Like Daytona, Talladega Speedway is a superspeedway over two miles in length. The longest track on the NASCAR circuit, Talladega is 2.66 miles around and has a banking in the turns of 33 degrees.
NASCAR is a unique sport in that it lets the fans get “up close and personal” with members of the sport. Fans can park their RV’s in the same area as the racers, set up viewing spots in the infield, and even catch drivers on the way to their cars for an autograph.
On July 26 the International Speedway Corporation announced that it will be launching a major renovation project in the infield at Talladega Speedway. “Transformation” is a $50 million project will include a “one-of-a-kind” Garage Fan Zone for fans, sponsors, and teams.
The Infield Project features a new Monster Energy Cup Series garage that will include a fan walkway and an open air club with a bar and 41 foot video screen for watching the action live and on the big screen.
The renovation will also include Wi-Fi, two new concession stand, restrooms, Guest Services, a First Aid facility, and more parking spots for RV’s complete with electric and water hookups. Other refinements include a new Victory Lane with better fan viewing, a Paddock Club near pit road, and garage suites.
A new Race Operations center is also planned where Race Control, the Public Address system, and all broadcast media booths will be housed.
The Xfinity Series and the Truck Series will take over the old Cup garage once the project is completed.
Chairman of Talladega Superspeedway Grant Lynch spoke on the new project saying, “we have had nearly 50 years of incredible history in motorsports and have been a tourist destination for so many, The investment that we are making shows a commitment today, tomorrow and beyond. Fans, both current and future, have a lot to look forward to in the next 50 years. There’s only one Talladega.”
The project is scheduled to begin after NASCAR runs it fall races October 12-14 and will be completed by October 2019 – just in time for the fall race at Talladega and a 50th anniversary for the track.
NASCAR runs two events each year at Talladega – once in the spring and again in the fall. The fall race is a part of the playoffs as the top drivers vie for the big prize at the end of the season.
feature photo credit: By Brian Cantoni – originally posted to Flickr as Talladega Panorama, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4029664