Pit Note 6: To the Winner Go The Spoils: Ernst Benz ChronoScope Watch, 41-Diamond Jostens Ring
The winner of Sunday's Bank of America ROVAL™ 400 will receive a king's ransom in rewards, not the least of which is advancement into Round 2 of the Playoffs - if said winner is a Playoff driver.
In addition to a remarkable Bank of America ROVAL™ 400 winner's trophy, additional prizes include a Manufacturer's Trophy to the winning car make, a William Wilson-designed winner's sport coat and a 41-diamond, 34-pennyweight Jostens ring - made in custom Black Shadowcast alloy to the winning driver. The ring's diamonds equal nearly one full carat and are centered by special-cut ruby and blue Sapphire stones making up the Speedway Motorsports globe on top of the ring.
Sunday's winning driver will also receive the first Racing Yellow Ernst Benz ChronoScope Instrument series watch, one of only 50 produced.
Inspired by founder Ernst Benz's original aircraft instrumentation, the Instrument series is the continual effort of Ernst Benz to tell the story of its founder and the company's trademark precision aviation instruments.
"If you win the race, you're No. 1, so you should receive No. 1," said Leonid Khankin, the managing creative director and owner of Ernst Benz. "Once we were invited to be the timekeeper of Charlotte Motor Speedway this year, we decided to use the speedway as the backdrop to our new instrument series. We launched one in the spring (given to Kyle Larson after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race) and now one for this weekend.
"We feel very honored to be the timekeeper of the speedway. There is no separation between timing for cars and wristwatches, as wristwatches were developed for pilots and race car drivers. We feel that it is so natural and organic. With a slogan like 'Precision instruments for timekeeping,' we kind of feel like this (partnership) was meant to be. It's a dream come true. After being at the All-Star Race and this weekend, Charlotte feels like a second home for us."