell, voiced Darrell Cartrip in Pixar's Oscar-nominated movie 'Cars').

"I know there's a lot of hidden talent in NASCAR Nation," Michael Waltrip told Broadcasting & Cable, "and we're going to find it and have a blast while we do."

The hour-long 'Fast Track' has a 10-week commitment from Speed.

The show will be co-hosted by sportscaster and blogger Charissa Thompson, who is no stranger to reality shows. She previously made hosting appearances on 'Shaq Vs.' and 'Toughest Cowboy.'

Judges for the contest will include racing enthusiast and 'Rock of Love' vet Riki Rachtman, talent manager Kathy L. Carter and a rotating third judge from the NASCAR scene. Danica Patrick, anyone?

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