NEWS & NOTES
FROM FORMULA 1 TO NASCAR? Stewart-Haas Racing has a direct relationship with Formula 1 these days — the team is a sister of and shares a North Carolina campus with part of the newly established Haas F1 Team — and one of the drivers told racing website Motorsport.com that he’d love to test a Sprint Cup car. Romain Grosjean, a Frenchman who finished a stunning sixth in the team’s debut two weeks ago in Australia, told the website that he sat in a Cup car while visiting the North Carolina shop over the winter. In the interview, Grosjean said he’d be open to testing and then potentially racing only a road course. Haas F1, owned by SHR co-owner Gene Haas, is the first American F1 team to compete in the series since 1986. Esteban Gutiérrez is Haas F1 Team’s other driver as it competes in its maiden season. BRISTOL BIG BOARD A project that looked more like dream than reality is coming to fruition at Bristol Motor Speedway. The track is adding a massive, four-sided video board structure that will hang above the infield. Its design involves huge cables hung over the grandstands from four points, connecting at a central halo-type structure that will hoist up screens that are 30 feet tall and 63 feet wide. The supporting structures outside the track have been erected and the cabling has been installed to hoist the halo structure. The display will be five times larger than screens formerly mounted to a nowdemolished infield pole structure (visible at right). Bristol will now have video boards not only for racing events but also for two college football games this fall at the speedway. The video screens are expected to be operational for April 17’s Food City 500.