World's largest LED HDTV screen unveiled by Panasonic at Charlotte Motor Speedway

May 28, 2011
Charlotte, NC--The ultimate in digital signage was just unveiled by Panasonic at the Charlotte Motor Speedway: a 200 ft. long x 80 ft. tall video screen composed of nine million LEDs.

Charlotte, NC--The ultimate in digital signage was just unveiled by Panasonic at the Charlotte Motor Speedway: a 200-foot wide, 80-foot tall HD video board composed of millions of light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Dale Earnhardt Jr. was on hand to unveil what's being called the world's largest high-definition video board. The racing legend then took the screen out for a spinliterally. He did a few "virtual laps" using the iRacing simulation program. The event marked the end of the project, which took up to 57 workers a day, more than 11,000 man hours, and more than four months total. The 332-and-a-half-ton structure contains 158 panels and nine million LED lamps. It will be used during select events at Charlotte Motor 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 720p HD video board made its public debut on May 21 at the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. The screen is located along the backstretch between Turns 2 and 3, across from the start/finish line.

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Gail has more than 30 years of engineering, marketing, product management, and editorial experience in the photonics and optical communications industry. Before joining the staff at Laser Focus World in 2004, she held many product management and product marketing roles in the fiber-optics industry, most notably at Hughes (El Segundo, CA), GTE Labs (Waltham, MA), Corning (Corning, NY), Photon Kinetics (Beaverton, OR), and Newport Corporation (Irvine, CA). During her marketing career, Gail published articles in WDM Solutions and Sensors magazine and traveled internationally to conduct product and sales training. Gail received her BS degree in physics, with an emphasis in optics, from San Diego State University in San Diego, CA in May 1986.

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