NEWS & NOTES

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS -

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.

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