Don't let the title of the show sway you. You don't have to be a NASCAR Fan or even a gear head in order to enjoy this show. I sure wasn't and managed I fall in love with it because of the characterization, racing sequences and quality voice acting.
The concept for this show combined the intensity of NASCAR, the spectacle of WWE and the science of VR Troopers. You mix it all together and it turned out to be everything that Power Rangers Turbo should have been. First off, I was impressed with the level of depth that the characters were embeted with as well as the self-destructed behaviors that they struggled with.
For Example, one of the racers for Team Fastex, Steve "Flyer" Sharp, was veteran from the Air Force who struggled with PTSD (or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). It was eye-opening watching this as a ten year old, to this character struggle with it.
My favorite character from the show was Megan "Spitfire" Fassler. She drives for Team Fastex which is owned by her Father Jack Fassler. It was the first time that I developed a crush a cartoon character. It's almost like the creators combined the hotness of Scarlett from G.I. Joe with the hotness of Marian Martin from the Double Dragon. The fact that she was a genius engineer didn't hurt either. She had one of the most interesting arcs of the entire series. Some of them delved on loneliness to identity crisis to independence.
I know that some of the nicknames that drivers had such as "Flyer" or "Spitfire" seem cheesy to some, but to me, Those nicknames encased what they're passions were. In turn, it helped the characters seem larger than life.
The Second thing a loved about this show are the action/racing sequences. I felt that the show found a nice harmony between The level of CG that was used in the racing sequences as well as the hand drawn animation for the characters. It highlighted the Science Fiction part of the cartoon and convinced me to see Auto racing as a window into the future as opposed to just fast cars turning left.
The Third and the most memorable quality of this show are the experienced Voice Actors such as Kathleen Barr (ReBoot, Double Dragon), Ian James Corlett (Double Dragon, Beast Wars) and Scott McNeil. Since they had worked on previous projects together, they seemed to have brought that experience to this show. A lot of the voice actors went on to work on an anime called Oban Star-Racers. Check it out on NETFLIX.
Theme song for this show easily gets stuck in your head. I wish they would release the soundtrack for it, but they never did.
The show so far has been released on two VHS Tapes. I love the theme song for this show. From the evidence I just presented, I felt that NASCAR Racers wasn't just a 30 minute Toy Commercial, that it's main goal was to entertain the audience and envelope them into a good running plot. For those who haven't seen it, I highly recommend you check it out.moreless