Texas Motor Speedway’s ‘Big Hoss’ to receive Guinness certification as biggest in world

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“Big Hoss” is truly the biggest in the world. And don’t just take Texas Motor Speedway’s word for it.

The Guinness Book of World Records will certify TMS’s huge new video screen as the largest high-definition LED video board in the world prior to Sunday’s Duck Commander 500 Sprint Cup race.

Guinness Book of World Records adjudicator Philip Robertson will hand TMS president Eddie Gossage an official certificate indicating Big Hoss truly is the biggest hoss there is.

“The saying is, ‘Everything is bigger in Texas,’ but we’re going to have to change that to, ‘biggest,'” Gossage said in a press release. “The Guinness Book of World Records is an institution and they have deemed ‘Big Hoss TV’ to be the biggest in the world without any qualifiers. It is the ultimate fan amenity. Our fans deserve the best and there isn’t a stadium or an arena anywhere in the world that can top this screen.”

Built in less than four months, Big Hoss TV is due to officially be turned on and then certified at 12:15 pm CT, approximately two hours before the start of the race.

Located on the TMS backstretch, the 108-ton Big Hoss measures 20,633.64 square feet (about a half-acre), roughly 218 feet wide and 125 feet tall (including support structure).

By becoming Guinness-certified, TMS’s Big Hoss knocks the video board of fellow Speedway Motorsports Inc. track, Charlotte Motor Speedway, from biggest to second biggest (maybe they should now call CMS’s board “Little Hoss”).

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IndyCar’s season finale at St. Pete approved to have 20,000 fans

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The NTT IndyCar Series’ season finale will be permitted up to 20,000 fans, making the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg possibly the circuit’s most well-attended race of 2020. The race originally was scheduled as the season opener before being moved to Oct. 25 because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

IndyCar has enjoyed limited crowds at Road America, Iowa Speedway, Gateway, Mid-Ohio and this weekend’s doubleheader races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, which could have up to 10,000 fans in attendance. That had been the largest maximum grandstand crowd for an IndyCar race this season.

At a St. Petersburg city council meeting Thursday, Mayor Rick Kriseman approved plans by race organizers Green Savoree Racing Promotions to hold the Oct. 23-25 weekend for the IndyCar Grand Prix of St. Pete with 20,000 fans who would follow health and safety protocols that include mandatory temperature checks and masks.

 “My thanks to Green Savoree Racing Promotions and IndyCar for their flexibility and resilience during this challenging time,” Kriseman said in a release. “I know that everyone is excited to get back on the track in St. Pete. I can’t wait for Oct. 23rd. I know everyone will embrace this race the St. Pete way, adhering to the COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Let’s have some great racing in the Sunshine City.”

Paddock and the pit lane will remain closed to spectators, and social distancing of at least 6 feet will be observed on site.

“Our entire team greatly appreciates the patience and understanding of our ticket holders as we worked through this process with Mayor Kriseman, City Council and local health officials,” Kim Green, co-owner, chairman and CEO of Green Savoree Promotions. “It’s important for everyone who attends to read and follow all the COVID-19 protocols to contribute to a fun, safe and successful event for us all.”

“The ongoing guidance and support of Mayor Kriseman, City Council, and the City of St. Petersburg’s event team have been phenomenal,” said Kevin Savoree, co-owner, president and COO of Green Savoree Promotions. “We also would not be in this position to move this spring tradition to fall without Firestone’s unwavering commitment and dedication. It’s going to be a terrific weekend again in downtown St. Pete in three weeks featuring world-class racing from INDYCAR.”