Talladega Superspeedway is upgrading its video screen arsenal for the upcoming GEICO 500 and Winn-Dixie 300 weekend, May 1-3. Some of the Sprint Vision digital high-definition video screens that line the front straightaway have increased in size, with some becoming permanent structures.
Introduced at Talladega a year ago as part of an International Speedway Corporation initiative, the large video boards will feature screens that are bigger, brighter, crisper and clearer. In addition to the five screens on the frontstretch, a single video screen will be placed along the Alabama Gang Superstretch.
Two of the video boards will measure a mammoth 40’ x 80’, and will be permanently installed behind pit road in the tri-oval area. One of them will reside atop Gatorade Victory Lane, with the other in front of the Media Center. The other permanent structure will be a 26’ x 52’ video board located at the exit of Turn Four near the Care Center. Other locations include the Start/Finish Line (26’x ’52), Turn One (18’ x 33’) and with the Alabama Gang Superstretch (20’ x 27’).
Both the 40’ x 80’ video screens have 5,120,000,000 LED Pixels (X7mm HD) and weigh 28,000 pounds. The 26’x52’ structures have 1,263,600,000 LED Pixels (X10mm HD) and weigh-in at 16,000 pounds each.
“There is nothing like watching a race at Talladega in person,” said Talladega Superspeedway Chairman Grant Lynch. “With our new and improved video boards, fans can now get the best of both worlds with an incredible, up-close view of all the happenings on the track no matter where the action is taking place. Couple this with our 21- and 22-inch comfortable fold-back seating in our grandstands, it makes for a weekend like no other."