Archive for July 28, 2015

IndyCar LED Scoring lights installation -- Image by John Cote

IndyCar LED Scoring lights installation — Image by John Cote for IndyCar

INDIANAPOLIS (July 23, 2015)- INDYCAR announced today the introduction of new technology that will track each Verizon IndyCar Series car’s running position and display it in real time via light emitting diode (LED) panels on the side of each racecar. The LED panels have been tested multiple times this season and will be implemented in time for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio on Aug. 2.

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“INDYCAR is committed to implementing new technology into the Verizon IndyCar Series and this project was about how we can to enhance the at-track experience for fans at our events and allow them to understand more of what’s going on,” said Derrick Walker, INDYCAR President of Competition and Operations. “If you’re not in the line of sight of a video screen or a scoring pylon, it’s sometimes hard to know who’s doing what on the racetrack. It was a natural to do the numbering system and we’re confident this will help get our fans more engaged at the track.”

The panels will feature multiple colors to display pit stop time and when an entry’s push-to-pass is active.

The 8-inch-wide by 7-inch-tall LED panels, which are only 3 millimeters thick, will be attached to either side of the airbox (below the cockpit camera mount) on each chassis. The system was first tested in mid-April at Barber Motorsports Park.

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Running order will be updated as the car crosses each of the INDYCAR Timing & Scoring timelines embedded around racetracks. Track position in other motorsports series that employ a similar system is updated only at the start/finish line.

Red is the primary color to display running order. Green will be used for a running clock while a car is in its pit box, and a flashing green “PP” will indicate when push to pass is active. Brightness of the LEDs will be modulated to fit daylight and night events.

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INDIANAPOLIS (July 28, 2015) – Sherwin-Williams, an industry leader in paint and coatings, will serve as the Official Paint and Finishing Partner of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, INDYCAR, the Verizon IndyCar Series, Indianapolis 500 Mile Race, Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Crown Royal 400 at the Brickyard as part of a multi-year partnership agreement.

“Sherwin-Williams is extremely excited for this new relationship with INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway,” said Bobby Moody, Director of Motorsports, Sherwin-Williams. “We’re looking forward to everything this new partnership entails, including celebrating the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 next May.”

The company will have branding integrated into IMS during its spotlight events in the Month of May, including the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race and the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis; as well as inclusion from a paint and finishing perspective, in Project 100, the collaboration between the Indiana state government and the Indiana Motorsports Commission creating a $100 million bond issue to raise money for improvements to IMS.

Full-time teams in the Verizon IndyCar Series have the opportunity to use paint and finishing products under terms of the agreement. Sherwin-Williams will also offer unique customer experiences to enhance business-to-business programs.

“We’re extremely proud to announce this partnership with Sherwin-Williams and confident it will be a tremendous asset for both the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and INDYCAR,” said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Company, the parent of INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “Sherwin-Williams’ support of both brands, in addition to many of our events at IMS, is obviously valuable – but we’re also very excited for the opportunity to integrate their paint and finishing products into the facility itself, including many projects we have planned for Project 100. We look forward to a very successful partnership and are thankful to Sherwin-Williams for the support.”

About SherwinWilliams:

For nearly 150 years, Sherwin-Williams has been an industry leader in the development of technologically advanced paint and coatings. As the nation’s largest specialty retailer of paint and painting supplies, Sherwin-Williams is dedicated to supporting both do-it-yourselfers and painting professionals with exceptional and exclusive products, resources to make confident color selections and expert, personalized service at its more than 4,000 neighborhood stores across North America. Sherwin-Williams has been ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction among Paint Retailers, Three Years in a Row” in the J.D. Power 2015 Paint Satisfaction StudySM. For more information, visit Sherwin-Williams.com – Join Sherwin-Williams on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Tumblr.

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