Bank of America 500 Pit Note #11
Not Your Daddy's Big Screen - Because he’s never satisfied with anything less than too much, Speedway Motorsports Chairman Bruton Smith has partnered with Panasonic to build the world’s largest high-definition video board at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Construction of the new video board, to be situated on the backstretch, will begin after this weekend’s Bank of America 500 and is expected to be completed by April 2011. More than nine million LED lamps will illuminate the 200-foot-wide, 80-foot-tall video board, which will provide clear viewing angles for fans seated along the front stretch.
Fans have one more day to help name the giant video board. To submit suggestions, fans should follow Charlotte Motor Speedway on Twitter at @CLTMotorSpdwy and send a tweet with their best names. Winners will receive a VIP experience for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race May 21, 2011. The contest ends at noon EDT Oct. 16.
Danica Patrick Confirms Four Races for 2011 - Danica Patrick and JR Motorsports announced Friday at Charlotte Motor Speedway that Patrick will run the first four races of the 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series in the No. 7 Godaddy.com car. The four tracks she’ll compete at are Daytona, Phoenix, Vegas and Bristol.
JR Motorsports Co-Owner Kelley Earnhardt said Patrick could compete in up to 10 additional Nationwide events, depending on the final IndyCar Series schedule, which has not been finalized. The No. 7 car will run the full season, with Patrick splitting the driving duties with Dale Earnhardt Jr. and a driver to be named later.
“When the IndyCar schedule gets locked down, then we’ll be able to make some decisions on the rest of it,” Patrick said. “But it will be similar to what we did this year.”
Patrick remained quiet about what her future could hold beyond 2011.
“It depends on the opportunities – where I could run, what’s happening with JR Motorsports, what’s happening on the sponsor side,” Patrick said. “There’s also the opportunity that if something doesn’t come together I could run IndyCar.”