Richmond International Raceway Breaks Ground For New Video Scoring Tower
Video Scoring Tower Will Be Ready For NASCAR Doubleheader Weekend April 30-May 1
Panasonic's Tony Viola (left), track president Doug Fritz (center) and NASCAR personality Hermie Sadler (right) break ground on Friday for a new video scoring tower in the infield.
Richmond International Raceway president Doug Fritz, Henrico County officials, NASCAR personality Hermie Sadler and representatives from Panasonic officially broke ground today for the new state-of-the-art video scoring tower which will soar above the infield of America’s Premier Short Track.
The “larger than life” tower will support four giant video screens high above the infield of America’s Premier Short Track beginning in 2010. The new leaderboard and video screens, which combined will be the largest in all of motorsports, will be visible from every seat in this modern-day coliseum and installed in time for the NASCAR Doubleheader weekend April 30-May 1.
“This is an exciting day for Richmond International Raceway and our fans,” said track president Doug Fritz. “The new video scoring tower marks a major upgrade and improvement to our facility and will enhance the overall guest experience at Richmond International Raceway.”
Designed by Panasonic, the entire structure will stand 153 feet tall and feature four LED (light-emitting diode) video screens at the peak. At 153-feet high, it will be the tallest in motorsports. Each enormous LED video screen will measure 38-feet wide by 24-feet high, and the four-sided design will provide spectacular views of video, including live race action, to fans in the grandstands at Richmond International Raceway. The LED video screens will display live race action, highlights and replays, pre-produced videos and other animations and graphics.
Below the video screens, a four-sided LED leaderboard will stretch 67-feet high by 13-feet wide and provide real-time running order, lap times, points standings, including the current Chase standings during “One Last Race to Make the Chase,” and other scoring functions during races.
Combined, the video leaderboard and video screen portions of the structure will feature the largest amount of LED square footage in the motorsports industry.
The new video scoring tower at Richmond International Raceway will stand more than 95 feet taller than the current scoring pylon, and the video screens alone will be over three times wider than the current pylon.
NASCAR returns to Richmond International Raceway for a doubleheader weekend, featuring the Crown Royal 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race “under the lights” on Saturday night May 1. Tickets, starting at $40, are on sale now and available by calling 866-455-RACE (7223) or clicking here. The Spring NASCAR Doubleheader weekend kicks off on Friday, April 30 with the NASCAR Nationwide Series 250.