With more than 8,000 fans in Texas Motor Speedway's infield for the free public event and a large contingent of VIP guests and dignitaries, "Big Hoss TV" built by Panasonic - which stretches 218 feet wide by 94.6 feet tall - lit up the North Texas sky as the behemoth HD video board finally came to life after more than four months of construction.
The official unveiling was part of a star-studded evening that included appearances by Duck Commander CEO and star of "Duck Dynasty" Willie Robertson and wife, Korie, along with the dynamic racing duo of NASCAR's Kyle Busch and INDYCAR's Helio Castroneves. Also in attendance were dignitaries such as NASCAR President Mike Helton, Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles, Panasonic Eco Solutions North America Vice President Richard Ballard, Speedway Motorsports, Inc. Chairman Bruton Smith, SMI President and COO Marcus Smith and Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price.
"I always love coming to Texas," Busch said. "This is the biggest crowd think I've ever seen for a TV debut. It's pretty awesome. That's why they say 'everything is bigger in Texas.'"
"My living room TV is 75 inches, so it's not a 2,844-inch TV, that's for sure," Busch said. "That's quite interesting to put into perspective with what you have in your house."
For Castroneves, who will get to see "Big Hoss TV" glow at night during the Firestone 600 Verizon IndyCar Series race on Saturday, June 7, the addition only adds to the excitement of "America's Original Nighttime IndyCar Race."
"We're going so fast down the backstretch that I don't know if I'll have time to look up, but I'm going to try to look at myself and see if my hair is in place," Castroneves joked.
Catch all of the NASCAR and INDYCAR action as well as "Big Hoss TV" by purchasing season tickets beginning as low as $270 through the Texas Motor Speedway ticket office at (817) 215-8500 or by visiting www.texasmotorspeedway.com. Individual tickets also are available through the ticket office and website.
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