Saturday, January 30, 2010

New Addition to DIS Debuts This Weekend

For a NASCAR fan, watching the Rolex 24 at Daytona takes some getting used to. Not only has the famous speedway turned into a road course, but the cars are racing with rain, in the dark, with their headlights aglow. And there's lots of unfamiliar names scrolling across the leaderboard.

On top of all that, when the checkered flag finally flies, viewers will also spy a brand-new addition to DIS.
This week, the track debuted its newly installed, state-of-the-art flagstand, which is complete with a full-color LED display that will overlook the legendary tri-oval of the “World Center of Racing.”

The flagstand, made of structural steel and standing 22 feet tall from the race track, will see its first racing action beginning with this weekend’s Rolex 24 At Daytona GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series race and the Fresh From Florida 200 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge.

Other interesting statistics behind the flagstand:

· Approximately 60 square feet space at the top of flagstand for the starter

· Eighteen steps to climb to the top of flagstand

· The high resolution LED display is capable of showing race information, live video and replays as well as graphics and animations in 4.4 trillion colors.

· Impressive 49,920 pixel LED display that measures nearly four-feet tall and 22.5-feet wide.

· Two new light tubes featuring super-bright green, red and amber LEDs above the display will flash the flag colors and provide fans and drivers greater visibility of the racing conditions.

Photo info: DIS President Robin Braig, four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson and GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series champion Alex Gurney christening the new flagstand before Friday’s Fresh From Florida 200

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