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"Big Hoss" TV at Texas Motor Speedway Gets Even Bigger With New Upgrades


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“Big Hoss,” the world’s largest TV and Guinness World Record holder that towers over the backstretch of Texas Motor Speedway, is about to get even bigger.

Texas Motor Speedway will expand the Panasonic-built “Big Hoss” with an additional 2,071 square feet on the lower portion of the behemoth to construct a ribbon-style, high-definition scoreboard for fans to follow the lap count, running order and more for its NASCAR and INDYCAR events. The scoreboard, which has 16 mm pixel resolution as a surface-mounted diode compared to Big Hoss’ 20 mm as a discrete LED, also will have the ability to be utilized for advertising opportunities, graphics, race statistics, video, advertising and even social media.

The scoreboard, which will be 9½ feet high and 218 feet in length, will increase the total viewing experience of “Big Hoss” to 22,704.64 square feet or nearly a half acre.

Comparably, the video board at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the Speedway Motorsports, Inc. sister track to TMS, measures 16,000 square feet and the one at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys in nearby Arlington, is at 11,520 sf.

The scoreboard is being built as a technological advancement to the traditional electronic scoring pylons used at speedways, including at Texas Motor Speedway where the 110-foot tall scoring pylons situated in Turns 1 and 4 will be removed.

Texas Motor Speedway will task Panasonic once again for the component upgrade to “Big Hoss,” which the company built in four months and completed in March of 2014. The scoreboard will be built where the Texas Motor Speedway branding currently is located on the lower portion of the 12-story high TV on the backstretch. The speedway signage will be relocated to the top of the board.

The project, slated to begin following this weekend’s Firestone 600 INDYCAR/NASCAR doubleheader weekend, is expected to take three weeks to complete and the scoreboard will debut at the AAA Texas 500 NASCAR tripleheader set for Nov. 3-6.

“Big Hoss” features a selection of 19 different video cameras spread across the 1.5-mile speedway to captivate fans with instant replays, latest driver and race stats, interactive entertainment, and more. It also boasts a 140-degree horizontal viewing radius, which translates into a crystal-clear picture from any of the 128,655 seats along the frontstretch.

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