After nearly seven decades of automotive racing, historic Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, VA is set to flip the switch. International Speedway Corporation announced that it will commit $5 million to equip the track with LED lighting, making it the first major motorsports facility to do so.
The lights, which will begin installation following this year’s Goody’s Fast Relief 500 on October 30 and are scheduled to be in place by January 2017, represent the largest capital investment by ISC 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.”
The project, dubbed “Light Up Martinsville,” will see the installation of 750 Eaton Ephesus LED sports lights in multiple structures located around the perimeter of the facility and the infield of the track. “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. Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the No. 88 Chevrolet SS for Hendrick Motorsports, was at Martinsville to help unveil the project. “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, distributor of electrical and communications products and services, will oversee the installation. “We’re proud to be a part of this historic project,” said Bill Mansfield, Graybar senior vice president, sales and marketing. “We can’t wait to ‘Light Up Martinsville.’”