Article first published as Charlotte Motor Speedway Unveils World’s Largest HD TV on Technorati.
Charlotte Motor Speedway has always set the gold standard in race promotions and providing the race fan with a first class motorsports experience. Fans pouring into CMS never knew what to expect whether it was a giant robotic dinosaur on the front stretch chomping its way through old cars, death-defying stunts, or something as simple as a wedding in the tri-oval, you always got a unique experience.
In the culmination of a monstrous fabrication effort by the folks at Panasonic, the speedway has installed the world’s largest HDTV along the backstretch. The project took more than 11,000 man hours across four months to complete fabrication of the 332 ton giant. Its 200 by 80 feet dimensions dwarf the highly touted Jumbotron at Texas Stadium. Eat your heart out, Jerry Jones.
Earlier this week Marcus Smith, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway, invited Dale Earnhardt Jr., an avid video gamer, to come out for the unveiling and show off his skills on the giant HDTV. For its operational debut, Smith and Earnhardt Jr. used an oversized remote to power on the big screen and reveal a highlight video of past racing action at the Speedway.
“Charlotte sets the standard for the rest of the tracks,” said Earnhardt Jr. “They always do things first and do things the biggest and look, here we are today with another first from them. Charlotte holds a special place in a lot of drivers’ hearts, mine included and the big TV makes this place even more special.
“The Coca-Cola 600 is one of the best events we have all year long. Now fans can get a ticket to the race and have the experience of the live event with the comfort of their own TV at home with this big TV,” Earnhardt Jr. continued. “This place just keeps getting better.”
The public debut of the world’s largest HDTV will take place May 21 under the lights during the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. The screen is centered along the backstretch between Turns 2 and 3, across from the start/finish line. Fans seated throughout the frontstretch from Turn 4 to Turn 1 will have clear viewing angles of instant replays, leaderboard updates and interactive entertainment displayed in clear 720P high-definition visuals.
Frontstretch tickets with the best views of the world’s largest HDTV start at just $49 for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race on May 21. Fans can also purchase two frontstretch tickets for just $99 to the Coca-Cola 600 on May 29.