NASCAR drivers came away quite impressed with Texas Motor Speedway's new state-of-the art, studio set that made its debut for driver media availability and press conferences during the Samsung Mobile 500 doubleheader weekend. The set, designed by FX Design Group, features an 8-foot-by-14-foot backlit duracurve wall featuring racing images at Texas Motor Speedway, along with an eight-foot, custom-built, anchor-style desk with a Samsung 40-inch LED, high-definition SMART television on the front and two Samsung 55-inch LED, high-definition SMART televisions behind the desk. The design and look rivals most national and local television news and sports sets.
Among some of the comments:
"Is this Bristol?" Danica Patrick said referencing the Connecticut home of ESPN's SportsCenter when first seeing the new set on Thursday. "I should be asking, 'where is my teleprompter?"
"This is like being on the CBS News set," Greg Biffle quipped.
"I heard a lot about this set and figured I needed to come in and check it out," said winner Ricky Stenhouse after arriving for the Nationwide Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 post-race press conference.
"It is kind of nice," Carl Edwards said with a chuckle. "I think it is really cool to spice it up a little bit."