World's biggest HD screen used to play NASCAR racing game

You likely think that big 100-inch screen in your media room is the biggest you can get? Then check out the newly launched massive HD screen that's now operational at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC. The race track facility revealed the screen, installed on the backstretch between turns 2 and 3, by naturally playing a NASCAR PC game on it.

The screen is the world's largest HD display. It's 200 feet long and 80 feet tall and it weighs over 332 tons. It took 57 workers about 11,000 man hours to assemble and install the screen which was developed by Panasonic. The screen contains 158 separate panels and a total of nine million LED lamps. The screen was placed in its location to be seen by racing fans who are seated in the frontstretch of the speedway between Turns 4 and 1. The only drawback? The display can "only" go up to 720p resolution so no 1080p gaming on this screen. Even with that small caveat, the screen now surpasses the size of the previous world record holder which was installed at the Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, Texas. That screen is "only" 160 feet long and 72 feet high.

This week's launch of the new screen didn't stop NASCAR officials from using this massive display for some gaming. NASCAR racer and gamer Dale Earnhardt Jr. drove on a virtual track using the huge screen via the PC-based iRacing online simulation game. The screen will make its public debut on May 21 during the motor speedway's NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.

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That is Dale Earnhardt Jr Who is a avid gamer online (http://WWW.DMP-Trucks.com) I should know i used to run in that DMP league of his,He is also a BF2-BFBC2 ,COD 4 player So lay off the Nascar sucks it is only left ....He was probably asked to promote the screen for the Speedway to test it out.He has that 30 inch screen there in front of him where he is looking ,the Big huge screen is getting the images from the same feed the ALL Star race will hence the reason for the test.

Wait, if he's actually playing on what looks like a 16:9 monitor, WTF is the ratio on the big screen? Surley they don't run it in stretchyvision the whole time, unless they crop whatever feeds it during races. Either way that would drive me crazy.

Sorry, but he's not playing the game on that big screen. He's using the small monitor in front of him. The big screen is simply providing a view for everyone else within 50 miles.

Dan~ said,
The aspect ratio still looks wrong lol

Glad I'm not the only one who sees this.. it's bad enough when seeing other people's 32" TVs running in stretchyvision, but this induces serious OCD nerd-rage.

sgt.banjo said,
NASCAR is not a sport. There are only 2 sports, Hunting & Fishing anything else is just a game :-)
Sure. Like hunting and fishing take any real effort today either.

Try NOT using a gun, fishing pole, or bait. Good luck with that.

sgt.banjo said,
NASCAR is not a sport. There are only 2 sports, Hunting & Fishing anything else is just a game :-)
Says the man with "banjo" in his name...

BigCheese said,
9 million LEDs should be enough for 1080p resolution.

1920*1080 *3 = 6,220,800 sub-pixels

no its not,

each pixel consists of a minimum 2 RED, 2 GREEN, and 1 blue LED, and some even have a yellow LED for a 4th color depending on how good of color you want ... this screen ha a minimum 5 led's per pixel that alone is 4.6 million led's... this being an outdoor display it probably has 4 red, 3 green and 3 blue which comes out to 9 million led's

Teebor said,
Since nobody else has said it yet, Can it run Crysis?

Of course it can. It's just an output monitor after all. It'll run anything that's input into it.

JAGFin1 said,

Of course it can. It's just an output monitor after all. It'll run anything that's input into it.

Teebor said,
Since nobody else has said it yet, Can it run Crysis?

"I don't understand this form of internet humour so I'm going to reply seriously."

- JAGFin1, Jagjit Singh, ahhell

anyone else?

HoochieMamma said,
Put on a real game, not something that requires you to turn left and that's it!

Only people that know nothing about the sport comes up with "jokes" like these. I wish you knew what was all involved so you know how much of an idiot you sound like...

bguy_1986 said,

Only people that know nothing about the sport comes up with "jokes" like these. I wish you knew what was all involved so you know how much of an idiot you sound like...

I have watched enough to know you cannot possibly compare NASCAR to something like F1 or the MotoGP, those are actual sports. Not a massive circle for people to go left on.

bguy_1986 said,

Only people that know nothing about the sport comes up with "jokes" like these. I wish you knew what was all involved so you know how much of an idiot you sound like...

I did try to catch on the sport, but at the end a was in the middle of rednecks waiting for some car to catch on fire or a massive accident.
Sorry I'm sticking with F1, no way NASCAR match the complexity regarding engineering...but it's a matter of personal taste.

HoochieMamma said,
Put on a real game, not something that requires you to turn left and that's it!

They could turn round and only turn right.

bguy_1986 said,

Only people that know nothing about the sport comes up with "jokes" like these. I wish you knew what was all involved so you know how much of an idiot you sound like...

in this guys defense though, nascar, out of all the major motor racing pedigrees out there, is probably the one that is most dependent on the driver. all that next gen computer crap isn't allowed in nascar. it's all on the racer and all the cars in nascar are virtually the same. arguably the greatest race car driver ever schumacher even admitted that f1 isn't really about the drivers anymore and that is why f1 is pulling out a lot of the computer assists in the upcoming years because even they realize it's a problem.

but nascar is boring as **** though... watch the first and last five laps and you are set. everything in between is a bore fest.

Wow! Who wouldn't love to play his on-line games there? Can't imagine how would be playing "Bad Company 2" and being a pilot or in a Tank with analogous power speakers of course!

Is there a video too see it better? What Graphics Card(s) used to support that resolution?

Deo Domuique said,

Is there a video too see it better? What Graphics Card(s) used to support that resolution?

According to the article, it can only do 720p.

ahhell said,

Weaksauce.

You have any idea how hard it is to refresh that many led's in a matrix situation? and the lag it has if you would go higher resolution? 720p only has to worry about 921,600 pixels that's 2,764,800 if its used as RGB with single LED led's but this has 9 million led's! they use multiple LED's for each color that isn't blue due to intensity, thats a lot to control.... imagine the wattage! most of these have their own air conditioning system due to the heat they make