Indianapolis Motor Speedway is replacing all of its jumbo TV screens with larger high definition versions in time for the Grand Prix of Indianapolis and the Indy 500.
The newly-installed units are located throughout the infield and in front of the grandstands of the iconic 2.5-mile oval, giving 98% of ticket holders a clear view of the action. The 20 LED video boards have been supplied by Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Company. As well as being considerably larger than previous displays, the new screens will be brighter, have more accurate color imagery and are capable of broadcasting HD animation, graphics and video.
In Turns 1 and 4 and above Gasoline Alley, the displays are more than three and a half times the size of the previous boards, with the displays at Turns 1 and 4 each exceeding 2,200 total square feet. The boards positioned above the Media Center and at the south end of the Gasoline Alley Suites are more than four times larger, with each having a total display area greater than 600 square feet.
"The imaging clarity and technology powering the new video displays, in addition to enhanced content delivery, will allow our fans to truly feel the energy on the track," Indianapolis Motor Speedway president J. Douglas Boles said.
It is not the first time Panasonic has been involved at the Speedway. Last year it erected a new 92-foot-tall scoring pylon on the front straightaway, featuring HD LED panels on all four sides, providing vastly improved information and messaging for fans. It is also the new naming rights sponsor of the famous Pagoda building located on the start-finish line.
Watch Doug Boles explain the new screens below: