The seven-decade-old Martinsville Speedway will soon be getting LED lighting. The International Speedway Corporation announced that it would commit $5 million to equip the track with LED lighting. That will make the Speedway the first major motorsports facility with LEDs
The lights, which are scheduled to begin installation following this year’s Goody’s® Fast Relief 500 on October 30 are expected to be in place by January 2017. The new LED lights are ISC’s largest capital investment into Martinsville to date.
“Bringing lights to Martinsville Speedway is something that has been a priority for us,” said ISC President John Saunders. “But just like Martinsville, we wanted the lights for this project to be unique. They had to be of the highest-quality for both the competitors and the fans.”
During the project, dubbed “Light Up Martinsville,” the speedway will install an LED lighting solution from Eaton’s Ephesus lighting. The LED luminaires are expected to provide better illumination, improved efficiency, and Ephesus says they enable more flexibility than traditional metal halide system that it will replace.
In addition to improving the fan experience at Martinsville Speedway, Ephesus contends that its LED lighting will also improve the quality of the broadcast for fans watching at home. The planned LED lighting solution will consist of multiple structures positioned around the facility perimeter and the infield of the track. The lighting solution will consist primarily of Ephesus 750 LED professional sports lights.
“To be able to light this track up when the sun goes down, that’s going to be something truly special,” said Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell. “Our fans have told us that they want lighting. We’re pleased to provide them with another amenity which will ensure Martinsville continues to be one of the premier destinations in motorsports.”
Dale Earnhardt Jr., the driver of the No. 88 Chevrolet SS for Hendrick Motorsports, was at Martinsville to help announce the project plan.
“As a driver, I always get excited about coming to Martinsville,” said Earnhardt. “Adding lights to the track will only add to its legacy.”
Graybar, a distributor of electrical and communications products and services, will oversee the installation of Eaton’s Ephesus Stadium 750 LED professional sports lights at Martinsville.
“We’re proud to be a part of this historic project,” said Bill Mansfield, Graybar Senior Vice President, Sales, and Marketing. “When you combine Graybar’s services along with the products from Eaton’s Ephesus lighting business, this project will create the best lighting for the best drivers and fans in the world. We can’t wait to ‘Light Up Martinsville.’”