Crossroads LED celebrates one year anniversary of Texas Motor Speedway illumination project
Owasso, Oklahoma – In June 2010, the Texas Motor Speedway installed a revolutionary new caution light system to benefit racing fans. The massive front stretch of the Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) now utilizes an extensive LED system, designed and manufactured by Crossroads LED, on the outside of its protective catch fence to provide the fans with an immediate and clear indication of when a caution period is occurring on track.
Stretching 3,750 feet and encompassing the front stretch of the race track from Turn 4 through Turn 1, the new caution lighting system incorporates 168 LED light bars. Each fence pole has an eight-foot amber LED module with another three-foot amber LED module mounted above it. The combined components, which comprise 5,544 LED's, are attached to 84 steel fence posts spaced 40 feet apart. With a total combined output of over 250,000 lumens, the output is impressive. “The first night we turned it on, the flicking and flashing amber glow could be seen from Interstate 35,” said Dana Stefanoff, President of Crossroads LED. “Someone saw our lights reflecting off the large suite windows that tower over the track and called the fire department,” Stefanoff continued. “The LED‟s were so bright they thought the Speedway was on fire.”
“This caution lighting system instantly alerts the fans down the entire length of our two thirds-of-a-mile long front grandstand,” Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage said. “This is revolutionary – a game changer – in the speedway business. This is for the fans and there is nothing like this in the sport. We want them to know that they get the latest, cutting edge, creative improvements when they come to “The Great American Speedway!”
The light system was produced by Crossroads LED, LLC and was their first-ever project for a race track. Crossroads LED, located in Collinsville, Okla., is an electronic engineering and manufacturing company that specializes in the solid-state lighting (LED) industry. The company provides innovative LED lighting solutions to the amusement park, entertainment and commercial lighting industries.
“The TMS arrays are software controlled and drive the LED‟s to generate various flashing and chasing patterns,” said Buddy Stefanoff, Vice President and Chief Design Engineer for Crossroads LED. “We designed the entire system specifically for the Texas Motor Speedway based on their desire to give racing fans something that no other speedway currently offers. This was indeed an exciting time for both of our companies. We listened to what TMS wanted for their fans and then designed the Advanced Cautioned Lighting System to meet their requirements. We were honored to partner with TMS to bring this new dimension in lighting for the racing fans.”
The system was installed June 2010 and debuted for the 2010 WinStar World Casino 400k NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race and the 2010 Firestone 550k IZOD IndyCar Series race, both of which were night races.
In October 2010, software upgrades to the Advanced Caution Lighting System were completed at the Texas Motor Speedway. The upgrades came at the request of Speedway officials who were looking to add additional chasing and flashing effects to their existing installation. “Our commitment to our customers is one of the reasons our customers continue to utilize our products,” said Dana Stefanoff. “We do not take orders and leave our customers after the product is delivered. We continually work with them and offer technical assistance to make sure that they have exactly the colors and effects that they want.” For Crossroads LED, customer satisfaction is a cornerstone of our corporate direction and success.
For more information on Crossroads LED and its variety of LED lighting solutions, visit their website at www.crossroadsled.com.
Buddy A. Stefanoff Crossroads LED, LLC 11213 N. Garnett Rd., Ste. C Owasso, OK 74055 Cell: 918-504-6595 Fax: 918-553-6444